HUMANS OF INDIA
“Modelling was always at the back of my mind.
When I was in the 10th standard, I decided to give a shot at modeling. Without any modeling background, it seemed like a futile idea. I had no clue about where to begin, how to proceed, whom to approach. Rejections crowded my way. People made fun of me because I was too thin back then. With time, I had become thick-skinned.
People say unexpected things happen at unexpected times. I couldn’t agree more. In the 12th standard, I got my first break in modeling. I got selected for my first ever fashion show. I was surprised but delighted at the same time. What seemed like an endless series of failures, suddenly led to an overwhelming success. Patience was the key.
Today, when I look back, I take pride in whatever I have achieved till date. I have done shoots with Snapdeal, Flipkart, Raymond, Zee news and many other designer brands as well. I have also walked the ramp for various designers. However, I wasn’t an overnight star, I had to work hard for all this. I’d like to credit my parents for all this. They have stood with me through thick and thin. They supported my decision, even when it seemed like a risky affair. I can very proudly say that I have just graduated from college and yet haven’t borrowed a single penny from my parents in the last two years. Hopefully, one day, you see me on billboards across roads. “
“Dance has always been a huge part of me, ever since I was three years old. My folks never encouraged any sort of dance classes so I used to watch TV and YouTube and learn on my own. Eventually I fought and joined Dance classes and a couple of months later my talent was acknowledged and I was chosen to be an instructor. It was a great feeling to get a lot of recognition from everyone for something that I was passionate about, but of course there were a lot of hardships. I had to drop out of college and I started with just two thousand as monthly salary which wasn’t much considering I traveled a lot for classes. With a lot of strength to deal with the obstacles and some kind of a stubborn determination, I’m here today as what I am!
I face a lot of criticism from older people because they claim to have more experience than I do in the field. I accept their point of view but I do not necessarily oblige because I believe in hard work and determination. There are instances where the older instructors have had trouble trusting me because of my age. However within no time I made sure I proved my point, became a “master-instructor” at the age of 19 and held a lot of dance shows and classes independently. I’m not afraid to say that I could even be better than them sometimes and age or background really isn’t a factor that determines your talent and power.
When most people of my age enjoy socializing and going out and things like that, I enjoy my work more. Honestly it is such a major drawback at times to not socialize in today’s world but life is all about prioritizing and I choose my Work. I absolutely love dancing as it makes me forget about reality and I’m glad I get to work through my passion – Dance.” – Spoorthi
“Since my childhood I was interested in music. In those days,I listened to music on cassettes,radios and TV. I eventually got attached to music and always thought of making a career and living out of it. I always admired RD Burman sahab because his music inspired me to become an artist. As a student my mind always got diverted to music instead of studies. I played on anything, a box, a bench and my family also noticed and supported my passion for Music. One of my friends went to a place called Malvan and they have this Koli Festival in which everyone played the drums, dholaks, saxophones. Whenever I visited this place, I always went inside the music room while others went out and enjoyed. And from there I got attracted to playing drums. It has been around 31 years since I have been in the music industry. One of the many Obstacles I faced was financially for buying an instrument as I belonged to a lower middle class family. But my mother and my sister helped me get my first drums and I started going to a music teacher. Then in 1993 I joined my first orchestra and my music career got a big push and ever since I played for various playback singers such as Sunidhi Chauhan, Kumar Sanu and I have also played abroad from Dubai till Bahrain.”
“My only message to all the parents would be to let your children chose their own career path or make their own career. Don’t stop them from doing what they are interested in doing.”
“Everything Changed ever since my dog came into my life. At the start it was very difficult to handle him as we were new to handling pets. But slowly and steadily as time passed by we got better at interacting with him. The workload suddenly increased when he was first adopted as he defecated anywhere and anytime. We had problem giving him food at proper time so we had to give him to a dog trainer. But then I noticed that our dog got really scared every time the trainer was around. Because he beat him with a stick, we immediately canceled his training and made sure that he doesn’t do this to any other dog again. Now before dirtying our house he comes to us and gives us signs that he wants to go out. He truly has blessed us with his presence in our lives. But at first I was not open to this kind of change, it all changed when he fell Ill at the age of 6-8 months, which turned out to be a nightmare for us. We came to know that he had Infection, the doctors said that “we will see what we can do”. It was a very critical stage. That was the moment I felt his value in my life.”
