"Growing up, I wanted to be in the armed forces. Coming from a family of lawyers I guess this was just meant to be. Although it wasn't my first choice, I enjoyed learning the law. In fact, I won a few medals and my parents were so proud that day. Two years after I graduated, my father passed ..

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"My day begins at 4 am, and I'm awake till 10pm in the night, with the sole intention of serving piping hot tiffin to our customers. When I had shifted from Vizag 12 years ago, I didn't think I would be here as the official cook of one of the most popular restaurants, Purna Tiffin Centre. I've served some of the most legendary acto..

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"I'm a single child to highly educated parents. I grew up in a protected environment and got everything I had asked for. In fact, it wasn't just my parents but even my friends, who treated me like a little princess. I studied in a girls’ missionary school, where everybody is equal irrespective of their background. It wouldn't be ..

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"The idea behind My Bojja, My Rules is to normalise the sight of women wearing whatever they want and the fact that their clothing doesn't give anybody the right to judge them or harass them. Women's saf..

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"It is summer vacations for us and we truly enjoy playing outdoors. Although our parents say playing in the scorching sun is not good for for us, we still go out and p..

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"When I was getting my daughter married, I had to give a hefty amount of money to the in-laws. When I was getting married, it was a lot worse as we had to pay a heftier amount. But thankfully, things are gradually changing for good. The problem comes when people around you start saying things like, 'if you want your daughter to be ..

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"I started my career in journalism in  1987 as a Sub-Editor in Newstime, which is a sister publication of Eenadu group that was started by Mr. Ramoji Rao. That have stopped its publication but it has given a concrete platform for many budding journalists.  My journey in the field of Journalism wa..

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"In the year 2003, I had visited Bengaluru's Lalbagh and I was quite fascinated to see the idea of having healthy juices outside the park, after a workout. I spoke to one of the seller's there and immediately made up my mind to bring it to our Hyderabad too. I had done a lot o..

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''My dad is an accountant and mom is a homemaker. When I told them I wanted to explore the field of advertising and also try my hands in gaming, they readily agreed. In fact, it is their support that has kept me going in life. Staying away from home (Elluru) is difficult, especially in an unknown city. I have go..

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"In the last 35 years of paper and stationery business, we've earned a regular set of customers. From a 5-year-old who wants a pencil to a senior citizen who buys paper from us, all of them ..

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''Little things make me happy. I can’t afford to dream big and I don’t even wish to dream big. My life is like a cycle, which pedals by itself and I don’t ..

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''I used to ride an electric scooter a few years ago. During one of my trips to Varanasi, I spotted a battery auto. I was intrigued. Firstly, it saves so much money, considering the increasing petrol prices. Also, it doesn't cause pollution. I bought my own auto 6 months ago. I charge it for 8 hours and it goes up to 80km. I usuall..

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''From my childhood, I have been a people's person. I enjoy gatherings-the more the merrier. Thankfully, I grew up in a colony in Malakpet, where there were a lot of families from different communities and faith but living together as one big family. I still remember there was a family that owned a TV, which was indeed a luxury bac..

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"We don't understand why people want to play PubG and tiktok. They sit at home and make weird videos. Do they know the fun in waking up early in the morning to play cricket? There is no physical activity and no discipline. We try telling other friends, but they don't understand the importance of running in the sand and scoring runs. At 13..

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''Summer is our most awaited season. We wait for it all through the year. Summer is the only time when people make it a point to stop-by to have a refreshing drink of coconut water. For the last 15 years, people have been showing interest towards store sold cool drinks and soda. Due to the change in people’s choices, our liveliho..

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"My daughter is settled here. My husband and I frequent to Hyderabad to visit her. Both of us love to roam around every corner of the city. We have been to almost all the places, from Charminar to Inorbit to Ramoji film city. My husband and I enjoy spending time together. At this age, we are reliving our moments from our ja..

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''My family was going through some difficult times, when I was young. We could barely afford three square meals a day. I never went to school, but I always dreamt of studying. But life doesn't always give you what you want. I opened this tyre shop in 1989 and I've been operating this for all these years. Although I couldn’t study..

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''On one of the first days of engineering, she ran into the class and sat beside me. We shared smiles and slowly began to talk. The talking started three years ago, and never stopped. Our teachers consider us one of the most talkative duos in college. We spend the whole day together and also video call after reaching home. Funnily,..

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"My family lives in my hometown, Lucknow. I had to move to Hyderabad in search of jobs. I came here only 15 days ago but I already miss my family. Before that, I lived in Nagpur. I've travelled to many cities. Nothing feels like home, but Hyderabad has been my favourite after Lucknow. The people I work with have been good. I also l..

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"Growing up, I had only one ambition - to be a hero in the Telugu film industry. I wanted people to whistle when they saw me on the screen. Throughout my childhood, I spent a lot of time writing stories and songs, which I also performed at various events in school and college. But the pressure of studying in an intermediate hostel ..

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"When I was in degree, I decided to join the police department. I worked hard to score decently and also be fit for the job. It’s been four years since I joined and I’ve never regretted it. Even before I got married, I told my wife that duty comes first. It’s difficult to be in a job like this if you don’t have the confiden..

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"I left home when I was 16. I was done with class 10, but I wanted to study further. Due to financial problems, I needed to move out and make money for family. I learnt to repair dents and opened this small garage. I go home once a year in summer to write my correspondence exams. When I go home to Delhi, my mother feeds me with ghe..

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"Everyone in my family being an engineer, I knew it would be an uphill task convincing my parents for a non-science course for my undergrad. Being true Indian parents, they suggested what they considered to be the next best option - commerce, which I took up although my heart was set in taking up Mass Communication. Little did I kn..

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''There was a time when I used to make these toys only to earn a living. They were tough times. But those days of struggle are gone. By God's grace, I've earned enough to live life peacefully. But I continue to make and sell them because I enjoy this business. I believe that till the time I'm strong and healthy enough to work, I sh..

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''One of my old friends, whom I met recently, told me about Facebook. He said I can stay in touch with all my classmates and also see their pictures. I then saved and bought a simple smartphone. Now I use Facebook regularly. This generation is so lucky. There are things like this that let you chat with anybody instantly. Back in ou..

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"My parents always loved music. Thanks to their good taste, I grew up listening to great Indian music . I was born in the early ’90s, so I listened to a lot of AR Rahman's songs. Around the time when I had finished my engineering, I heard news about Rahman sir opening a music school. So I told my parents I have a job interview in..

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''We had no food or water back in our village in Rajasthan, so we had to leave our hometown and shift to Hyderabad. It's been 20 years since then. We sell toys on the road and also sleep on the same roads. This city feels safe. Nobody tries to meddle with us unnecessarily. But that doesn't make it home. Home will always be my villa..

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"Jackie Chan was one of my first inspirations that led me to explore parkour. It was only after I started practising, I understood that it is more than just a sport - it's training discipline using movements. It's an umbrella term. I got trained for five years in Hyderabad, before going to the US for a 3-day course in 2014. That wa..

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''I belong to a small village in the interiors of the state. Most people in my village studied only till class 12. While some can't afford education beyond that, others think there's no necessity to study further. Fortunately, my parents always considered education to be important. They encouraged me to move out of my village and s..

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''To quit a full-time job and take up cinema was a challenging decision. It wasn't tough because I knew I loved cinema, but the fact that there is no guaranteed monthly income, which I am so used to, was difficult to stomach. But I had dedicated six years to a regular job, while making short films on the weekends. I knew it was tim..

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"My mom passed away when I was in class 10. Although my father took over her role and supported me, it was challenging to deal with my emotions. Cinema was my only escape. I started making a lot of short films. That is how it all started. So it won't be too much to say that films were always a part of my life, and I can't ever than..

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''My day starts as early as 4 am. I cook for my children and go to my farm in the interiors of Ranga Reddy district to pluck fruits. My son then drops me at the bus stand. I carry huge bags of fruits a..

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''During IPL matches, I travel to different cities and sell tee shirts and caps. The good thing is that IPL happens during summer and my college is closed then. We carry all the load and travel in trains. It gets difficult but I can do anything to earn some extra money for my family. When all my goods are sold and the whole family ..

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''I was married off a few days after I got my first period. I didn’t have a choice and also I had nothing else planned. That was the practice back then. I’m older than 60 years now, and I have been working for the past 50 years. My husband and I used to work together, but he’s too sick now. Even I suffer from body pains, but one of ..

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The first step towards equality is acceptance and respect. No matter where we come from, each one of us deserves equal opportunities in every phase of life. We often see rural women belonging to backward class facing the highest rate of discrimination. Sometimes, it's not even about men respecting us. So many women don't even realize that..

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''The best part about being a woman, at least for me is the ability to fearlessly feel and fearlessly share my vulnerability, my transparency and my empathy. The huge amount of love that I have and can give are my biggest strengths. I choose to be happy and I choose to be positive. I never give anyone the right to take that away fr..

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''It all just started with one class and now it has been 9 years in Bharatanatyam. My mother inspired me to get into this classical art form. She never got the opportunity to take up dance but she transferred her zeal to me. There is an obsession for western dance or casual Bollywood dance among many but my mother ensured I appreci..

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''I've been married for 15 years and I've been a housewife throughout. It's certainly not something I regret. I'm rather proud of it. In these years, I've faced many challenges, which have transformed my life for good. Right from giving birth to my two children to taking care of my parents and in-laws, housewife's job isn't easy. B..

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''I am an HR in an IT company. I am proud to tell people that my husband is the one who taught me a lot about gender equality and feminism. I was married at 24, which is quite a young age, I think. But my husband has been quite supportive and that has helped me cope up with everything including work. I have always been a feminist a..

