He’s the man when we go to when we need our mutton biryanis or kebabs. But what do we actually know about butchers? For starters they are called kasai in Hindi and Urdu. The professional butcher in the spotlight is Md Masoor who has been wielding his knife since the past 20 years, starting out when he was just a teenager.
Everyday is a challenge for him because there are so many butchers that the competition is cut throat. At Rs 320 a kilo, mutton is certainly expensive and people have been switching to chicken.
Masoor says he is happy if he sells meat of even one goat a day. A full grown goat costs anywhere between Rs 2000-3000 and most butchers buy them from Jiyaguda. A butcher does not make more than Rs 5000 a month, which is not a great amount these days.Masoor who has a soft spot for dogs, throws away the meat scraps to strays.