For week 2 we were separated into groups of two , each group had to go and interview two street vendors , study their life , their problems and sketch their activities . My partner and I went to Churchgate to find our street vendors ,she interviewed a cobbler and I interviewed a coconut selling vendor . Before asking him a series of questions , I started off by buying coconut water from him then I introduced myself and told him the reason behind the interview . Then I asked him if he could spare 10 to 15 minutes of his time . The questionnaire and his answers are attached below:
What is your name?
Where are you from?
Till what grade have you studied ?
Till 3rd grade
How long does it take for you to come to work?
It takes 50 minutes by train
Since when are you doing this job?
Since 17 years
What work do you do?
Sells coconuts for a living
Where is your family?
They stay in Thane
Do you have kids?
Do they go to school?
Yes they go to school
How many customers do you get in a day?
About 50 customers
While working what problems do you face?
Have a lot of health issues
What do you do during monsoon?
Cover the shop with plastic sheets
Is there something you’d like to change about your job?
No I’m happy with my job
What about the tools? What problems do you have while using them?are they easy to use?
When I shave the coconut I tend to cut my hand from time to time
What are your plans for the future?
I want to keep selling coconuts and lead a happy and simple life
THANK YOU BHAIYA
taking the coconut
shaving the top
shaving the top
coconut water is served
removing the malai
using it as a tool to remove the rest of the malai
malai is ready to eat !!!!
My sketches are attached below:
For week 2 we had to analyse the problems that the street vendor had . We chose the cobbler this time because he had more problems. . We revisited the cobbler and did a more detailed research of his problems and sketched out his problems .
I found various problems like – no place to keep umbrellas handles , glue sticking to hand , too many mosquitos , holes in cupboard due to rain , no proper equipment to keep the shoe and so on . two of my sketches are attached below :
glue sticking to hand
b.tool to keep umbrellas organised
Once we brought the sketches to class , each of us presented it individually and we got both positive and negative feedback which really helped us.
These two weeks helped me understand the importance of research and though somethings may seem simple when you dig deeper there is so many minute details you’re missing out . The first time we went to the street vendor we did’nt find that many problems but when we revisited his shop we found so many minute problems that go easily unnoticed . This is what I took back from the assignment .