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"I grew up in a progressive home. My parents always knew I wanted to do things differently and they supported me throughout. So when the transition from geology to music and art happened, they had no problems. They were happy that I was doing exactly what I wanted. In fact, my dad saw the singer in me much before anybody else did. ..

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I am a GHMC worker. My shift starts at 3 pm and ends at 10 in the night. By the time I reach home, it’s 11 pm. There are many drunk men roaming on the roads at that time. Once a man came close and tried to touch my daughter and me inappropriately. But my daughter kicked him, swiftly took a stone and threw it at him. He ran away..

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We had so many fights as kids, it's a little unbelievable that we've pulled a whole business together. But that's the thing with siblings - you grow up, love and balance each other. Our bond has only become better, ever since we started working on Pretty Gilded together. We make end-to-end graphic designs and that needs a lot of cr..

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"After I joined the defence forces, one of my first wars I fought was in 1971. My team and I were working in -45°C, it was not just adventurous, but it was also tense. On the first day, when we saw our own soldiers dying, most of us were shocked. It was traumatising to see people you had dinner with, the previous night, fallen dea..

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"We're studying in class 6 and we go to school together. We also cycle together everyday after school. On Sundays, we wake up early to cycle in the morning. Sometimes, we see police vans patrolling even at that time. Now, we also dream together of growing up and becoming police officers. We've also promised each other that we'll al..

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"I was 7 when my mother married me off to my cousin, who was quite older than me. In two years, he left me for another girl. At 9, you hardly understand marriage, left alone cheating and separation. Since that day, I've been living alone. It was not my choice but situations made me tough. I hardly remember anything from my childhoo..

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"We’re all God’s creations. He chooses who should be born rich or poor. Maybe he thinks people like me, who are born into a farmer’s family in a small village, are strong enough to fight problems and still live life happily.  That’s what I believe and I lead my life like that. I moved ..

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" I spent about five years of my life doing medicine, which I absolutely disliked. Add to that, three years of preparation for a medical seat! I was quite scared to open up to my parents about it. Even when I did, they always convinced me saying I was the topper, so there’s no reason to not do it. As a person, I’m competitive a..

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"We moved to India from the United Arab Emirates when I was a kid. I remember being carefree and an extrovert when I think of those days. A few months after I shifted to India, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was at an age when I didn’t even realise that my life had changed completely because of this. I was given ..

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"Home for me is a place where I can be myself completely, with nobody judging me or constantly giving me advice. So it was quite difficult for me to find a good roommate. Thankfully, I moved in with this hulky boy two months ago and it’s unbelievable how everything worked so well. We are so comfortable with each other. I can wake..

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"Ten years back, I lost my fingers in a freak accident, when I was operating my sugar cane machine. I got over it soon and continued to sell sugar cane juice from the machine. This is my only source of livelihood and my family depends on it. I had to change the location twice in the last two years due to metro construct..

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" I would be the happiest, if my two desires in my life are fulfilled. I want to buy a house and also get my daughter married.  I have been a simple goldsmith for 20 years now. However, I ensured I was able to provide my family with everything I can. We suffice with the little income that I receive. I have no inter..

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"Having grown up in Saudi Arabia, I always felt like I was away from my family's native - Hyderabad. Although we used to visit the city once in two years for vacations, I felt a deep connection with the place and wanted to settle here. However, what I remember Hyderabad to be two decades ago is different from what we have today. It..

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"Art has no definition. When you look at a piece of art, you understand it based on your ideas and perceptions. As an artist, my influences come from everyday things. I don’t go looking for inspirations, because ideas can come from the littlest of things. I often see amateurs putting pressure on themselves to create something gre..

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"I was born with partial vision. Although I couldn't see completely, I could manage to read and write by myself. But when I reached class 10, my vision kept getting worse. However, I didn't let that affect my academics. Thankfully, my teachers helped me find a good student as scribe for all the exams. I'm a graduate now and I also ..

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"We're still in middle school, but we know what we want to become when we grow up. We'll be strict police officers, more like heroes who will put all the goons and dons behind bars and ensure there is peace in public. We're working hard not just in school but also at tuition. We also make time to play in the ground. Police has to b..

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PART-2 "I remember distinctly how an auto driver once told me I should try becoming an actor because of what he thought about my looks. Although I loved cinema, this random compliment got me thinking. It was also the time when I was waiting for my intermediate results. That's ..

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Part 1 :  "Like most parents, my dad too had high hopes on me. He asked me to join an IIT course. Adding to my misery, the classes were at 6 am. I was barely interested and the timings only made it worse. I would sleep in every class and eventually, teachers started to notice. So from being a ..

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"The Pulwama attack will be scripted as one of the deadliest barbaric acts in the history of our nation. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life suffered by our CRPF personnel. We strongly condemn s..

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"As cliché as it sounds, I started to love cinema because of three mega stars: NTR, Amitabh Bachchan and Chiranjeevi. Honestly, it all began with Chiranjeevi. I was probably 2-years-old when I first watched ‘Gang Leader’. That's when everything changed for me. As a child, I was apparently an active kid, always restless. ..

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"Our inspirations in life are some of the closest people in our lives. I realized this in my teens that when I understood how my Ammamma (maternal grandmother) was a major influence in my life. She always stitched cute dresses for my birthdays when I was a child. Just watching her do it would make me so happy…I knew I would grow ..

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"Everybody who says newspapers offices will soon shutdown is just being silly. There is internet but old habits don’t die easily. There are people who have been reading the newspaper every day for years now. People look forward to reading it each morning. I have regular customers who can’t take one sip of their warm chai without holdi..

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"Ram Ki Bandi might be a popular place now, but not many know that my father started this back in 1989. We only offered regular tiffins. The cheese and paneer varieties came in when I took over the business 10 years ago. But I must tell you that this ‘fame’ didn’t come easy. We had our set of struggles. Even when I was in sch..

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"I always enjoyed writing, whether it’s poems, books or more recently, research papers. When I was in Delhi University for my graduation, I was a part of various plays. However, the idea of neuroscience always interested me. I always wanted to know how the brain works and all its elements functioned. When I got an opportunity to ..

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"For a girl who left her hometown (Banaras) and family at the age of 20 and moved to a city like Hyderabad with her husband, it was already too much to take. And then I get a call that my father passed away... I was devastated, to say the least. For weeks, I couldn't do anything. As days passed, ho..

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"From my childhood I was very shy, and naturally I found it easy to connect with plants than humans. Later I realized that there’s so much nature does for us, so the least we can do is grow plants at home -. Thus its no surprise that I opened this nursery.  Today, we also have indoor plants and they have so many ..

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"They say everybody is born with a talent and I believe mine is calligraphy. When I was in middle school, I used to personally write invitations for all functions at home in calligraphy and my father would be upset because it looked beautiful but not many could read it easily. It was also a lot of work, but I never complained. I en..

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"It’s a ritual every Sunday to come to park together. More than exercise, it’s about spending time. On weekdays, he rushes to school and I’m busy with my business. But on Sundays, we dedicate more than an hour to talk about everything under the sky - school, friends, cinema, sports, news, everything. This is what makes our bo..

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"Don’t look at my tennis racquet and guess I’m going to be a sportsperson. I love sports and all, but I’m a nerd. I want to be a scientist. This is just my hobby, okay? I take a break from homework like this - by doing something productive. Now quickly click a picture and let me go play.” #..

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"My first serious relationship was about nine years ago. When that ended, I stopped thinking about love and companionship. But life gives you something special when you least expect it. And I met my fiance, when I was in London. We spent a few months together and later, he proposed to me. It was special! He's a very determined and ..

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" I was 18 when I got married and by 22, I had two kids. I had to give up on my graduation for my marriage. Although I wasn’t great at academics, I wanted to do something with my life and not remain as a housewife. But everything happened so quickly that I wanted to pause and process it. My husband, however, wanted a working wife..

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"When I started working with a beverage magazine almost a decade ago, I wouldn’t even drink. But I believe in 100% research in everything I do. That’s how I started to read about breweries and distillers and gradually started to love the beverage industry.  It’s definitely a challenge and it’s ..

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"I love coming to the park in the morning with my son. It’s important to get him out of the house, or he’ll be addicted to video games and TV. I’m a strict father in that sense, but I also know how to play it cool. I don’t force him to walk or jog, I let him play with the other children here. But if he’s alone, he tries t..

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"There's something about comforting people, especially strangers. They're not family, they're not friends. But they're humans and they're in pain. All you can do is listen - although I didn't see this coming, my page is now like a love handle for everyone who wants to share stories. I'm not necessarily calling out for them, but whe..

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"As doctors, we hardly have time to catch up, but on a day with good weather like this, we take a small break from work and meet for some hot tea and samosa.  All of us are pediatricians and it gets very depressing to see kids suffer with diseases. But it's also our job and we keep our emotions in check. Every now ..

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''I often feel like people don’t acknowledge the ..

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"Don't ask us about our lives and jobs. We don't have any work today, so we don't want to talk about it. On such days, we drink chai and chill - no tensions and no worries about tomorrow. Just some village gossip, childhood stories and staring into space if we have nothing to say to each other. But before we go home, we raise a toa..

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Looking at the way we’re heading, we, humans, would’ve been a mess. Look at the amount of destruction we have caused to the environment. We don’t care about birds, animals and trees. We’re selfish beings. Maybe that’s why we don’t have the superpower to fly… well if we did…forget 2020, the world would’ve ended muc..

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"I shifted to San Francisco in 1989. But every time I visit Hyderabad, I make at least two trips to Moula Ali. I share some of the best memories of my life here… When I was a child, there were lesser buildings and more trees. My friends, sister and I would climb up the hill only to see the whole of Hyderabad and try spotting some..

