Vijay Singh Yadav is the Branch manager of Nowgong branch of Samhita Microfinance, a field partner of Milaap. His is 21, married, and youngest among the staff of the branch. We have been having a number of all nights debates on various subjects, ranging from existence of god to the best way to earn the money. Today, the topic of discussion was about the way of life in big cities. I thought that I had an upper hand as I had lived in cities for at least 7 years while he had lived for just 25 days, but boy I was wrong.
Imagine a 15 year old boy, who have just passed 10th standard and have spent his whole life in a small village, with no means to earn money, has an argument with his father and decides to make his own life and leaves the house. Most of us would expect him to come back once his anger subsides, but this did not happen with Vijay.
He decided to go to Vapi near Surat, where some boys from his village worked. Having no money, he sold his mobile for Rs 600 and took another 400 from a relative. With 1000 Rupees and no experience he started his journey. The first hurdle came in the form of railway station. Having never traveled in a train before, he followed the crowd, first at the line to buy tickets and than to grab a seat in the general coach.The first thing he saw in the Surat was the huge buildings and he suddenly realized that the world was different than he has seen in his entire life. He felt lost.
He then decided to go to Silvassa near Mumbai, as he had found that some of his friends worked there. His first job there was at a pharmaceutical factory. There, he had to wear plastic clothes all day which made him sweat and the smell of the chemicals got on his nerves. He decided that it was not the job from him.
PCM was a factory that made all kind of caps for bottles. His worked the longest there, for 13 days. His job was to remove the defective pieces the machine made. But one day he and his friends wanted to watch a movie and when they were not given leave by supervisor, they all left the job.
Then was the turn of Coil making factory. He worked there for 3 days. On the second day he injured his finger and went to sit in the AC room. When the supervisor asked him to work again and again, he got emotional and slapped him. He returned to work next day and sat in the AC room for the whole day and left the factory to never come back.