A woman in her 20s is not the first to walk her dog in a public place in Mumbai.
She is not alone.
In a city that has seen its population boom in recent years, many residents are adopting the custom of pulling their dogs’ tails to create a decorative wall in public places, including malls, restaurants, restaurants and bars.
The practice is called karmakar, which means ‘dog walk’.
It’s not uncommon for a group of women to join forces to pull their dogs in front of a public space in an effort to keep it clean and neat.
The owner of a popular bar in Mumbai’s Gulbarga district, Sushila Kumar, said she had started doing the practice around the time she was married to a friend.
“I have been doing it for a long time, and people don’t know that it’s a tradition,” said Kumar.
The dog walkers are mostly from a lower caste group.
In Mumbai, there are some 200 to 300 karmakaar in the area.
But Kumar’s group of about 10 women is the first of its kind in the city, according to a city official.
Kumar, who has been doing the tradition for the past 10 years, says she wants to share the beauty of the dog walk with others.
“My goal is to create more karmakhar in Mumbai,” she said.
Karmakars are a traditional form of community service in the Punjabi region of India.
They are a popular activity among Punjabis, whose history is rooted in the ancient Punjari language and the Punavali religion, which emphasizes the connection between God and the dogs.
The idea for the tradition dates back to the late 19th century, when the first karmaks were born in the rural areas of Maharashtra.
In Maharashtra, the practice is practiced by about 50 karmikars, or small families, according a Mumbai official.
In some areas of the city where karmakura has been going on for decades, it has been popular among women, with many sharing their stories on social media and in local newspapers.
A dog karmarka in the Gulbarpur area of Mumbai, where the practice has been in place for decades.
The trend has been spreading across the city and even outside Mumbai, too.
In a recent case in Mumbai, a man’s dog was pulled to create the ‘Karmaloos’ or ‘puppy wall’ in a bar.
The owner of the bar has since been charged with violating the Maharashtra Code of Dogs.
“Karmakura is one of the oldest traditions in Mumbai and people have been coming to our bar every day to take their dogs,” said one of its owners, Rupam, a 37-year-old construction worker.
“The karmalkar are very friendly.
It is very important that people keep their dogs clean,” he said.
“People can say, ‘Please don’t pull your dog to the wall,’ but you can’t say no.”
Rupam said he started the tradition about 10 years ago, when his wife, who is also a karmara, started pulling her dogs.
Rupum said it took a while for the practice to catch on in Mumbai because of the social stigma surrounding the practice.
“People are hesitant to adopt the tradition,” he added.
“We had people asking me not to adopt it, and I was afraid that if I didn’t adopt it I would lose my family.”
In Mumbai, the karmas are also being celebrated by a local group called the Dog Walkers of Maharashtra, which has about 15 volunteers.
The group is not a formal organisation.
“Our volunteers come and take their pets to the karamas to make them look clean, cleanliness and well-behaved,” said Rajesh, the group’s volunteer coordinator.
Rajesh said the volunteers also help in cleaning up after the dogs and have done a number of karmakiar.
“If there are any karmakis left, we take them to a nearby karamakar and give them a bath,” he explained.