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''Cinema has been my source of happiness forever! Fortunately, my parents too were big movie buffs, so the influence was strong, right from my childhood days. Little wonder that I grew up wanting to be a director. But it’s of course not as easy as people consider it to be. Before I began working on my debut film, I attended numer..

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''To be honest, it’s my experience in Bollywood that taught me a lot. Having worked with Deepika Padukone, Parineeti Chopra, and Shah Rukh Khan, one thing I learnt was to stay grounded, irrespective of all the name and fame you earn. When I started my boutique in Hyderabad, these were the experiences made that me a better entrepr..

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"Do you know I met Gandhiji when I was a child? He was in this big house sitting on a swing, a few close ones took me to his place in Porbandar. He asked me if I wanted to study, I said yes. He gave me a book in Gujarati and that’s when I first learnt to read. But because I travel so much, I’ve learnt so many languages. I learn..

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PART 2 "By the time I entered college, I was so shattered that I couldn’t come ou..

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Part 1 :  "Coming out is not a one-time thing but a recurring process that you have to go through with yourself first and then with friends, family and sometimes even with strangers. Being bullied when you’re already ..

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"When you meet a boy and start to like him, his caste is not one of the first things you ask. Unfortunately, your heart doesn’t suggest that before the emotions begin to take over. I also never understand why caste should be of any importance. Nobody who attends a wedding cares about what caste the groom and bride belong to. Even..

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''The city was much calmer with more greenery, back in our days. Almost every colony had a small ground. When Sankranti arrived, all the kids in that colony would be flying kites there. You know what ..

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"A few classmates make fun of me for my thick specs. It makes me very angry.” "What do you do when you're angry in school?” "I think of my Ammi and her words. I smile at them and walk away. She says, if we're always smiling, people will be tired of scolding or ..

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"My career growth has been a gradual process - one thoughtful step after the other, to arrive at what I am today - housekeeping supervisor. But my juniors at work and other youngsters I meet want everything so quickly in life. It’s as if they do..

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"The things we do to earn a livelihood, I tell you. I've met so many people, so many men who are away from home, trying to make ends meet each day. I left my family and home 15 years ago. In this long journey, one thing I've ..

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"I miss my family in Australia. Having stayed away from home for a long period, every time I go back, it feels like a celebration to me. Some of the best days of my life have been my brief visits to my hometown. But it's all about balance for me. I love my time here with my husband too...

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"A few years after I started this orphanage, I got a call from the colony President who informed me about a four-year-old boy. The little one was locked inside a house for four days by his own mother, who was apparently a prostitute. When we brought the child to our orphanage, he was shivering. I ..

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"If I have to pick a colour that best explains my life, it's grey. My life is definitely n..

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"I was 11 when I got married and left home. I have 11 children, all married and settled. In almost 50 years of my married life, every time there’s a fight, I keep quiet and let my husband talk. More than superiority, it was about ending the argument. But today, women don’t think like this. Honestly, they’re not to be blamed. ..

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Part 3 "In a field like journalism, especially broadcast, there are so many factors that affect you and your state of mind. Ever since I started doing interviews, especially on YouTube, I've had to deal with silly trollers who only want to say harsh things. It's anonymously said and nobody knows wh..

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PART- 2 "When I joined a regional news channel as a reporter, I was one of the very few women reporters there. However, I started doing interviews only in 2006. My first interview was with Katrina Kaif. I was not scared but I was definitely nervous. It was a brief interview and turned out to be a r..

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PART - 1 "I never planned my career much, but I always knew I wanted to be famous. Once when I was in my 11th grade, the principal of my ..

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"India feels like home. Well almost… I miss my country (Somalia) and family but nobody here makes me feel like an outsider. I’ve lived here for a while now. I’ve been to Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Goa as well, but I love Hyderabad the most. One reason is the delicious Biryani available in mandis. The love for cinema, food and..

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"Cruelty and violence against animals are in our face. We either ignore it for our convenience or we realise and act. Although I had a pet as a child, it was only when in my early 20s, during my stay in Kolkata with a few pets, that I thought: ‘When we love our animals so much, why are we eating other animals’. I was in a posit..

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"I always wanted to serve the country. So I joined the police force. I was appointed as a sub-inspector in the excise department in Bhongir. I was one of the few who led the Haritha Haram projects in the district headquarters. It was a regular day when I was getting ready to leave home for office that I suddenly had an attack and f..

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"Graduation in medicine is difficult but when you know this is something you love, you give your 100%. That’s probably the case with all professions, but when you’re a doctor, you’re dealing with a person’s life. You need to understand the seriousness. It wouldn’t be too much to say that people treat doctors like Gods. We..

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"When I was young, I always loved the kind of attention and love that actors got. I used to work in a hotel in my early 20s and many film shoots used to happen there. I requested them for a role and they let me play a small cobbler role in a film. I got so many calls and messages from my friends. At one moment, I thought if I was r..

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"As a naval officer, we have quite a few restrictions on usage of phone and even social media. But all that seems really tiny when compared to the other things we do for the nation. It sounds very cliche, but it’s true. Problems with not being able to use a phone will arise when I choose to get married or have a partner. But I th..

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"During the Christmas season, it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing stars hanging from street lamps and perched atop Christmas trees. But many don’t know the reason behind putting the star up. When the three Kings were in search of baby Jesus, they were asked to follow the ‘star’ and that’s also what is called the North..

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"Christmas is all about spreading cheer, happiness, and love. It’s not about any religion, it’s a carnival that anybody can be a part of. The brightly-lit Christmas tree, cold weather, cake, and family is all you need.  My every Christmas is spent here. This is home for me. All my life, 88..

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"When I decided to be an actor and left home, I thought audition was the most difficult part and if I crack that, everything will be set. I always heard that surviving the world of cinema isn’t easy. But you don’t really understand till you are in it. I did a Kannada film, which released late and it bombed at the box office. I ..

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"When I say I was homeschooled, many think there was so much I lost. But no! I believe that there’s so much I gained. It’s such a different experience and it has made me who I am. But it all started because I was too tall and didn’t want to face all that bullying in school. I was 6 feet in class 7! So I lived with my grandfat..

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"This is probably the only place in the city where the morning breeze is so fresh. I don’t know if it’s just my mindset, but every time I walk into this park, I feel like we’re cut off from the traffic and noise outside. As if there is an imaginary wall that doesn’t let all that inside. That’s the only reason why I have b..

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"When I was a child, I wanted to be a lawyer. But the financial condition at home was so bad that my dreams died early in my life. I still continued to study till class 12, because that's necessary for most jobs. I remember so well... When I was in class 5 or so, my mother would keep asking me to study. She always wanted me to have..

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"Life has become very monotonous. I wonder if it’s the same for people with money and luxury. Can life get boring for them too? I mean, they have so much money. They can do whatever they want and go wherever. But we don’t have that. We don’t even have enough money to eat on some days.  My husband passed away ..

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"If there is anyone who can stand up for a woman, it is another woman. That’s our motive, to stand by every woman in the city and make it a safer place for them. We’re currently a team of 48 from the 2018 batch of woman constables. We’ve been allocated bikes. Yes, you heard that right! The c..

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"Breakups are never easy. They shatter and break you apart. And even if you move on, sometimes you go to a few places and suddenly everything just comes back. Not literally but everything is back in your head. It’s sad but you can’t change what is in your destiny. I was 24-years-old when I fell in love with this super handsome ..

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"Our generation is full of global citizens. Most of us are based out of more than one city or country. We’re always travelling to explore new things and expand our horizons. That’s the story behind m..

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"I come here early in the morning and arrange my shop with bright flowers. The fresh smell of these is enough to make a happy start to my day. Look at them... The scent and the colors are so positive. Funnily, the business of the same is rather gloomy. About 15 years ago, when I started selling flowers, there was a better profit ma..

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"It’s a proud feeling to say that I have many feathers in my cap - sales and marketing, entrepreneur, consultant and producer -- and I have achieved all of them with hard work and talent. Ever since I was a child, I had big dreams. I used to go to school on my bicycle and look at movie posters. I would think, ‘One day, my name ..

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"India is an independent country. Every citizen has a right to vote, and this isn't something all countries have. When we have the right to choose our government, why hold back? My whole family went to vote. Unlike previous elections, it was quite smooth this time. There were five booths in one center and the queue also wasn't too ..

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"All we're asking for this term is water management - both supply and overflow during floods - and development in infrastructure and employment. These are the basics that youngsters are looking forward to. As an individual and as a citizen, I did my bit by voting today. So now it's the winning party's responsibility to fulfill our ..

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"We can't blame youngsters for not being interested to vote. Today's politicians are only bothered about money. Who wants to do good for the country? This is not in Hyderabad alone. It's all over the country. I've been voting for 20 years and there hasn't been any big development in my locality. Nobody in the public also cares to a..

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"You can’t expect youngsters to be interested in the government formation and value each vote when their demands are never given importance. There are hardly any funds being allocated for education in Telangana. Even in my college, a group of people approached the authorities but there hasn’t been any response. In such cases, y..

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"Most of us usually think about elections from the public’s point of view. But in recent times, I’ve been wondering how difficult it must be to conduct elections across the country or even in the state with such a huge population and diversity. I’m sure that’s a tough job! Rajkummar Rao’s film Newton, which was sent to th..

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"I've always been interested in politics. Even as a child, I would read the news and keep myself updated about the government and its policies. But the way you look at elections as a child and as an adult is completely different. Now I'm a grown-up person and I understand the kind of game it is… the amount of money involved. It's..

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"Keeping aside contestants and voting, this whole procedure of rally is annoying. They block traffic for hours to tell us that they’ll build roads, provide better facilities and make sure we have peaceful lives. Such irony! Also, nobody talks about real stuff. Everybody is just saying what they will do. There’s no discussion ab..

