India, Sept. 15 -- After the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic swept India in early 2020, 40-year-old Mishra* (aka Delivery Bhoy on Twitter) lost his job at a Mumbai startup. A UI/UX engineer by profession, he turned to the gig economy for immediate help and joined Swiggy as a delivery partner. Instead of burning through his entire life's savings to meet the high cost of living in a Tier 1 city like Mumbai, Mishra's best hope lay in signing up with food delivery platforms to take care of his wife and child and pay the bills.

"When I was laid off, I realised that I should pick up any job as my bank balance was drying up fast; it had nearly reached a three-digit figure. The situation was so bad that I started googling 'jobs I can find to...