“One thing that life has taught me is to expect the unexpected. From being in the merchant navy last year this time to having my own start-up which will hopefully change the fitness industry in India has been a humongous transformation for me. Over the tenure of my life I have learnt that we should never lose out on opportunities and that when they come knocking on the door, we should welcome it with open arms. At the same time we should make sure that the opportunity is used to the fullest and that is where my Merchant Navy background comes to help as being disciplined and on time is as important in a start up as it is in the Merchant Navy. Zymin came into being on the onset of November last year when my elder brother and I saw the flaws in the Indian fitness industry both for the trainers and for us. My main advice for people would be that we should start small in life but dream big. Dreaming and making it your goal to achieve those dreams is what has helped me get a team of 6 people and a mobile application which can revolutionize the fitness industry.”
“As soon as I graduated college when I was twenty two years old, I worked locally as an accountant while trying my best to gain opportunities as an actor.
It took tremendous effort and a long time before I could display my talent and get a job as an actor with a side role in one of the best Kannada films at the time.
I had worked as an accountant for almost 15 years totally when I didn’t have a film to work on and still continue to do so.
I am forty eight years old now and have acted in over 300 films and starred in various commercial ads and other documentaries.
I hope to continue making films for as long as I can and I’d like to say that working hard for your passion will always pay off as long as your intentions and goals are clear and focused on.”
“I really love India but there is one thing that worries me every single time I come across poverty. I
I love travelling and have travelled to over twenty countries purely to observe and experience different cultures and backgrounds.
There is something in the way a lot of other countries have grown and progressed that give me happiness to just know about.
I believe we as Indians promote poverty sometimes by donating to the able and well bodied people of the nation instead of encouraging them to earn their money and not beg.
If only we could eradicate poverty by promoting an attitude to work hard and not waste precious time and resources, I believe our country could be just as good as every other well developed nation.”
“Its different coming from coastal area to a big city like Delhi. I have been here for 12 months and it’s my first experience living in a big city. Change from normality . To get out of my comfort zone. When you are far away from your family , not that it is a fear, but you are aware that you are far away.”
What is your favorite childhood memory?
“After every Sunday lunch, my mother, father, sister and I would drive around entire lengths and breadths of Goa.”
“I am new to Delhi, as I got married recently. It was difficult for me in the beginning, but I am learning the culture of this city. I love traveling and am looking forward to explore interesting places in Delhi. Once again, I am happy to relive my childhood memories with my husband.”
“What brought you to belly dance?”
” I saw an ad posted in college for belly classes and got very excited to learn this new subject. My love for dancing lead me to try various dance forms . I know all the leaps and splits. Plus, I liked the fact that there were all age levels in the class. It meant I could never be too old to dance. When music touches you in its own special way then let your soul be free to say – DANCE. The beautiful person you will grow into will surprise you. Don’t settle for less and know your worth!
“I was always a desirous student in college and hence took up professional training in Bharatanatyam. I was very active, participating in cultural programs and never missed a single opportunity to dance. Instead of considering it as another hobby, Young artists should take up dance seriously .”
“Give all your heart to the art form and it will love you back more, day by day.”
“It goes without saying that college is a great place to get an education. But these couples remind me that college can be more than just going to class and studying.”
“Our love story is very unique and a special life changing story for me and the man I love with all of my heart and soul. The first time I saw him, we were sitting next to each other but on a different desk. I remember glancing over at him and thinking, Oh! God, His Smile..the charm on his face when he smiles. I really cannot describe in words… It felt like there’s all the light in the world. After not being in touch for almost 4 months, we started talking and became really good friends. Then after few months we came in a relationship and then happiness began to fill my day. We’ve shared so many good times together. We laugh together, we walk together, we talk together, we sit together. There are so many great times that we’ve had together.
A feeling so sweet and special too. As I said earlier, our love story is unique as “I love him but he doesn’t ” and still we are together. We had a special bond that grew stronger day after day. I only wish that it could stay that way forever. He is the only thing I ever really wanted.”
“I will not use any derogatory words like true love or false love as they serve the purpose to demean the very meaning of love. Love can’t be false or true. It is just love. Either you love someone or not, there is no true or false justifying your purpose. For some people there is only one person. For me it is him. We do share a bittersweet relation or it is just bitter, not a relation.
People love one another, hate one another or simply doesn’t want the other person to exist or in some cases their sole
existence is based on the other.”
“Is there anything that you would like to say to him?”
Yeah ! I would like to say…If its a yes, hold me like you mean it If its a no, stay as we are now You can walk away after this.
I can live with a “maybe” rather than a “no” Hope is a good thing You are the only one I have.”
