Open UP: #141

“This fellow is my friend as we are sitting here from the last 25 years. He eats all my peanuts and chana for free and never even gave me one precious stone! He gives free gyan to people about life, love, money, friendship and what not. When he goes to Namaaz, I take care of…

Open Up: #140

“The life on the street is amazing, lively and ever changing. The attack on Mumbai changed our lives and we made it a point to live happily everyday and to be for each other no matter what. We are childhood friends who chose to pursue three different streams – medicine, architecture and fashion! We don’t…

Open UP: # 139

“I am selling semi-precious stones in the same place from the last 30 years. I also have a collection of rare coins if you would care to buy. I have seen the clashes between religions and classes for far too long. I believe, religion doesn’t change anything in a person, unless your soul is clean….

Open UP: # 138

“I always competed with my cousin brothers and all the boys in my class to be in sports considered as boy’s domain. This was rare feat to achieve in the 1970s. My father always backed me up and encouraged me to take it seriously. I was very successful in my pursuit of football and cricket…

Open UP: # 137

“I was studying to be an accountant when my father lost his job and I had to drop out of school. I did odd jobs and worked as a tailor, receptionist and what not! After I got married, my husband and I decided to provide the best education for our children. So when our son…

Open up: 136 – World travel in low budget – Shrinidhi

Shrinidhi has been on the blogging scene since the very beginning and has a huge readership in the arena of travel. Over the years he has blogged about travel, technology and what not. Exploring new shores being his passion, writing his past-time, he had no option but to come out with his first book –…

Open UP: # 135

I grew up in a family that inculcated values like standing up for the truth and being true to yourself. I always wanted to be a journalist and pursued it with all my energy. I graduated top of my class with a gold medal. I worked as a journalist for 8 years. Though the work…

Open UP: #134

“I have three younger sisters and two brothers in my family to take care of. All of them are working odd jobs except for the youngest brother who is in school. I wanted to be a beautician but didn’t have any formal training and was looking for a job when a bhaiyya helped me get…

Open UP: #133

  I grew up in a rough neighborhood and was misled in my childhood. I lost my path and got entangled into all the vices like drinking, gambling, drugs and what not. I joined a gang and was very good at beating up people and escaping when needed. My life was in doldrums and then…

Open UP: #132

I grew up in a very studious, modern, competitive family and was always ahead of my peers both in studies and sports. I had the best campus placement among all my friends and was blazing through my career. I thought I am settled now. Then it happened. One of my team managers started getting close…

Open UP: #131

I was in PU when my parents got this proposal from a business man. We got married as soon as I hit 18. As in every arranged marriage we took time to adjust. He was very caring and supported my studies. I soon got a job. His business was stabilizing. All our relatives, friends were…

Open UP: #130

“What makes you come to work every day?” “I believe it is a blessing to have such a huge responsibility to serve my country sir. I left my village, my family and friends to serve in the forces. Yes I am worried about the moment if I have to give it all up. We are…