Fish Vendor Jameel Maas, who travels miles to earn a livelihood

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Sameer Ahmad

Anantnag: 53- year old Jameel Maas (aunt) hailing from Hazratbal area of Srinagar  leaves her home in the wee hours to reach south Kashmir’s  Anantnag town. Her schedule is fixed from last 33 years. Each morning, Jameel Maas travels to  Anantnag town , about 45 Km away from her hometown. There she sets up a shop at a footpath near  Driver Masjid and  sells her daily catch of fish .

While Talking to Daily Uqab Jameel Maas said that she has been  selling fish for the last 33 years in Anantnag town. ”I start my day quite early in the morning, and each day I get fresh catch of fish from Srinagar to sell it in Anantnag . People here know me  and call me  Maasa out of love, she said.

Jameel Maas lives with her three daughters and two sons in Kashmir’s capital area of Srinagar, According to jameela, her husband is suffering from some ailment and the whole responsibility of running the house is on her shoulders, she said.

However Jameel Maas praises the Chairman Municipal committee Anantnag Hilal Ahmad Shah who permits her to sit on the bridge near Driver Masjid in Bus stand Anantnag and never stops to sell fishes.

According to jameela, people from across Anantnag district come to me to buy fishes, Jameela selling fresh fishes and not a single complaint she received from the last 33 years. The reason being she has maintained the quality standard . She sells fresh fish and never compromises on the quality . That has helped her to gain popularity among people who come from nearby areas of Anantnag town to buy her  fresh fish, Jameela said.

While talking to Arising state a buyer Abdul Hameed said that he has been visiting Jameela for the last three years to buy fishes here in Anantnag town, jameela sells fresh fishes and gives in good price, he said.

Meawnhile Jameela like several other women’s is doing this business to survive their families in Anantnag town. There is a mystery behind each of them and they are earning their livelihood by working hard to survive their families.

 

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