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"Each vote is like a weapon… A sharp knife. If it’s not used rightly, it can make things worse. This is the reason why people should think about who they’re voting and not do it for the sake of it. I don’t mean everybody has to do an analysis of each political party and each contestant. But just watching news channels or re..

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"When I was a kid, I would put an ink mark on my index finger and go to school, only to show people that I voted. Back then, it was just for fun. I never used to understand why we get a holiday for elections. Now that I'm older than 18 and have the power to vote, I value that one holiday so much. No matter how busy my week has been..

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"I started off as a cleaner in bus stands, and gradually moved to being a conductor to now a bus driver. I never planned my life like this. Honestly, I had no planning at all. No education. No advice from anybody. I was somewhere around 20-22 when I was told I’m old enough to start working and suddenly I realised that I need to f..

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"We all belong to different cities from India but have been working together in Hyderabad for three years now. And what a team we’ve been! Last Independence Day, we had a dance competition. We represented Telangana and we won. Now, we’re gearing up for our cricket tournament next week. Practice sessions are on. This time, only ..

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"It started when I saw a full troupe of musicians play in a rehearsal in the music school I had joined. Until then, I never had much interest in violin but when I saw an orchestra perform, I was awestruck. I was 6-years-old then, and it’s been 19 years. Even today, I go to the institution to practice, especially when we have outs..

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"My mother once saw a group of kids learn teakwando in a park. That day itself she came home and asked me to join. I was really young then, maybe in class 4. Since that day, there has been no looking back. Initially, I took it up because my mother was keen on it. But like other sports, teakwando too grows on you. The more you do, t..

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"There was a time when I had promised a customer to edit and give him his album in a month, but it took me a year to finish it. That’s something I always regret and will never be able to forget. That day, I decided to never do something I’ve not been trained in, or something I’m not confident about. But, at the same time, if ..

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"Staying away from home is difficult. I’ve been in Hyderabad for three months now and I miss my husband, who lives in China. But my strength is my son. He’s such a lovely boy. Look at him, he’s calm and not-so-notorious, which makes it easier for me. He’s a mama’s boy, so never has a problem accompanying me on my everyday..

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"There’s probably nothing in the world that I love as much as I’ve loved cinema. I knew I was going to end up in this field but wasn’t sure if it was directing, acting or styling. It’s all a dream come true, honestly. I’ve worked as an assistant director for five films and that itself is so much learning. In the last eigh..

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"Looking at our curated children’s section of books, every child acts like a kid in a candy store, or rather a bookstore. In the last 20 years, we’ve had customers as young as seven who are now all grown up, yet come here to buy their books. Some of them still opt for the children’s section because that’s how much they love..

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"I watched Swathi (Reddy) in Ashta Chamma in 2008 and I was in awe of her. She has been my woman crush since then. That’s when I decided to explore acting. But we all know how difficult it is. Back at home, I knew they wouldn’t agree to it easily. So I told them I was opening a business in Hyderabad and moved here. Auditions af..

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"I still remember the first case we handled after Pratyusha Support was formed. Baby Sana went through a liver transplantation, for which we had raised 15 lakh rupees. Her parents didn’t have any backing. It was a love marriage and their families didn’t support them. The baby passed away two days after the surgery. I remember b..

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"Everything happened so quickly and it was quite unexpected. When I first tweeted out asking for help and donation for the NGO (Helping Hands Humanity), it was like any other tweet, except that I requested a few other friends ..

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"Kehte hain agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaho, toh poori kainath use tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai: Bus yahi hui meri zindagi mein! I decided to become an RJ in class 9. My family was super supportive. I joined an RJ course, did my masters in Mass Communication and here I am. It’s amazing how people listen to you and y..

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"Hyderabad is home and there's no place I'd rather be in. Even when I was studying abroad, I'd wait for my holidays to come back. Hyderabad has both, our culture and the cosmopolitan vibes. This is where home is. This is where my heart is. I have the best of memories here. Growing up, I remember spending time with my grandfather an..

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"Back in 2002, computers were so scarce when I was a child, only one cousin or friend would have and we would take turns to play the game. Some of my favourites were Mario and Duck Hunter. I don’t think today’s generation has even heard of this! I couldn’t have imagined childhood without them. But smartphones have changed so ..

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"Unlike other fields, in cinema, success is a journey. There is never a destination and life is so unpredictable. You might be a star tonight but might wake up as a nobody. Once you see stardom, normal life disturbs you. I knew just 10 percent of this when I chose to enter this field. It’s been half a decade that I made my passio..

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"For the longest time in my life, I wasn’t sure about what my interests were and wha..

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"I'm an actor. I got my son admitted in a dramatics society at school. When he was 15,..

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"Ever since Telangana became an individual state, it's not too much to say that our lives have flourished. Every festival - be it Dussehra, Bonalu or Sankranti - the cultural authorities invite us and ..

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"I was 22 when I joined a bank as a clerk. I was just out of college, so I had a long list of ethics and policies and worked accordingly. That's how it's supposed to be! I remember people saying so much sincerity will not help and I should be a l..

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"Even when I was nobody, my sister recognized me. She was my first audience. Chiranjeevi has been my favorite actor and my inspiration. S..

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"I remember a time when everything was difficult. Financially, I had no backing and life almost seemed to have stopped. I’m a devotee of Lord Krishna. I used to visit his temples every other day and sit there for long, ..

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"You know what I've learnt in my journey so far? Do what you feel like and don't give ..

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"For the last 40 years , I’ve been here, same spot, same business. I sell antique coins. Tell me name of a king, and I will give you coins from his era - any kingdom in the last 600 years, I have it all. It’s a collec..

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"My father called me Mogli, the lead character in Jungle Bo..

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"About 10 years ago, we met on Orkut. For the longest time, I thought she wasn’t a real person. No kidding! Back then, the internet wasn’t even as safe as it is today. So, we continued to chat for quite some time. We ..

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"Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, I visit this Ammavari (Goddess) temple. I spend my afternoon here, chanting and thinking of the powerful Goddess. That's when I suddenly lose my consciousness and bec..

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"Preparing for civils isn't easy. Everybody knows that! But it's been childhood dream. ..

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"I started meeting other gay men in the city, courtesy Yahoo room. I read so much abou..

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" ‘Guys don’t cry’. ‘Guys are rough and tough.’ ‘Men go out and play.’ The society’s gender distinctions are always loud enough for one to fall into the stereotype. Thanks to these statements, which helped..

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"My business is all about trust. Even the the world is based on trust and honesty, isn't it? When I picked my bags and came to the city, I trusted myself and my skills. When someone comes to me to know what their life has..

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"Recently, one of the customers started shouting at me because the bikes were not parked in a systematic order. Although I searched for another parking slot and told him that he can complain at the office instead of conversing with me, he didn’t keep quiet. He was almost going to hit me. But I didn’t let him. I rebelled and sai..

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"Serving food to more than 500 people every day gives me a high. We have customers who are eating after as long as a week. Sometimes, people don’t even have five rupees. They come here and stand in one corner. During such times, we offer free food. If they’re more in number, I pay for them. The amount of love and gratitude in t..

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"I’m an advocate for Hindu marriages, quite literally. Every day I meet new couples who come to me with varied reasons to get married. Sometimes, it’s funny. Recently one girl told me she can’t go home late, so she wants to marry her boyfriend. But it’s not all that funny. On a serious note, the caste issue in India has tak..

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 " I was supposed to go and buy one of my friends a bowl of samosa chaat. It was somewhere between 6:30 and 7 pm. I heard a sound, something like a cylinder blast. It was so loud that my phone's glass broke because of the vibration. There was a little smoke too. I hurried towards the chaat centre. On reaching, I froze. Looking..

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"I got my US visa about two months ago and that day, I decided that I would do a celebration India ride covering 5,000 kilometres across the country. My family is usually worried about bike-riding but this time they let me go because I was moving out anyway. I covered Hyderabad to Delhi in two days and met a friend in Delhi who was..

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"When I started eretail box in 2015, my vision was to ..

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"During my initial tryst with music, recording in Rahman sir’s studio was definitely a stand out moment. It still is, honestly. When I stepped into that place, I was mesmerized. His long-time friend and guitarist, John Anthony was around. He cleared all our doubts about the tech..

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Musical Journey Part - 1  "My childhood saw a mix of cultures that certainly influenced my thought process while growing up. I lived close to the Old City, but my family is a typical Hindu vegetarian home. My father is from Nalgonda, ..

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"More than me, my daughter is happy and excited to have a sibling. She’s four, but she’s become so responsible. It suddenly feels like she’s a grown up. All these moments of realising you’re pregnant, announcing it to family, seeing your bump and experiencing a kick from inside now and then - they are all such special momen..

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"In the last decade and a half, my team and I have traveled across the country. Currently, we're working with 13 states. During this period, I've personally learned so much and it has improved my health as well. The more research I did on organic farming, the better knowledge I had, and gradually, I've turned ..

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"I want people to understand their food. We're a city of Biryani and Haleem. But do we know how our Biryani is cooked? A lot of restaurants use Ajinomoto, which adds the colour and tangy ..

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"Although I was born in Hyderabad, my family moved to the USA and I grew up by the bay in San Francisco. When I shifted back to this city a few years ago, there was some sense of nostalgia. Before we moved, we lived in Adarsh Nagar, just beside Birla Mandir. I have memories of playing on the marble stairs and visiting the temple so..

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"Today’s generation doesn’t even know what Oggu Katha ..

