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Unsung Heroes This Durga Puja


08 October 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: This Durga Puja Ommcom News made an attempt to find out those unknown faces-the unsung heroes, who toil hard to bring that feeling of joy in our lives during the festive season not for acclaim or reward.

Menaka Kinnar, a third gender, volunteers at the Nayapalli Durga Puja pandal (marquee) from 10 o'clock in the morning till 10 in the evening for the sheer love for doing social service.

“I am associated with the Nayapalli Puja Committee. I work as a volunteer to facilitate devotees in having a better darshan, maintain order, and keep an eye on anti-socials. It gives me a lot of pleasure. I get a feeling that I am doing a service to Maa," said Menaka talking to Ommcom News.

Kuna Behera, a sanitation worker hailing from Dhenkanal works under a contractor for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) for daily wages. His job is to keep the Rasulgarh Puja Pandal clean. He and his wife toil hard to feed their family of five and at the same time claim to get pleasure in serving the people in their own small way.

"We are poor people. If we wish to enjoy as others during the Puja how are we going to earn our meals? People's happiness is our joy," said Kuna speaking to Ommcom News.

However, many traffic constables who labour hard for smooth traffic movement during Durga Puja preferred not to speak on camera for fear of bosses but revealed on condition of anonymity to Ommcom News that their job was back breaking and the toughest.  These cops said that they enjoy their work.

Menaka Kinnar, Third Gender Volunteer

Kuna Behera, Sanitation Worker