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11 Unique Jobs That Exist Only In India

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1. Dabbawallas in Mumbai.

Prominent in Mumbai, the dabbawalas deliver meals to offices and homes across the city. Interestingly, conventionally dabbawalas weren't employees but each one of them was a self-employed entrepreneur. Now, Mumbai's beloved dabba industry has expanded to include some larger companies and gourmet options as well.
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Prominent in Mumbai, the dabbawalas deliver meals to offices and homes across the city. Interestingly, conventionally dabbawalas weren't employees but each one of them was a self-employed entrepreneur. Now, Mumbai's beloved dabba industry has expanded to include some larger companies and gourmet options as well.

2. Rudaalis in Rajasthan.

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Rudaalis are professional weepers in certain areas of Rajasthan, hired to mourn the death of a male relative in a family.

3. Ear cleaners.

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These roadside heroes use needles, pincers, and cotton to clean wax and dirt out of their clients' ears.

4. Teachers who coach students to get them into other coaching classes.

Students who want to get into the prestigious IIT colleges have to pass the extremely competitive IIT-JEE exams. Coaching classes exist all around the country to train students to do so. In Rajasthan, some coaching classes are themselves so reputable and selective, that they have their own entrance exams. And teachers now exist who train students to pass those exams, reports the Times of India.
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Students who want to get into the prestigious IIT colleges have to pass the extremely competitive IIT-JEE exams. Coaching classes exist all around the country to train students to do so. In Rajasthan, some coaching classes are themselves so reputable and selective, that they have their own entrance exams. And teachers now exist who train students to pass those exams, reports the Times of India.

5. Disabled people who take travelers with them for discounted ticket rates.

Disabled people get 50-75% concessions on train tickets and are allowed one co-passenger as an escort. The co-passengers receive the same concession. Some disabled people earn their living with this scheme. Travelers hire a disabled person for a discounted journey and pay them a commission for it.
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Disabled people get 50-75% concessions on train tickets and are allowed one co-passenger as an escort. The co-passengers receive the same concession. Some disabled people earn their living with this scheme. Travelers hire a disabled person for a discounted journey and pay them a commission for it.

6. Palanquin carriers at Palitana Temples, Gujarat.

Palanquin carriers offer their services to those who cannot climb up the steep and several stairs on their way to visiting the Palitana temples.
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Palanquin carriers offer their services to those who cannot climb up the steep and several stairs on their way to visiting the Palitana temples.

7. Paanwallas.

A matchbox sized shop that is such a common sight to our eyes is 100% desi and won't be found anywhere else.
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A matchbox sized shop that is such a common sight to our eyes is 100% desi and won't be found anywhere else.

8. Baaratis on rent.

The Best Guests Agency in Rajasthan has 70 people on its book, up to be hired by families hosting weddings, to pretend to be relatives or friends of the family, as reported by BBC.
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The Best Guests Agency in Rajasthan has 70 people on its book, up to be hired by families hosting weddings, to pretend to be relatives or friends of the family, as reported by BBC.

9. Hijras wedding performers.

It's considered a good omen to invite hijras to weddings since they're believed to bring health and prosperity wherever they dance. They also wish well for the family members.
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It's considered a good omen to invite hijras to weddings since they're believed to bring health and prosperity wherever they dance. They also wish well for the family members.

10. Human "langurs" in Delhi.

In July, 2014, Indian Parliament hired 40 "young persons" to act like langurs and SCARE AWAY THE MONKEYS. No, this is not a Faking News report.

11. Moneymaking messengers of god.

The business is really thriving.
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The business is really thriving.