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"When I first spoke to my fiance about five months ago, I was nervous. Our parents gave us each others’ numbers and asked us to talk. My parents have always been supportive. They wanted me to feel comfortable and be confident about marrying anybody. So, I knew I had no pressure of agreeing to a marriage just for my parents. ..

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"A lot of them don’t even realise that they’re neither a girl nor a boy but a transgender until much later in life. Because of the societal pressure, parents don’t even talk about it with their kids. Even in schools, transgender children are bullied. In many cases, we’re subjected to harassment too. But who do you talk to? ..

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"Gardening is a soul-satisfying job. My plants are like my children. Even today, seven months into my miniature gardening business, I get emotional when a customer takes away a plant. People often laugh when I say this, but there have been times when I have cried. Lately, I try not being around when the delivery happens. Also, I..

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"The first time I was here to see him off, my heart was beating fast. I was worried. How is he going to manage everything - from cooking to studying and cleaning his house. But, unlike my generation, technology lets us do so many things today. I video call him daily and it makes me feel happy to see him grow into an educated man. I..

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"Everybody has a happy place. This is mine. Whether it’s a problem I need to solve, a decision I need to make or just recollecting some happy moments, it happens here for me. Before you came up to me, I was planning my career. I’m a BCom graduate, working with a company in Hyderabad. Although I’m happy with my job, I want to ..

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"I live my life on one principle - live your best life today. Both my wife and I don’t fuss much about anything. We know our standard of living and we don’t dream of big things that we can’t have. We’re happy if we have three meals a day and enough money to take good care of our health. We raised our children with the same ..

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"The best moments of my life have always been with my students. Whenever someone asks me why I’m not married, I tell them that my students are my children. I don’t need to find happiness in anything else. After putting a lot of pressure, my parents too have given up. I’m happy about that. I don’t want my life and time to be..

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"Do you see my bangles? I have dozens of them in various colours. I saw them in a Hindi film and later spotted them in a local market. I bought them immediately. Don’t be surprised when I talk about Bollywood. I watch a lot of Indian movies. I love Shahrukh Khan. I’ve watched Chennai Express and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge more..

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"Like a lot of others, I was skeptical about the running of the metro in Hyderabad. Even after it opened, I continued using my bike for a while. But on a random day, I took a metro ride and I changed my mind that very day. Since then, I’ve been traveling in the metro every day to the office. I’m saved from the dirt, pollution, ..

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"My father has taught me the best lessons in life that I remember and follow even today. He was a school attender. He always told me that education is the most important and powerful tool that exists in the world. Despite my disabilities, he was particular about getting me educated as much as possible. He’s taught me to be indepe..

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"My family consists of my son, who is a driver, and my daughter, who is yet to be married. My husband died long ago, and ever since, I’ve brought up my kids and tried to give them the best in all that I have. I have never complained about the lack of anything. Acceptance is the key to survival. When you know that your life won’..

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"Sexual abuse is a crime and cannot ..

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"Sometimes, I wonder if I could go back in time and change a few things about my childhood. If I could do that, I would definitely control my dad’s behaviour and would make sure he didn’t ruin our family, like he did. He was a drunkard. He spent all the family’s earnings on alcohol. We lost our house, hard-earned savings and ..

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"I learnt this art from my grandfather. Back then, it was really an art to be able to cut stones and create beautiful sculptures or statues. There’s no value for it today. I’ve been doing the same thing for 50 years. Forget money, but I don’t even get appreciation in any form - from the government, customers or art enthusiast..

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"If we wear a certain kind of a jacket, a helmet and ride our sports bikes on the city roads, people look at us as if we’re doing something illegal. Even the police tend to stop us and interrogate if we’re racing on t..

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Eid Mubarak to all! We hope and pray your Eid is full of colour and lights like the streets of Charminar. #Eidfeels #Festivalseason #Celebrations #Wishesandglory #Charminarstreets #Prosperity #Humans #Humansofhyderabad

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"I’m a Potterhead! The kind of bond that Harry, Hermione and Ron share reminds me of my childhood and makes me feel nostalgic. It’s a special series for me and will always be. Although technology has made life easier in a lot of ways, I’m a bibliophile and I love paperback. The scent of the pages in a new book can never be re..

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"A lot of people tell me how I’ve done something so revolutionary at the age of 15. But when I think about it, I’ve only put everything that I’ve learned to use. I’ve always been interested in science and maths, thanks to my dad who told me how important these subjects are. On a typical day, just a thought about how useful ..

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"For me, losing a bike is more painful than going through a breakup. That's how much I love my bike. When I'm going through a bad day, I take my bike and set off on a journey. I learnt to ride in class eight and I enjoyed it. My father also loves bikes just as much. We've gone on a long journeys together. He's more of a best frie..

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"My earliest memory of working dates back to my schooling days. I believed in earning my own pocket money. Once, I worked till 3 am to earn enough for a school picnic. My parents never asked me to do any of this, but I didn’t want to be a burden for the family. I knew it wasn’t easy for them either. If I started ..

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When I first came to Hyderabad, I had just 10 rupees in my pocket. My brother and I were keen on opening a gym. He’s the one who created interest in me for fitness. But when we started, we had a rough phase. We took loans and people cheated us. We were financially unstable for a long time. But if you think and do good,..

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Telangana was formed in 2014 but the fight for a separate state started in the 1960s. Initially, the region of Telangana was separate and was later combined with Andhra Pradesh. Throughout the Telangana movement, all we wanted was for them to give us back the state that was ours. If you observe, before 2014, this whole region was..

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"I don’t think anybody has ever learnt and explored everything. I’m a greedy person that way. I always want to try something new and expand my horizons. Even after all my contracts in furniture makin..

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"My relatives always ask me what's the secret behind my energy. They say I was ..

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"My day starts and ends with tea. And I know that there are so many people like me for whom chai is the most important beverage. I remember reading that it is the second largest consumed beverage in the world. It wasn't a surprise that when I decided to enter the food and beverage industry, my thoughts were automatically directed t..

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"I have three kids and it’s a blessing. I love each one of them and the way they bond with each other makes me feel happy and proud. My eldest daughter, who is eight years old, is almost like a mother herself. She takes care of the younger ones. She feels responsible already. The sight of her feeding them or playing with them is ..

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"This is the first time we bunked classes to watch a movie. Our parents don’t have a problem to send us. But, you know, this is our kind of cheap thrills. And for this tiny boy here, cheap thrills are paying extra cash to an auto driver. It just happened. While we were coming to the theatre, an auto driver asked for 40 rupees and..

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"We’re best friends more than anything else. Initially, we were enemies but things changed and we grew up. We were in the same school in Agra and then her family moved to Chandigarh. I didn’t see her for months. There was an empty feeling in my heart and that was the moment I ..

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"Animals can’t talk for themselves. If they did, our world would’ve been much more sensitive to them, I guess. I want to be their voice. My love for animals isn’t something I developed. It has always been there since my childhood. When I was a kid, my mother was skeptical about having a pet at home. She thought I was too youn..

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"My younger daughter has a birthmark on her face. It is on her cheek and is easily visible. When she was born, we thought it'd go in a few weeks. She's two years old now but it's as it is. My only fear is that she might think she's different from others just because she has a spot on her face. I don't want her to feel insecure or l..

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"Do you know Nithya Menen? Such a beautiful actress she is! I heard she's from Kerala, is that true? I've watched three films of her and she does some magic on screen. Whenever I watch her, I'm reminded of my wife - just as beautiful and cheerful. My wife is the reason for my bread and butter. This coffee shop was set-up by her fat..

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"My family has been a loyal follower of Sadhguru and the Isha Foundation. My mother is a yoga practitioner herself. So, growing up, I was introduced to a lot of traditional yogic practices and forms. Although I ..

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"We finally made time to visit a water park with our kid and spend some family time. He's been asking us to take him out for so long but our work keeps us busy. However, we've now made it a point to plan and visit new places in the city at least once a week. It's a promise we've made to put family first." ..

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"When I tell people I’m a Marwari and I also do a full-time business, they’re always surprised. ‘How is your family so supportive?’ I had to break so many stereotypes, as a woman and as a Marwari. How is my business related to my caste? In fact, when I shared this idea of designing and manufacturing teaching aids for presch..

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"I have always lived a stress-free life. Don’t assume I’m some big personality who has many acres of land back in the village as a source of money. There’s nothing like that. I work as a gardener here. I’ve done all kinds of jobs including construction and farming. I’m 67 years old. And the only thing I’ve learned and f..

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"I can only speak Yemen. And I know just this line in English." #Tourist #Hyderabad #HumansofHyderabad

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"I’m not a very expressive person. I’d call myself an ambivert. Not that I hate people. But I would choose to spend time with my close ones at home than go out and meet new people in a club. And if I’m alone, you’re most likely to find me reading a book, watching an unpopular Korean movie or maybe writing a story. This charac..

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"There’s nothing in the world that can beat the happiness I get when a hungry man on a footpath folds his hands and calls me a goddess because I satisfied his hunger. Our organisation is built on a small idea ..

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"I moved out of this city when I was 18-years-old but my memories here still fresh, like they happened just yesterday. Although I live in London due to my business in showbiz, in my heart, I’m always a Hyderabadi. I make it a point to travel back home once a year to meet my parents. It’s wonderful to catch up with old friends, ..

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"I’m sure everybody around has been wondering why this man dressed in formals is sitting here, on a footpath, with a laptop. It’s a little embarrassing and awkward because of the way people are staring. But I can’t explain the urgency of my work to all of them, right? I’d rather use that time to finish sending these emerg..

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"Like other regular days of her life, eight-year-old Asifa, belonging to a small community in Jammu and Kashmir, was grazing her horses when she followed a few men into a forest. According to reports, they locked her in a temple and raped her several times before strangling her to death.  A picture of the little gi..

