30 September, 2020

24 Hours In Life Of Priyanka Behera: Of Courage And Precision, Delivering In A Man's World

Priyanka Behera is Odisha's first Flipkart delivery girl. She was once refused a job for being a woman. Her colleagues treat her like a 'sister' now

Photograph by Biswaranjan Mishra
24 Hours In Life Of Priyanka Behera: Of Courage And Precision, Delivering In A Man's World
outlookindia.com
2019-11-25T11:52:32+05:30

Priyanka Behera is an hour late for office today. “She had to go for a medical test first,” says her manager, Manoj Kumar Sahu, whom she calls ‘bhai’. She arrives at 10.30, signs the attendance register, takes a quick stock of the packets ­earmarked for her, gets the barcodes scanned by a colleague, packs them all into a large black bag and then sets off on her moped on her day’s errand, the bag on her shoulders.

Priyanka is Odisha’s first Flipkart delivery girl and perhaps the first delivery girl in the state in a trade that has long been a male bastion. It takes her a while—and a few calls on her mobile—for her to locate her first stop today. She delivers the packet at a shop on Canal Road near Rasulgarh in Bhubaneswar, takes the client’s digital signature and leaves for her next stop—a house in Friendship Colony.

“I salute her courage,” says the woman who takes the ­delivery. “When women are flying fighter jets today, why shouldn’t they take up ­delivery jobs...

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