Nine Rupees an Hour

Sat 02 November 2019 by Thejaswi Puthraya

Disclaimer: I know the author personally and have read early drafts.

Why does a livelihood practised over generations disappear? Can "Nine Rupees an Hour" be considered a fair wage for the exquisite skill of the Pattamadai Pai weavers? Would society be richer by the loss of such livelihoods?

Aparna Karthikeyan, a journalist from Tamil Nadu answers these questions while documenting ten rural-based traditional livelihoods that are on the verge of disappearing.

She uses simple story-telling to make it accessible to a large audience while not sounding preachy.