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"I was never that interested in marriage but for most of us, it’s a phase of life that you can’t overlook. I’ve heard people say that there are fewer chances of a divorce in an arranged marriage. But I don’t know how true that is. I was married to a man three months ago. He lied to my family and me about almost everything i..

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"When I tell people that I did my masters in the US, they wonder why I settled for a job in an NGO in India. But having worked in different companies and a different country, I must tell you that there has never been any job that..

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"My life was much like a film before the storm hit me. My daughter, husband and I were a small family and we were all we had for each other. Those were the happiest days of my life. Just talking to them on the dinner table, watching movies and going out made our lives ..

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"Although he's my friend for the longest time, I must tell you that he has a few cheat days. When he feels lazy, he conveniently skips a few rounds. But I try pushing him more everyday. It's been the same for more than seven years. On some days, there's a lot of work and our daily dose of exercise is missed. We're quite particular ..

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Headline: Gift of sight Part 2: "You know the biggest tragedy in our lives? It is the way we feel when we’re not able to do simple everyday things that everybody else is doing like cycling, playing sports or simply hanging out with people outside. More than anything, it’s the career..

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"Every time I go out with my two close friends, I wonder what I’d do without them in this engineering college. Since the first year, the three of us have been best of friends, but we have a larger group to hang out with. We watch movies, eat and roam around together. Each one of us stays in three different corners of the city, bu..

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"We live in a busy world, constantly trying to cope up with the stress at work, family and petty issues every day. Amongst all this chaos, a walk in this park is my escape to peace. The greenery and fresh air that I get here is what I miss in the concrete jungle outside. Mornings are usually packed as we rush to our respective plac..

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"I’m the latest entrant to this group and my new friends never have enough of teasing me. I shifted here a few weeks ago from Himachal Pradesh and they’re always cracking lame jokes on me. Sometimes, I miss my old friends for their jokes that were worth laughing. These guys are not as cool as them, but they’re soon going to l..

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"When I first used to visit KBR park about 15 years ago, it was a jungle and different from the shape it is in right now. Since then, I've been coming here for an early morning walk. I do one full round of walking in the outer pathway. It's a daily ritual for me. Walking makes me stay fit and also keeps me refreshed mentally. My st..

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"In my life, I'm the closest to my grandmother. She's been with me since my early childhood and our bond has grown with our ages. She reads out stories from various books and her life experiences. In every story that she tells me, there's a lesson to learn and I love that part of my grandmother the most. We visit our hometown regul..

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"I lost my legs due to polio. When I was much younger, I was given a wrong injection because I was suffering with fever. Since then, I've not been back to normal ever. My parents took me to many doctors but they said there's no cure. Initially, I was depressed. I lost hope and confidence in myself and in my life. It took me time to..

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"People are often surprised when we tell them that the brainchild behind this campaign, Pink-drink, is a man. However, it was a group of my friends and colleagues who put the idea into action. In the past few months, this campaign has taught us so much. Even at work, our team has a 50:50 gender ratio and we divide work equally.&nbs..

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"When people talk about peace and serenity, they think of Buddha, pigeon and the color white. Peace is an emotion one needs to feel within themselves. We want people to feel that way through our garments. The competition we're a part currently has peace and mediation as the theme. So, we're trying to create something using unconven..

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"My two daughters are like my eyes - precious and important. It was after my first pregnancy scan when they said I'll have twins. My husband and I were on cloud nine. We were super excited and were looking forward to the delivery. After they were born, it got a little difficult to manage both of them together. But for us, it was a ..

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"This nursery means everything to me. The kind of fresh air I get here is not available anywhere in the city. I feel safe when I'm here, away from the pollution outside. It's been 31 years since I started this nursery. Initially, I had a grapevine production. But due to a few unfortunate reasons, I shut that down and opened this nu..

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"I'm donating blood for the fifth time since I turned 18-years-old. I try and do it twice a year, but a lot of it depends on my health condition and the duration between my last donation and the present. There have b..

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"They say, friends who eat together, live together. We’re a group like that. A foodie group, I’d say. We’ve been caught in school for ordering food from outside. Nevertheless, we continue to eat, shop, study, repeat.  Each one of us ..

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"I work with the dark forest experiential zone in the city. When I see kids of different age groups come here, I regret discontinuing school. My native is Karimnagar and I stopped my education after inter second year because I wasn't interested. I spent a lot of time loitering around before I shifted to Hyderabad in search of a job..

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"Ever since my daughter was born, I'm so occupied with her that I can't think of anything else. I discontinued my job during pregnancy and I have no regrets. My daughter is my first priority.  When I first got married and moved into this joint family, I was worried for obvious reasons - new house, new people and ne..

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"My boyfriend and I have been dating for the last three and a half years now, out of which two years we've been away (geographically). We were in the same college and we spent our first year of the relationship together, quite literally. We went to college, watched movies, went on long drives, met each others' friends and just spen..

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"My husband and I shifted to Hyderabad six months ago, when I joined an international school here. We’ve loved the city for its people, food (Biryani, of course) and the culture. It’s fascinating how everybody comes together to celebrate all the festivals. Our best pastime, however, is to visit historical places. We have been t..

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"Gaming is a way of life for us. My friend and I met during our intermediate and we have been great friends since then. Our bond has developed over hundreds of gaming sessions. After we passed 12th, I did my course in game development and he works for a corporate company. Since we’re usually caught up with w..

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"Growing up I was a naughty child. My cousins and I would play together and have a great time. When we meet now, we still recollect those golden days and laugh. Being the eldest child in my house, I always had a few responsibilities to fulfill - like taking care of my younger siblings. If you saw me as a child, you woul..

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"Waking up to the chirping of sparrows in my balcony is the best thing about my mornings. I take a few breaks from my household chores to feed the birds. I also made nests for them. Oh, have I told you that there are 140 plants ..

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"My father opened this stall 30 years ago and I took over after my high school. The hospital management knows us personally. Everybody from employees to patients and management come here during their breaks. Although our specialty is ginger tea, we also have many kinds of tea, coffee and biscuits.  Everyday, we see..

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"My sister was born when I was in high school and I remember carrying the little baby that she was and holding her tiny hands. Our bond has only become better ever since. We live in a large family and my mother is usually busy with the household chores. So, my sister comes to me for everything - from homework to chocolates and p..

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"Be it during the rains or a cold winter morning, if you are around this area, you are sure to see me selling milk. In the last 25 years, there have hardly been days when I couldn’t make it. I have one prin..

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"It all started in class 11 when I hosted the farewell party at school. I was nervous in the beginning. But I knew it was a chance to prove myself and I did. Appreciation came pouring in. From then, I started working on my voice modulation and confidence, of course, because that’s a must in a creative field like radio. After my g..

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"Born and brought up in Maharashtra, I was quite worried when I moved to Hyderabad after my wedding. My husband and I were initially living in a joint family. As the daughter-in-law, I had a few responsibilities to fulfill, but I wanted to pursue my passion for art and craft. Despite having a busy schedule at home, I used to find tim..

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"My first experience of a job was in the banking sector. The job was satisfying, but I wanted to serve people, more closely. And I realised that police department was the place to be. It’s been five year..

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"We told my father many times to stop drinking. He used to say alcohol can never kill, it is what people in heaven drink, and they live forever. Just as he said, he is not dead yet, but both his hands and legs paralyzed. Recently, I got him admitted to a special hospital and he is recovering well. I started working at a..

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"My day begins at five in the morning and ends around ten in the night when I close my shop. I started this shop about twenty years back. My parents, grandparents, in fact, everyone I can think of in my family is associated with meat selling. My sons are also into it now. I love Hyderabad and it’s grown so much in all these..

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"I was crestfallen when I could not clear the CA exam. Someone suggested a course in Mass Communication. I took it up without serious commitment. Initially, it appeared like a step-down but soon fell in love with it. I also completed a diploma in jewelry design and received a gold medal. Offlate developed a serious interest in Gemolo..

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"I do not believe in sitting idle. Any job gives me great satisfaction, and to earn a few rupees at the end of the day is the best feeling for me. If I am in my town I work in the supermarket packaging division. Here in Hyderabad, I work as a caretaker for elderly women and young kids. Recently I turned sixty. I do not link m..

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"Sankranthi festival is a busy time for celebrities and movie stars. While most of them entertain us in theatres or TV channels, there is someone who insists on visiting our households to greet us.  Humans of Hyderabad presents the one and only #DuDuBasavanna and his musical companion." ..

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  "How many kites do I need? Let me see. Half a dozen of small ones for my kids, a few medium ones for my cousins’ kids, a couple of various ones for their friends ...and a ..

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"This footpath is our home and he is my best friend. We do not talk about families, as we have none. We share whatever we get. If a new person joins us, we split three ways. The church opposite this footpath provides us paid work. On some days, we get good money for big jobs, like setting up a few hundred chairs for a gathering...

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"When I had to discontinue my studies after 12thclass, I felt like a cricketer who gets out cheaply on his first big match and then dropped from the team. It is rare for people from a poor background to get past 10th class, so I felt I was out of the race and had to start all over again. That, I did. Necessity pushed me t..

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"Right from my childhood, I have been tending to buffaloes and it is all I know. This part of the woods is my farm and home. My wife and kids live in the town but I prefer spending my time alone. They even advise me to leave dairy farming and live with them, but I cannot.  Yeah, I heard those stories about this pla..

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"A few years back, I left my medicine course midway in Russia, when I realized I was not cut out to become a doctor. It was a difficult thing to do, as I was shattering my father’s dream. I somehow convinced him and moved on to become an air hostess. The favorite part of my job is interacting with many new people ever..

