Humans of Bombay
03/24/2017 at 04:46. Facebook
“Life is uncertain — there are so many things we can’t control. With the right person by your side all those uncertainties, risks and struggles seem less scary. That’s exactly how I used to feel about my husband — nothing in the world could shake us, because when the rest of the world slips away you have something that matters and that gives you courage to face anything.
At just 25, he...
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Humans of Bombay
03/22/2017 at 12:51. Facebook
“I got into modelling during my college days, just to make some extra pocket money. I had scored 88% in my CAT exams and was enroute to pursuing my MBA when I got an offer for a film — it happened as organically as that. There after, three of the films I worked in didn’t work and I got the label of ‘iron leg’ — I was ‘rumoured’ to bring bad luck to films. Mind you, all of these films had...
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Humans of Bombay
03/21/2017 at 15:24. Facebook
“We used to work together and for months on end we shared nothing but a casual greeting once in a while. The first time we spoke was actually when I had a sprain in my leg, but was trying to put on a brave front and continuing to work. He came to me that time and said, ‘leave it, just sit down you’re in pain’. He did all my work for me that day and then took me to the park and bought me...
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Humans of Bombay
03/21/2017 at 05:00. Facebook
“My mother got this ball for me — the aunty who she works for gave it to her. When she gave it to me, Ma said ‘the baby there is sharing his toys with you, so even you share the ball with everyone in our neighbourhood.’ None of the boys I play with ever shared their toys, but when I told them that they could play with my ball…in time they started sharing their toys too! Now we all share and...
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“I grew up in the temple where the priests told me that my parents died after I was born. I don't remember seeing them. I became a young mother around the age of 15 after being raped by an uniformed man back in Nepal. I remember playing in the temple with no idea of what is the world when life changed for me. The father of the baby ran away as soon as he discovered that I was with his child....
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"Everyday since the past 37 years, my wife has sent me my lunch box with a handwritten note. Sometimes it's just one line like, 'I hope you've eaten on time' and I think, my God after 37 years she still cares about whether I've eaten lunch...how did I ever get so lucky!"
"Our teacher's used to try and separate us, but even they've given up now -- they've stopped trying to change our places altogether!"
"Some of my sweetest memories have been with my father-- Simple things like him taking me out for gola or teaching me how to cycle. When I was a little older and we were at my cousin's wedding, my father suddenly broke down, hugged me and said 'I'll never be able to send you to someone else's house'. Back then I thought he was being emotional, but now that he's no more and I look back,...
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“When we had our son, a lot of people congratulated my wife saying, ‘you can relax now…you have a son in the house’ and my wife and I laughed at their mentality but realised that this is how people still think. I was overjoyed that I had a son, but I knew I wanted to raise him right. It’s okay if he cries and if he shows his emotions — my wife and I are constantly telling him that crying...
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“I first met my husband when we were competing at a game of Table Tennis! He claims he was better than me, but I could have won with my eyes closed… I just let him win because he was trying so hard to make a good first impression!”
“I was raised in a middle class family that placed the most importance on education and being financially independent. I was one of the 50 students hired by Grindlays Bank right after graduating from DSE and I started at the bottom. My first few stints included delivering pizza to my bosses, labelling 15,000 chairs and keeping stock of stationery, but I loved it! It was a male dominated...
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"My sister's travelling, so I took him out for a haircut. As you can see, he's a Virat Kohli fan...but don't know how happy my sister's going to be when she sees it!"
"I'm not small, I'm very strong...I'm Batman! You don't believe me? Let's play one match...come on! Are you ready?"
“For a better part of my life, I used to work in the Merchant Navy. I loved my job, but like everything in life it had it’s own drawbacks — I had to stay away from my wife for extended periods of time. We had the kind of relationship where we were always making fun of each other and cracking jokes, but when I was away from her I would write her long love letters telling her how much I loved...
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According to a 2016 estimate by the Global Slavery Index, there are 45.8 million individuals involved in some form of modern slavery. Out of these, more than 18 million people (highest in the world) are living in conditions of modern slavery in India.

This Women’s day, Humans of Bombay launches an initiative to try and alleviate the dire situation some of these women are in. From being sold...
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“I’ve always been independent. I moved out since the age of 16 to study and work and become financially independent. It was when I was here working in Bombay that my dad became completely paralysed and that incident affected my entire family massively. He couldn’t even speak — I used to miss talking to him and listening to his advice. It was during this time at college that I used to weigh 95...
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"I don't think we've still figured out what the best part about each other is...we're still learning to love each other a little more with each passing day!"
"My brother hid my videogame and said he would only give it to me if I spend the day with him outdoors. We've been out since afternoon skateboarding and we're on our way to play cricket now. I've never understood why he doesn't like me playing video games but I actually had a really good day with him today -- but don't tell him that -- he'll start hiding my video games everyday then!"
“I don’t understand stereotypes. Men are supposed to be strong, women are supposed to have long hair and be petite to look attractive. I’m plus sized, I’m a feminist and I wear a turban because I’m a Khalsa. I get stared at a lot, people nudge one another to look at me and so many times they laugh all because I’m wearing a turban on my head and it’s not a ‘woman’ thing to do. People are so...
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“I was born deaf and with partial eyesight. I teach deaf and blind children and take care of my family who I love very much. I always teach my students about gratitude, but I didn’t fully understand it until I saw my wife for the first time. She’s deaf as well, so we could only communicate through lip- reading, sign language and letters. Always, I’ve felt unlucky to have such poor vision...
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