Berhampur, Feb 14 (LocalWire): Way before the dawn, every morning, Saroj Charcha opens his tea stall in the main market of Phiringia in the Kandhamal district which becomes crowded as soon as the tea is ready. However, that is not the only speciality of this stall.
The tea stall is famous not only for its tea but also for the latest news which Saroj, a school drop-out, updates every thirty minutes on a display board. Ranging from local to International, sports, entertainment and job advertisements, he covers it all.
“My work begins at 4 A.M. and ends at 9 P.M.,” said the 38-year-old Charcha. He has been doing this work for the last 17 years.
“Earlier, I used to collect the news from the TV by visiting families who had a TV set. But today, I can easily use my mobile phone to update the news every half an hour,” added Charcha.
Charcha started disseminating news in 2003 with installing the fixture of the World Cup football and displaying the everyday results. His customers, particularly youngsters, very eagerly visited his tea-stall to get the updates of the match.
“My business gradually increased with the customers who came to get the latest news updates related to sports. That was when I decided to cover different areas of news,” he said.
Besides the youngsters, elder people also visit his stall before the newspapers arrive in town.
“Besides having an early morning tea, we also get to know the news headlines by visiting the tea-stall,” said a local police officer.
At least four people in the area have got jobs, two of them are now in the Indian Army after they applied over there after seeing the advertisements from the boards outside his stall.
Besides this, he also puts up the notices of lost and found items in the market to help their owners get their belongings back.
Edited by Meenal Singh