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"Right from my childhood, I was interested in sports. My seniors in school used to wonder how I could beat them with very little practice. Fitness was my secret then and it is even today. Just a few days ago, I participated in a swimming competition and won silver medals in two categories. Even If I were not an athlete ..

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"It was my interest in movies that pulled me to Hyderabad but I had no fixed goals. I worked as a junior artist for some time and slowly learned the art of makeup. Thanks to the help of my friends and grace of God, I am a full-time makeup artist now, with a steady income and good assets. This is my 3rd year in a row to ..

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"Our store is one of the oldest and reputed establishments in the city, and I grew up in its precincts. I used to watch the best of practicing homeopaths come here to buy the medicines and tinctures. So, it was natural for me to get fascinated by this great science at a very young age and pursue my career as a homeopath. I belong t..

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"I always wanted a baby girl...and I had to wait for some time. My first child is a boy and this daughter arrived after three years. So, you can imagine our delight when she came into our home...my husband and I shopped for pinks and greens like no tomorrow to dress up her little room. My elder kid loves her a lot too and..

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"Every day we wake up early, prepare all the stuff and get it to our food stall in the afternoon. We are open until midnight and serve the best of our snack items--hot and spicy. Quite a few film celebrities are our regular customers and often, pick up parcels from us. All of us, who work here, live together and s..

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"It’s a great joy to service teenagers when they come along with their parents. Quite a few insist on duplicate and triplicate frames either for novelty or as a spare. I always give them a special discount...and make sure they leave my shop happy. As a Marwari, a happy family is the most important thing. When I started this..

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"Arrivals are always happy, and departures invariably sad. This airport is a special place for us as it reminds how much we need each other when we meet or separate. Both of us travel frequently on work, and sometimes, we are apart for a few months. No matter how many times we speak to each other or how many video calls we make, we..

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"Humans of Hyderabad from time to time will bring you random clicks that capture the hustle bustle of the sprawling city. Here is the picture of a family trip...to their work, on a busy day!" #Randomclick #Hyderabad #HumansofHyderabad

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"How is my hair? Do I look good? I always like to dress up neatly and be in my best attire. I also like to keep my room clean and tidy all the time, so my daughter got me a single room here. She wanted me to take rest and I wouldn’t do it if I were with her...one work or the other, I never sit idle. Even here, I get involved in..

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"My life is defined by two trips—one to the patient in an emergency and the other to the hospital. These trips are a matter of life and death for an individual...so, I do my best. It feels nice when my work is acknowledged even though I am not into formalities. Recently, son of a patient waited almost 4 hours at the hospital ga..

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"Sometimes I feel society is more tolerant towards criminals than us. The way we are is not a crime in the first place, but the fact that I am comparing with them will give you an inkling about the discrimination we face. How can anyone target someone based on how they feel about themselves? I was born a woman in a man’s body...s..

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"In my 35 years of working in a cricket ground, I have seen many cricketers grow before my very eyes. I had the pleasure of watching Indian players like VVS Laxman, Mohammad Azharuddin etc in their initial days of their career and then moving on to big things. As a matter of fact, it’s a pleasure to see any young boy play here and ..

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"My life revolves around three things. My shop, my family, and my new found passion—mouth organ. Actually, I got interested in mouth organ at a very young age, when I watched the protagonist play it in a Hindi movie ‘Dosti’. I wondered at that time, how such a small instrument that can fit into your pocket can play such a b..

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"Helping others comes naturally to me. I donate whatever I can to orphanages and old age homes. Till recently I used to feel bad that I don’t have enough money to offer food to all the hungry poor. Then I realized that I might not have the money to alleviate the hunger of 100 people, but I do have enough for 1000 fishes or bird..

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"When I was a child we had no mobile phones or internet, so playing outdoors was an important pastime. I don’t want my kids to miss out on such fun and I make sure bring them here on Saturdays and Sundays, without fail. They all play together and enjoy a lot. Most importantly they get to know the various games and sport..

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"When my brother died all of a sudden, his kids became my responsibility. They study along with my two children now. My mother,wife, and kids...all depend on me and I do my best to take care of them. Things were a little difficult when I migrated from Uttar Pradesh a few years ago. But my cousin helped me out with the transition ..

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"Recently I suffered an injury to my legs, and the doctor advised me to give them rest. But how can I sit idle when I have a family to feed? So, here I am standing just like any other day for the past 25 years...with all my varieties of knives and sharpening equipment. My business has many lean periods and the last two months h..

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"I don’t know how I got attracted to dancing or for that matter when the desire to learn became stronger... but one fine day I found myself in a dance studio instead of my college nearby.  Understandably, my father got very upset when he heard about it from my college principal. He felt Hyderabad had too many distractions an..

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"I spend most of my time at this old age home. I have a family too and I love my granddaughter. Every now and then I visit them or they come over here. My friend here has no one and had to come here after her husband’s death. Let me not talk too much about it, as she will break into tears.  I have known her for s..

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"My parents were daily laborers and so am I. I started working from an early age and I am illiterate. But my kids are studying. Infact, my younger son is very intelligent, unlike my elder one who is a bit of laggard. I made both of them study in the same class from childhood, and now they are in ninth. They keep each other compa..

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"Sundays are for my family. I even switch off my mobile phone. Speaking of which, I run a mobiles' shop...something I am very proud of. I started it 12 years back, much against the displeasure of my father. Not a man to mince words, he voiced his dissent out in the open...What’s the point in doing an engineering degree if you wan..

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"My first painting was that of a peacock, in my kindergarten. I loved how just two colors, blue and green, could convey so much. My fascination with colors grew and I’ve been painting and sketching regularly. I work for an IT company and whenever I find the time I sketch. I even do digital art when I am in a cab or take a stroll ..

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"I am proud to belong to Charminar area, which is one of the most popular locations in Hyderabad for anybody... tourists and celebrities included. You might have heard that Ms.Ivanka Trump will be paying a visit here soon.  Selling bangles is a temporary business for me. Once I get a full-time job, I will hand over..

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"Catching fish is verrry simple. You get worms from this mud, attach it to this hook and drop the thread into the water. And then wait for the fish to pick up the bait....when it does, pull the thread out of the water quickly.  Yuck, we don't eat them. These are for our fish collection in the home aquarium." ..

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"I fell in love with our tenant’s daughter. She was very good looking, like a Bollywood heroine, you know. My parents were against the marriage, as she cannot hear or speak. Somehow, it never bothered me. I convinced them and we finally got married. We have three young kids, two in school. I make okay money with my jo..

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"People are warm and courteous in this city and the culture feels similar to ours. We get by in the city just fine, with English and broken Hindi. But we hardly face any communication issues in a restaurant, as we all need are two words—‘Chicken Biryani’. After a tasty meal, shopping is our next priority. Sarees, ..

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"My father abandoned me when I was very young, just after my mother passed away. I grew up in my uncle’s care in Mahboobnagar and he supported my education till Intermediate. I did not want to be a burden for him and decided that I should lead an independent life. I moved to Hyderabad...and after a few odd jobs, I realized tha..

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"I think this part of Hyderabad is probably one of the biggest markets in Asia for used motorbikes, next only to Delhi. Over 5000 people are employed in these shops that purchase and sell old bikes. I am into this business for more than 35 years now...started this soon after I returned from a brief stint in Saudi Arabia. ..

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"Why spend time on something else when you know where your heart is? Thankfully, this question never bothered me till now. Art is all I do...rather, I want to do. And there is so much to know. Every drawing of mine beings with something new I just learned and ends with a new understanding I can use in my next.Painting, sketching, i..

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"My grandfather used to be a banker and I wanted to be just lik..

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"Here's a photograph of a pencil sketch artist, who is speech impaired and earns his livelihood as a sketch artist. Though he cannot communicate verbally, his sketches speak for themselves. He is very popular with crowds, especially with kids, who love to see him in action. Kids and their chatter...he considers as best part of his ..

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"I haven't told my parents that I work as a delivery boy. They are a bit old fashioned and expect a graduate like me do a desk job, even if it pays less. But I like the money and the flexibility this job offers and am happy doing it. Very soon I would be appearing for my exams to study abroad and what I make here will come in real ..

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"I come from a very traditional family in East Godavari district. When I grew up, girls in our family were not allowed to go out, not even to school. My father used to say that all we needed was some basic maths to run the house, so why learn anything else? But, somehow I managed to study till 8th class, mainly with the help of our..

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"We come from the same college in Nagpur, but we hardly knew each other back then. Even here in Hyderabad...when we moved into the same hostel, at first, I thought she was arrogant and she found me fussy to the core. Now after a few months...we are discovering a lot of fun with the same qualities. Every time I make a big deal with ..

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"I would love to spend all my time with my two little granddaughters and do nothing else. But it’s a luxury I cannot afford right now. This little shop of mine contributes to our family income and it is important for all of us. My business is open from six in the morning to nine in the evening, throughout the week. So, I bring on..

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"When I started working in this joint, I barely knew what bread is, leave alone baking it. Now after eight months, I can rattle off the entire list of bread and variety of menu items, even if you wake me in my deep sleep.  My days are pretty hectic. I go to college in the morning and come here after that. I work un..

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"When I started working in this joint, I barely knew what bread is, leave alone baking it. Now after eight months, I can rattle off the entire list of bread and variety of menu items, even if you wake me in my deep sleep.  My days are pretty hectic. I go to college in the morning and come here after that. I work un..

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"I was born in a middle-class family to well-educated parents. I witnessed their rise in stature and become influential people in the society. But my parents never let their position affect me in any way. They taught me the values they hold dear to their hearts and simply allowed me to pursue what I wanted to.   ..

