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The newspaper boys of Tricity
The life gets topsy-turvy when these boys do not turn up for delivery. As a matter of fact, those who are addicted to the habit of reading the newspaper daily really get disturbed and rush to the market to buy the newspaper.

THE DELIVERY of newspapers is the last stage of circulation. During my morning walks, for last several years, I have been witnessing the routine of the newspaper boys in Tricity areas of Chandigarh.

For the convenience of the readers I must share that the tricity areas of Chandigarh include Chandigarh, Mohali (Punjab) and Panchkula (Haryana). Panchkula and Mohali are the two satellite towns adjoining Chandigarh.

These newspaper boys make the residents of tricity cheerful, sometimes sad and gloomy but believe me, our daily life is closely linked to these newspaper delivery boys. Our first hot cup of tea begins with the newspaper. All of us are fond of having our own taste for the tea and the newspaper.

City administration and the officers immediately respond to the news relating to the activities of the city. A morning schedule for all officers of the tricity begins by passing instructions to their subordinates for taking prompt action on the news pertaining to their departments.

Withstanding all odds, the newspaper boys get up early in the morning to deliver the newspapers. Braving all winds and weather they turn out daily. These boys sort out the papers and finally after inserting the advertisement pamphlets convert them into streetwise and sector -wise bundles. These are well placed in the baskets of bi-cycles, scooters and bikes meticulously in a systematic manner. These boys are quite apt with accuracy in throwing the newspapers. They roll the paper and fling them on each porch while riding their bikes. Little more training to these boys may result into good sportspersons.

They are generally punctual and always follow the same route daily for delivering the newspapers to the subscribers.

Majority of the newspaper boys are either students or part-time employees. Quite a few of them  also work in government and semi-government offices to meet their expenses due to ever-increasing inflation.

The life gets topsy-turvy when these boys do not turn up for delivery. As a matter of fact, those who are addicted to the habit of reading the newspaper daily really get disturbed and rush to the market to buy the newspaper. The ardent readers of a particular newspaper get disappointed upon failure of delivery of their favourite newspapers.

Few amazing examples of newspaper boys have established their identity not only as delivery boys but have gone far ahead in their life. Ally Mc Gilvary started as a newspaper boy later became a senior reporter and finally became the editor of the famous the Border Telegraph. Another newspaper boy Edwine Brimble who hanged his paper bag after selling the South Wales Echo for 55 years. He earned the status of “National Treasure” as he never failed to turn up to deliver the newspapers.

To conclude in a humorous way I quote Mark Twain, “If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you read the paper you are misinformed.” But by all means the newspaper boys will continue to occupy a prominent place as a connecting link to our daily life.

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