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(Patna) “I go to school every day from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Later in the afternoon, I work as a domestic help to assist my mother support the family. I also lend a hand at home with various household chores. I want to become a police officer.”
(Patna) “I am an artist and I make sculptures. Today is Thursday so I cannot talk more about my work. It will get jinxed.”
(Delhi) “I am a government employee and I have been working for 36 years now. It’s a good job. Balancing work and family is part of routine.”
(Delhi) “I am a teacher. But I am also a palm reader and tarot card reader. When people come back and tell me that the remedy I gave them worked, gives me a lot of satisfaction. For instance, right now a couple came and told me that my remedy helped them in having a baby.”
(Delhi) “I have no kids. My husband died when I was very young. Patna is my pihar. Don’t send my pictures to Patna, my relatives will recognize me.”
(Delhi) “I work at this restaurant. I have been working here for last two years. The job is easy and I like it.”
(Delhi) “I have a written permission to set shop here. But someofficers have not allowed me to do so. I have complained everywhere but nothing has happened so far.”
(Delhi) “Put my story at the top. I am from Rajasthan and I live in Delhi. What else do you want to know about me?”
(Delhi) “I sell bags. Sale is good during winters”
(Delhi) “We are in our first year of college. Twelfth exams were really tough.”
(Delhi) “We are doing BBA. We are here for lunch break. We have become friends today only.”
(Delhi)  “I get up at 4 a.m. and I send my children to school. I finish all the household chores- cooking, cleaning and washing and then I work here. I braid hair. My husband’s and my incomes barely manage to run the household. There is never enough money for medicines for the children or their school fees. Recently, we had to borrow a lot of money to treat an infection in my daughter’s leg. So we are in a lot of debt. With rising prices of vegetables, sugar and oil, sometimes I can only manage to give plain rotis to the children.”
(Delhi) “I live alone in Delhi while my family lives in Bihar. I am a widow and disabled. I work here all day and all evening and every day I reach home after 11 p.m. I used to make a lot of crafts but I don’t have resources to do it anymore. At this age, I would have preferred to have some home-based work.”

Unseen & Unheard: Our Stories

(Gurgaon) “I was eight months pregnant when I lost my husband. It was very painful. Every day and every second I miss him and I cannot imagine my life without him. I feel uprooted, my home was with him.But I am proud of him that he went as a soldier and he is called a matyr or a shaheed. At the same time I am filtering the loss so that it does not affect my baby because whatever I think or whatever I feel will be subconsciously passing on to him, and I wanted to be very careful about that. Of course, I wasn’t that successful because it was a very tough time. These tough situations make us and tell us who we really are.

All I can do is just gather myself and be strong and not go around blaming people for anything, “why did it happen?” is not even a question. Be independent and be strong but that does not mean that you don’t cry; you cry. But not go around blaming anyone, not go around hurting people, not go into depression, you hold yourself strong, that’s what I mean.”