Open UP: # 106

“I work from 11 AM till 11 PM. Sometimes I am on duty till 1. I have learnt to be patient and be ready to take my work in my stride. Very few people are courteous and thankful about our work. But that is the part of the game. We are taught to serve with…

Open UP: # 105

“I wanted to become a writer. I started many books but was never able to complete them. I tried reading some books for inspiration but then gave up and started working. Few years later, I met this girl who spoke to me kindly and encourgaed me to write again. So I took out all my…

Open UP: # 104

  “We know each other since the last 5 years and we are together since three. He is working on a cruise and I am here. I miss him so much and got this tattoo done to remind myself that he is with me always. We get very little chance to meet each other and…

Open UP: # 103

 “If you taste our Panchi Petha, you will remember it for the next 10-15 yrs. You will never like any other Petha again. This is the original petha as we use the ancient original recipe that has been passed on over many generations. We come from the family that makes the original Agra Petha.”  …

Open UP: # 102

“This is a 4 ft * 12 ft shop. I work for 12-14 hours every day and sell about 800-1000 cups of tea everyday and equal amount of cigarettes. As the space is small I cannot sit down or rest comfortably in this shop but I make a decent amount of money after paying 8000₹ rent…

Open UP: # 101

“I am the eldest in my family. I have a younger sister and a brother who are in school. We are from a middle class family and since I am the first to graduate, I took up this job and started working. I send 50-60% of my salary home to my parents. I am also…

Open UP: # 100

He just stepped down from the stage after a performance and tapped on his shoulder and told him, “You should quit!” After being mobbed by the crowd, he came back and we started talking.   “I always wanted to do something that is related to people and psychology. I am training myself from the last…

Open UP: # 99

“When I came here to work, I was 15 yrs old. I go home twice every year – once for Republic day and Independence day when the shop is closed for holidays. I go to visit my wife and 7 yr old son at home. My wife does stitching and knitting while my son is…

Open UP: # 98

“I came to Delhi and started working here at this shop when I was 7 yrs old. Now I am 67 and now I own this shop. 60 years and I don’t know what is life without coming here to work everyday.” #OpenUP Subscribe to us for more stories. Follow us on facebook: Hit like!  

Open UP: # 97

“I depend on what people give me to survive. I don’t like begging and sometimes people just give me money. There is a guy who gives small bowl of dal and two rotis for 10 INR here and I have that every day. It is not much but keeps me alive.” #OpenUP Subscribe to us for more…

Open UP: # 96

“I used to beg before. It was tough. So I started collecting all waste plastic from the road. On a good day I work for 10-12 hours and have enough to get me 400 INR (7$). I don’t need to beg anymore. The amount of plastic and garbage people throw here is enough to take…

Open UP: # 95

“I just come and set up shop here. I get these tools on rent. On a good day, I get to make around 300 INR ($5) and can take something home. If you take my picture and mention the place, I could lose my spot. Don’t put up a picture with my face or someone…