“This kid came by and asked for money, but I bought him food which was more valuable to him. Everybody reading this post is fortunate enough to choose their meal but unfortunately many aren’t. So guys whenever a beggar begs give them food instead of MONEY !!! Because ultimately a man begs only for his TUMMY.”
(Zain didn’t want a pic but I forced ?? along with the kid !!! ?)
“I stayed in Cuff Parade in Bombay and worked as an Estate Agent. I have Multiple Sclerosis which can’t be cured and has disabled me to walk. Few years back I shifted to Delhi where I stayed for some time and then moved back to Mumbai. I realized it was boring at home, so my sister suggested this old age home. I really like it here, it feels like Home. We come from different religion and background but stay as one strong family.”
My message to the younger generation is “Be faithful to your partner and solve problems together.”
HUMANS OF INDIA
“I have always been an athletic girl from a tender age until I found my true passion for shooting targets with a rifle.
I began shooting and practicing three or four years ago and ever since I have been a national player as well.
I excelled at the sport and won a gold medal at the university I studied in until they recognised it and sent me to a few national competitions. If only I had the resources to use an advanced rifle, I’d have probably won the tournament.
It is a pretty expensive affair and that is why I plan to hold off this passion until I save enough to provide for my own training expenses.
Nevertheless, I will always practice and try to get better at the sport.”
“I got injured three years back. I was playing left back when the striker came with the ball. I almost had him. I tackled but he was quick. He passed the ball but fell over me. His knee hit me on the nose and I blacked out in an instant. The next thing I knew was that I was in a medical clinic getting my nose bone straight. It got cracked. This is sports. Its not just a game. It involves emotion. I love the game so I play it even after the injury.”
“After graduating from school , I chose photography as my career . Instead of going behind the normal careers , i have chosen a road less trodden by . A path that i have always dreamed of chasing since my childhood . Capturing the beautiful moments of life have always fancied me .I dont think you really need anything else if you are living your dream . Its not an easy job , but one can achieve anything with hard work and dedication….10% luck , 20% skill , 15% concentrated power of will and a 100% reason to remember my name . Photography is my life and my camera is my first and last love. Anywhere , any shot, any time , i am ready to adjust the focus and make the click mine.”
“Ever since I left my studies after my 12th standard, I have been doing photography full time. My main foray would be as a Wedding Photographer but My passion lies with Wildlife as you require a lot of investment for the camera and lenses which are suitable for a wildlife Photographer. I am currently saving for my wildlife Photographer Career. My passion for photography started since my best Friend and I both started learning the basic settings of the camera and lenses, I also got into photography as I did not see a point in studying further after my 12th standard and was looking for a reasonable career option. My mother supported me for this decision, and she said that “If you want to do it, go ahead but do it on your own” and as I kept getting a little income and saving I purchased a DSLR camera myself.”
“I am an army girl. My father is a Paratrooper and I look up to him. As a child I roamed around wearing his barrette .That was the best part of him being home .I have almost seen the entire country and changed over 10 Schools. Initially I did graduation from Shri Venkateswara college. I am a NCC cadet as well. I have been a part of the Republic Day Camp 2016 and Youth Exchange Programme Sri Lanka. I did Para jump with my father. It’s a memory to be cherished. It feels so great to be trained at the same place where your dad once got trained .I was excited as well as concerned. Excited because I had my father beside me. And concerned for his safety. I still remember we were in AN-32 at 1500 feet . Dad was standing in front of the door and I was behind him. My Ustad Warren Office looked at me and said ‘ You are going to make history today”. Your father is here . Make us proud. ‘ And the next moment I was in air. Absolutely blissful! I had a safe landing. I got up and looked for my father. And there he was smiling. I ran towards him and hugged him and tears rolled down my eyes .I was so happy he was safe. I couldn’t ask for more. And we walked down together laughing and giggling. I am grateful I made it.”
“My love For football begun Gradually as I was always very physically active ever since I was a little boy. And slowly and steadily I started developing my love for football. And I decided that I should be doing what I love. Eventually I started playing for my school and college and then local clubs and Now I am playing for Air India club as a Striker. Cristiano Ronaldo , UFC Fighter Connor McGregor And one of my very best Friends Yogesh Sawant have been my inspiration and courage for football.”
“Did you face any issues in the initial stages regarding football?”
