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The Mechanic : In this image you can see a mechanic repairing a gas oven in his little shop in central Calcutta.From the kind of kitchen apparatus on display in his shop,it is evident that he repairs pressure cookers and juicer-mixers too,apart from gas ovens.Such small shops can be found in large numbers,especially in the Chandni Chowk area,where mechanics of mobile/cell phones outnumber others by a large margin.In India,the policy for middle class people is to buy such gadgets/instruments etc.which have a longer life or are repairable at low cost.In this way,you can expect a normal color TV to last for at least 15 years and a car for 20 years.But the onslaught of the consumer market is eating into such old miserly mindset.Giants like Samsung,Nokia,Suzuki expect you to believe in the use and throw policy.But as you can observe here,it will certainly take a few more decades before Indians start to throw their stuffs away before repairing them at least once.

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