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: # 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: # 21

“I am working here for the last 9 years and no one asked anything about me or took my photo!” “What do you do here?” “I am the chef. I make everything that is here on menu and serve fresh.” #OpenUP Subscribe to us for more stories. Follow us on facebook: Hit like!

Open UP: # 18

“Who are you? What are you doing here?” “I am The Ugly Indian. I clean my neighbourhood and my country.” “Can you take your mask off for the picture?” “Click me like this. I have no face. I am anonymous. I am you!” #OpenUP Subscribe to us for more stories. Follow us on facebook: Hit…

Open UP: # 17

“The guy my dad works for got this for me. I can build roads now. Do you want to see?” He demonstrates how it works to shift sand. “What do you want to be when you grow up? “I want to play cricket!” #OpenUP

Open UP: # 16

“I wanted to be an automobile engineer. I can rip apart and put together any Tata engine but no one gives a job without qualifications.”“What are you doing to get a job?” “I work part time at a friend’s shop.” #OpenUP

Open UP: # 15

“Can I click your picture?” “Okay. I am just playing. My amma is babysitting in one of the houses here.” “Where do you stay?” “Did you see the blue houses (A temporary slum) there in the next street? There.” “What aren’t you at school?” “Don’t know!” #OpenUP

Open Up: # 14

“Nice Jacket! What is the occasion?” “Today is my birthday. I wish I had some chocolates left to give you!” #OpenUP

Open UP: # 13

“How did you break your hand?”  “I was playing on a tree and I fell down.” “What did your parents say?” “Nothing. They said, I shouldn’t climb trees.” “So did you stop?” “No. I taught my brother too :)” #OpenUP