“I really had no major difficulties at any point of time in my life. I did have mental barriers, but I overcame them. I had support from my mother who has now retired and taken VRS(voluntary retirement scheme) and my Father who retired 5 months back. “
‘You just know when you meet the right person that there aren’t any violins playing in the background like in movies but yes, your heart gives you a signal and it did show me a complete package of all that I desired.I had many crushes in school-college days but never ever been into a relationship. So, one day when my dad asked me to meet him, I was slightly taken aback. I went mad thinking how it would go. Will we have time to know each other? What if I don’t like him? All these questions going around in my mind and I was so clueless on what’s gonna happen. The day arrived and what I now remember is it wasn’t how i felt !
One year ago, had anyone told me that I would have an arranged marriage and that too fall head-over-heels in love, I would have definitely scoffed at them. But today, it’s like waking up each day with that warm glow inside.”
“I started playing chess when I was 9.Since my uncle is a chess trainer,I trained under him and have played many tournaments in all age categories representing my state.Getting into a premier college through sports quota is something that’s not a gallop of luck ! After getting into engineering it’s quite difficult to play regularly.May be after my graduation I may take up chess seriously and work on it.Hopefully I’ll be back to consistency.I’m very much interested in psychology.I’m also a part of “Teach My Kid” organisation.”
“A single seed can sprout into a majestic tree, a single drop can fill a ocean, a single decision can change our lives. For me, this decision was choosing to play basketball at an age where I didn’t understand it as a “sport” , it was a decision made purely to accompany my friend, it was also the best decision of my life. Now 10 years later, I made that one seemingly inconsequential choice, I still have no regrets. Basketball became more then just a game, it became a tangible part of my life, so much so that I started putting in more effort than anybody else on my team. This passion led to my playing on an International level twice, representing our proud country. It should have been my proudest moment just as much as I still should be playing basketball but, sometimes what we hope doesn’t really happen. My experiences were always bridled with unfairness, that shouldn’t exist. Preferences and politics took a front seat to talent until we couldn’t cope with it anymore. We’ve heard the phrase, “Kill the politics in sports and we’ll see a good player in every other street”. This phrase hasn’t yet been heeded, it remains a fact, a fictitious belief and not a reality. Believe me when I say that when this becomes true, India would reach insurmountable heights, and I would truly be proud to play in our country as a girl, as a player and as an Indian!”
“My brother calls me every month and requests me to come back. I told him that I’m married now and that I am a mother. He wants me to bring all my family to Guwahati. But this isn’t easy. I’m stuck in this world of torture.
A few days back I had to take my daughter in emergency to the hospital. White bubbles started to come out of her mouth. The doctor said she has been poisoned.
It came out that my brother’s bhabhi gave her a glass filled with lizol. She drank it thinking it is water.
My daughter was unable to speak for weeks. I’m stuck in this world. I want to get out but I can’t. I want to go back home but I can’t.
I’ve saved up some money and now I live in a very small house away from everyone. Just me, my husband and my kids.”
“After three days of travelling I got out of the train with only a bag full of clothes. I was hungry and lonely. I realized that from Guwahati I ended up in old Delhi railway station. A thousand miles away from home.
I didn’t knew what to do and I started crying badly. There was a man who was cleaning the platform. He came to me and asked me what’s my problem. I told him everything because that was the only thing I could do. He offered me to come to his home and stay there till I don’t find any other place. He was a Dalit who changed his religion to Christianity because he was treated as a slave in Hinduism. He lived with his mother. I lived with him for months and started working as a babysitter in the local neighborhood.
His mother started to pressurize him to marry me. She didn’t knew I was a Muslim. I told her that my name is Deepa, though my parents named me Adeeba.
I married him because I had no other option. We were blessed with a daughter and a son.
But the torture started again. His mother used to beat me and curse me everyday. His brother came from some other place with his wife and she used to beat my daughter and abuse her.
My life was way better in Guwahati, at least I had a brother who really loved me and cared for me. And the torture there was nothing compare to this one.”
“I was 9 when my parents died in an accident. I had no siblings so my cousin brother adopted me. He gave me everything I could ask for. He wanted me to go to school but I was not interested in studies. I didn’t knew its value.
When I turned 18 my Brother’s wife started torturing me. She used to beat me when he was out on work. She used to go for parties with her friends and I used to do all the cooking and cleaning.
She wanted me to marry her second cousin, but I didn’t want that to happen. I didn’t knew that man. I never met him. She started to torture me more and more.
My brother was against this too but she was going to convince him. So one early morning I packed all my stuff and ran towards the railway station and sat in a train, I didn’t knew where it was heading to. My brother called me on my phone a thousand times and asked me to come back but the train was already on its way. I had no where to go.”
