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24 Hours In Life Of Esther Shanthi | Taming Goons And Living In Chambers Of Death

Esther Shanthi leads the extra-ordinary life of managing a crematorium in Chennai. Working 12 hours a day for a salary of Rs 12,000 a month, she has been an enigma of sorts

24 Hours In Life Of Esther Shanthi | Taming Goons And Living In Chambers Of Death
Photograph by G.C. Shekhar
24 Hours In Life Of Esther Shanthi | Taming Goons And Living In Chambers Of Death
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2019-11-25T11:38:22+05:30

Drums announce the arrival of the first corpse at the cremation and burial ground in Otteri, Chennai. As the procession moves ­towards the cremation hall in the 14-acre complex, a lady on a two-wheeler arrives at the large smoke-stained hall that houses the ­cremation chamber. She checks if the furnace has ­attained its optimum temperature The son of the ­deceased lights a camphor on his father’s chest before the body is thrust into the fire.

Thus begins another working day for Esther Shanthi, the supervisor of Chennai’s second-largest burial and cremation ground in a locality notorious for high crime rates. For the past five years, the 40-year-old mother of three has been skilfully managing the facility.

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