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Indore scrap collector collects old newspapers in his car!

We are all familiar with the local Raddiwallah (or scrap collector) visiting colonies shouting for old newspapers on a bicycle. He doesnt enjoy any special status in society, but Indores Gopal Sharma is a Raddiwallah with a difference.

By Rajni Khaitan

Indore, May 3 : We are all familiar with the local Raddiwallah (or scrap collector) visiting colonies shouting for old newspapers on a bicycle. He doesn't enjoy any special status in society, but Indore's Gopal Sharma is a Raddiwallah with a difference.

He collects old newspapers in his own car.

The news about Gopal Sharma, the recycling man, visiting any colony in Indore draws many children and household women to their balconies. The charm is to watch him arriving in his Fiat car to collect old newspapers.

Sexagenarian Gopal has been dealing in old newspapers for the last four decades. He has not let his age become a hurdle and perceives his work as a social service instead to viewing it as just another mean to earn his livelihood.

"It has been forty years that I am doing this work. At the outset, I had only two clients to buy waste paper from. Today, the number has swelled to 1,200 clients. I don't need to shout to invite scrap sellers, as customers can call me anytime on phone.

Gopal's has a huge clientele, thus, he can only be invited over phone. But he seeks to be intimated at least a week in advance.

"I tell them the particular day on which I can collect their scrap. I have to be informed seven days in advance," says Gopal Sharma.

He gained publicity only by word-of-mouth. There have been many occasions when individuals invited him to their homes just for the joy of selling old newspapers to a Raddiwallah who visits his clients on a car.

"Sharmaji is very honest. He does not let a single paper get missed. Right from the outset, I have complete faith in him," said Usha Aacharya, a regular client of Gopal Sharma.

"His behavior is like a family member. He has been coming here for many years. All other colony people also do not like to give waste paper to any other vendor. They wait only for him," said Jayshree Dharwale, another client of Gopal Sharma.

But if you are thinking he must be charging for his petrol expenses from clients, it's not true. He abides by the normal market rate.

ANI

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