“What started as a fitness activity turned out to be the love of my life. Tennis has helped me become the person I am today. I remember days when I used to cry and keep running because I couldn’t stop. I remember days when I would hardly be able to get out of bed but still had to go to practice at 5:30 am and days when I couldn’t hang out with friends because I had practice. But in then end,I would say it was worth all of it. I have represented my state at the national level and won laurels. I have never been a conventional sportsperson (been obese my whole life) and still made it so far and this has helped me in loving my body.”
“My mom was unable to find any woman for me. Years went by, but no one was willing to marry me because my mom started to look for girls after I crossed 28.
All matches of my age were either married or having their first child. I started to feel neglected. At one point I went like ‘no, I’m going to live my life alone. I do not need any woman.’
But one day, a rishta came from my mother’s second cousin. He wanted to marry her daughter to me. I was on cloud 9 that day.
It’s our one year anniversary today, I’m more than happy. I’m blessed. This marriage changed my whole life.”
“I am still a learner and amateur when it comes to photography. I have my interests in Street photography as it helps capture emotions of strangers, product photography as it helps me to use my imagination and creativity to show the given product cool or beautiful and last one portrait people photography as it capture the sheer beauty and situations and emotions that can’t be replicated easily. And I hope to continue my quest in learning this art as I move on”
“Whenever I get an Off from the family Construction business I got out to explore the streets and nature of Mumbai . I got interested in Photography after watching tutorials on YouTube and other online sources. So I started to explore and after having the exposure on Instagram I came to know different people and their style of photography. I got more inspired in photography by the way people touched lives through their photos on Instagram. I use a point and shoot camera. Most of the people in photography I know use High end camera and lenses, which is one of the difficulties that I faced, but I believe that if you have a passion for photography then any camera would be the best. The main gear you use in photography is your Vision.”
“In the end of Engineering 2nd year, I got interested in film making.In the process I tried direction of camera and editing .I felt doing cinematography was something more interesting.I got placed in two IT companies ,but getting seat in Film and TV Institute of Tamil Nadu made me much complete.I chose cinematography and am proud to be in FTI.”
“I am a 20 year old sports fanatic who has been using the sword of cricket to coalesce the boundary ropes and the cricket ball for more than half of my lifetime. The sporting life has reduced the volatility of my temper and transformed it to positive aggression on the field. Cricket has been part of my life long enough that the sport has become a routine rather than an activity. The optimists around me made me realize that I had a knack for the sport and they will be responsible if it would be pursued as a career. It was since the third grade, when the Aussie legend Gilly impressed and influenced me to take up the sport that is regarded as a religion in his country. By upholding a routine, I was able to have both mental rest and physical balance of life at the same time.”
“I started playing cricket at the age of 6. Later, I joined a cricket academy and started taking cricket seriously. This decision encouraged me to attended Tamil Nadu Cricket Camp at Hossur. I played for Kalpathi investments team in the league.
I am a multifaceted cricketer and a powerful off spinner with best figures of 6/18 and also a handy batsman”
“As a kid , I was very aggressive. My mother became worried when she saw my behavior. I’d love to play football and I became obsessed with the game as I grew older. I’m currently in my first year of graduation .I was a 1st runner up in “Auro Premier League” held in Kolkata. It was my first achievement and my first greatest milestone. I have played football for such a long time. I’ve always been a defender and I love to do it. Sometimes I’m thrilled to bits when I go on the field. I was about seven years old when I started football. Why did I choose football? I’m not sure but it doesn’t matter it’s my passion and I just love it. There are also negative things in this. You can get hurt so easily, and I hate losing! It’s not always easy to do well, everybody has bad days. But when you do badly, you feel so awful, at least I do.I am not an A- Grade student but I feel blessed that I got an opportunity to prove myself . As its up to us that how we discover ourselves along with the journey.”
“We are together since 11th standard. We were in the same class for five years but its only after 10th standard that he finally asked me out. Our families didn’t want this to happen. They hated this at first but what’s gonna happen is going to find its way.
Look at us now, it’s our marriage tonight. I love this man with all my will, lets hope everything goes all right.”
“I work at a nearby restaurant and it isn’t an easy task to work all day on your feet. With this I feel unhealthy and tired.
My colleagues and I started out working in Bangalore about nine years ago and volley ball has been the only way I have been able to stay in shape.
The sport helps us work every single muscle in the body and I can’t love that feeling any more. Yes, we get sore the next day but three hours of intense gameplay is probably the only entertaining and refreshing activity we boys perform during the week.
We play after a hefty lunch until dawn on every weekend holiday.
The boys are in good spirits and we all enjoy shouting cuss words at each other.”