“Mi divas ratra na zopta paint karaycho factories madhye. Mala paint cha khup trass hot hota pan hech mi shikloy and hech mi karat rahanar”
My parents passed away when I was little. My mother raised me. Since then I am on my own, living life by my own means. I am a Painter.
“Majha kholit, majhya barobar ek mulgi rhate. Jevha pan amhi bhetato, ti majha sathi vada paw ante. Khup chan ahe ti. Mala khup avadte ti.”
I have had sleepless nights working in factories. I have painted for hours and I have almost got choked by the smell of the paint fumes. But this is all I know, so I just do it. There’s a girl in my locality. She gets me vada paw whenever we meet. She is really sweet, I like her.
KR Market, Bangalore
After my husband passed away, I had to take care of my family. First I got my son married, then my older daughter. Since 35 years, every single day I get up at 5am and set up my flower stall and wait for the business to start. Now I am just alive to see my youngest daughter married and then I can rest in peace.
Jagdamma , 56
Old Market, Bangalore
My son works in IT in Bangalore and my daughter works as an HR in Dubai. I purchase old, scrap metal utensils, melt them, convert them to new shiny ones and sell them. My husband died 20 years back and after him I am running the business alone.
Till the time I am alive I want to earn my own money and not depend on my children.
I sell flowers in front of the Sai mandir. My husband drinks a lot and earns nothing. My son is differently abled, and I really have to look after him. I’ve promised myself to make him a big man one day. I pray to god every day. I pray that things get better.
“Humko Patna mai kuch kam naahi tha tou yaha aake bhuddi ka baal bechta hain”
I came to Bangalore four years back. I had no job back home at Patna, so I migrated to Bangalore to sell candy floss. I make these packets every night and sell them the next day.
“Ek dandi 20 rupiyee ka hai”
Each candy stick is for Rs 20. I wish to open up a small candy shop. It’s a competitive world and I wish to grow.
I collect old and damaged shoes from stores, factories and people around from different localities. Then I wash them over, polish them, mend them and sell them off as new ones again.
“Mera khud ka dukan nahi hai”
I don’t have my own shop so I sell them on the Sunday street market. I have been working in the shoe business since 1998.
KR Market, Bangalore
I use to play with my friends while my father use to sell fruits. He is now 78. I get these fruits from the wholesale market at electronic city. I have to start early so I reach there early by 3am. My father has done a lot for me and I want him to take rest and be happy. I do my best just like my father did.