Holding your horses in Matheran
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Holding your horses in Matheran

August 14, 2019

Who has kept this rickshaw here
in the middle of the road? [My name is] Manoj Murlidhar Kasunde I live in Matheran, in Panchvati Nagar Sometimes, it so happens that
the horse isn’t taken out for business He doesn’t earn; he is ill Then we spend on him just like
we would for a family member Anywhere between 5,000 and 15,000 rupees Whenever injections have to be administered, we bring the medicine for the horse from
Mumbai, irrespective of the distance We handle their injections, buy syringes
[give the medicine] all by ourselves We have the huge responsibility of taking care of them A doctor is not necessary Why spend money for a doctor when
we can take care of our own horses? There are 460 licensed horses – 460 horses work here The horses don’t get hurt, do they? Yes, they do. But then we care for them.
Give them all the medicines they need If someone [a customer] pay us 1,000 rupees,
we live happily all day I have been in this business for 30 years now People like you come here, customers come It is a hilly area, with places for sightseeing.
We get our sustenance from this We are happy doing this Only, our animals should be healthy –then we are happy My name is Shantaram Namdev Kawle Our village is in Pune district [Matheran] is packed [with tourists] over the weekend Also during Diwali and Christmas. Even in April and May Otherwise it is full on Saturdays and Sundays [We walk] 20-25 kilometres [every day] We have to get up at 3.30 a.m.
Feed the horse, give it water And by 5 a.m. we move out for business We get up early at 3.30 a.m.
if we have an order [booking] Otherwise we get up by 6 or 7a.m. Once we go out with the horse,
we almost always get a customer Who will give us any business if we sit at home? Come at 5a.m., 6a.m., 7a.m., and you will get business, definitely
at least a couple of bookings At the back is his [the horse’s] photo My name is Shivaji Kokare I ride horses here I have been doing this for 4-5 years This is my family business I ride well I have completed my graduation From Neral [at the foot of the hill].
I am from Dhangarwada in Neral If we get a booking, we make around 3-4 trips This horse’s name is Raja His name is Jaipal And his name is Chetak

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