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"I got married when I was very young. It was a love cum arranged marriage. Infact, it was I who took the initiative and convinced the families...and most importantly, my future husband. It wasn’t easy in the beginning to lead an independent life, but slowly we built a home together. Both of us work now and we have a six-year-old ..

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"I don’t mean to be rude. But why do you need to know anything about me, or about my family or where I come from...or for that matter even my name. I am here, like I always have been, for the past 40 years. This is my shop and if you want to buy any of these items...betel leaves, nuts or this tasty mixture, please go ahead. Rest,..

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"Whatever happens to me in real life feels like a scene from a movie I watched. For example, when I left my hometown to pursue my dream of being a director, in my first six months in Hyderabad, I came close to starving. Immediately I thought of a Telugu film where the lead actor goes through similar situations. Same to same...when ..

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"My son finished his engineering and works in the Hi-Tech city. He keeps telling me to take it easy and retire, as I suffer from asthma and other old age ailments. But I like to work and be independent and I insist that I carry on. I go around the city in search of my prospects and sometimes even travel 40 kilometers in..

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"Flowers are soft but I work very hard...especially around functions and major festivals. Infact, I don’t even go home and work at a stretch for 3-4 days during this period. But I cannot crib a..

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"It’s over 30 years since I held a brush in my hand and I hope to do so till my last breath. I specialize in ‘Nirmal’ painting, a rare art, and craft from Telangana. My father, who was a national award-winning artist, was my first teacher. I even took training from my grandfather, so I got the best of both worlds. ..

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"I never understand why people hate strays and mongrels. They have the right to live as much we do and they mean no harm to anyone. It is a misconception that stray dogs are aggressive, while they merely react to us. If you reach out to them with open hands, they will surprise you with their unconditional love. My love ..

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"Work keeps me busy, independent and healthy. At my age, other senior citizens take up walking or yoga to stay fit. I just stick to my regular schedule. My body alarm wakes me up at 4 am and I get ready for the door delivery of milk packets. After a small break and finishing my household chores, I come to work in this hotel. It is ..

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Humans of Hyderabad from time to time will bring you random clicks that capture the hustle bustle of the sprawling city.  As a first, here is a team of workers toiling it away to put Hyderabad on the metro map soon. #RandomClick #Hyderabad #HumansOfHyderabad

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"South Indian breakfast and snacks are my specialties. I can make six variants of Tomato bath and that’s a feat by itself. Variety comes easy for me when it comes to cooking but I cannot say the same about my life. It’s been pretty much the same dish, with disappointment and distress as key ingredients, served to me over and ov..

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"It is never too early to get a move on with life. So, I started working when I was 15 years old. I picked up assignments that appealed to me...and worked like a possessed individual. And, it’s been like this for the past eight years. Now I own two companies and a cafe, work as a consultant for many events and manage big live con..

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"Sculpting is an ancient art and in golden ages, kings like Sri Krishna Devaraya used to provide everything for sculptors and allowed them to produce great works. The results are for us to see in museums and old temples. Now a days, one has to earn their livelihood as well through this craft. This brings in a lot of uncertainty and..

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"Hyderabad welcomes all.  Anyone can come here and earn a living. I came to Hyderabad almost two decades back. I worked as a salesman in a wholesale readymade shop for more than 18 years and then started on my own. I go to several low income neighbourhoods and sell different kinds of clothes. Like any business, thi..

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"If our families did not agree to our marriage, she would have remained my girlfriend forever. Sounds corny, but I am sure that’s how it would have been for me. But I am glad that ‘if’ never came into being and we both are happily married and so are our families. It’s great to see my parents' bonding with her parents and th..

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"I am the eldest in my family and had to discontinue my studies after 10th class to take care of my sisters. To help me out, my uncle gave me this shop and I relocated to Hyderabad from my hometown in Rajasthan. This shop is all I have and put in my best efforts to make things work. I take very few holidays and work throughout the ..

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"When I decided to start a company of my own, I was clear that I wanted to make some meaningful contribution to society. Money alone wasn’t the driving force. I realised very early on in my career that there are many ways to earn money when I sold a used car and made close to 20 thousand rupees in half hour, which was my monthly ..

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"I still remember my first professional shoot. It was for a major IPL team and the subject was a super star...and I walked in like a typical teenager, who thought it was ok if he had brushed his teeth the previous day. Thankfully, the star maintained some distance while I mustered the right equipment and courage. The result was a f..

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"If destiny springs a bad surprise, I try to overcome it with my hard work. So when farming in my village became an uphill task, I decided to shift to Hyderabad. Soon, my profession changed from growing food to selling food. It has been 12 years now since I became a 'tiffinwala' and I offer hot and steaming idlis for the morning cr..

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"Many come for my handloom sarees, shawls and other items. I weave on traditional pit and frame looms and some people prefer my cloth to the ones available in big shops which mix power loom varieties. Most of the designs I make are already famous, named after my native place. My village in Telangana is famous for handlooms and prac..

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"We are a wild bunch, and we do many things together...work included. Weekdays are consumed by serious stuff, so we don't miss the weekends and plan a good fun-filled outing. Play is the main theme and cricket is t..

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"When everybody enjoys their festivals, things become very hectic for me...but I don’t mind at all. It is seasons like these that I earn quite a bit and also cover the deficit from other parts of the year. It’s more than a decade since I started off as a Mehandi artist and I am glad that I am still around and relevant. I built a good ..

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"I come from a family of paanwalas....both my father and grandfather were into this profession. Often I find that ..

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"Of all the places I visited in Hyderabad I like Zoo a lot. It’s good to see so many animals there. My little brother wants to take me there often on his bike. I like the big motorbikes better, and when I go out with my father, I enjoy the breeze very much. My mother tells me I need to be old enough to drive one and that too afte..

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"Rain or shine, my customers come to me. I sell almost all newspapers and magazines here, to cater to their wide variety of tastes and interests. Some even cancelled their home delivery of newspapers and..

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"I know quite a few people who don’t go out on vacations as they can’t leave their pets alone. Most of the pet parents treat pets as their kids to the extent that they bereave them as their own. As a pet lover, such feelings and emotions are not new to me. I still call my Dalmatian’s name thinking he is at home, even after hi..

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"One fine day, I told my husband that I wanted to quit my job as an architect in a public agency. He didn’t even bat an eyelid and said okay. It’s that kind of understanding and support I get from him and my in-laws. I do what I love and it’s good to know that they are with me all the way. I don’t let this freed..

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"I started off small, selling only honey water with lemon, ginger and cinnamon.  My menu expanded as customers themselves suggested me to offer other items like sprouts, health ..

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"I lost my husband at a very young age. He was addicted to alcohol and problems were all he left behind. Things became even worse when my only son lost his leg in an accident. I had to become the main bread earner for the family...and it is never easy at my age and with my hearing problem. I pleaded with an acquaintance of mine and..

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"Respect for Self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions...this is how one gets started with 'Right View', the first step of eight fold path. The rest of the seven steps are for serious followers of Buddhism, but this alone offers ..

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"I proudly tell everyone that I am from USA (Universal Sangeet Academy) and that my mission is to take music to the people. Parks, cultural corners like Ravindra Bharathi, are my addas and I attract people who are i..

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"Ganesh Chaturthi is a celebration for many, but for us, it is a make or break time of the year. We have been in the idol making business for the past 15 or 18 years.... I am not very sure about it, as I am an uned..

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"My heart is in India and Hyderabad is my window to all that is Indian. Even when I was in US for a brief while, I was very clear that I would return soon enough. I went there to study a course in Fashion Merchandising and I am glad I did. It helped me to understand international fashion and also fuelled my imagination. ..

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"Any act of creation is an expression of one's learning and experience. I understood this when I first visited Chennai in the late 60s and interacted with the stalwarts in popular Telugu literature like Kosaraju, Devulapalli, Pingali, Atreya, Arudra, Dasarathi, ..

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"My parents were in the wedding industry, and I got a firsthand knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes. I was fascinated by the elaborate preparations and the range of emotions that one gets to see. This..

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"I did not study well, and I had to earn my livelihood somehow. So, I left my family back in Nepal and came down to Hyderabad in search of opportunities. Things were not that easy as I worked in many small hotels doing all kinds of odd jobs. I somehow managed to learn cooking and that helped me secure a place in this noodle joint. ..

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"Our nursery is like a small branch of the Mother Nature. We grow a variety of plants and trees here, and we have our share of wild visitors too....many birds and a few snakes. But we don't mind them and allow them to pass through our world unharmed. We are into this nursery business for the past 20 years. My husband st..

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"If the society can accept what happens in a public park amongst so called couples and even allow an admission fee, why should it have a problem with what consenting adults do in their homes? A..

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"Before I took up this profession, I was a car driver and transport in-charge. Pay and perks were good, but I hardly found time for my personal life. I made a conscious decision then to change my job. I was lucky to get a break as a driving instructor and I have to thank my friend who made the referral. For the last four years, my ..

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"Tattooing is an art form and when I call myself a tattoo artist, I truly believe in the word 'artist’. I am also a professional painter with several exhibitions and commercial paintings to my credit. So, whatever I learn and pick up in the other forms of art, I bring it to tattoo painting.  Most of my clients co..

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My father is a goldsmith and he insisted that I learned the craft. Out of respect for him, I joined this profession at an early age of 12. It was tough managing my studies while I worked at the shop but somehow pulled it off. Soon, I took over the shop, which is 70 years old now. When I was young there were just 3 or 4 shops ..

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"Music is my life. When I play a guitar, it is as if I am injecting myself into the strings and making the music. And I lose track of time. Same happens to me when I am in our music shop from dawn to dusk. I help out both..

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"Doing business on the streets is no mean feat. You have to endure a lot and still serve people to earn your livelihood. At times, I also give it back to rude people when that is the only way to deal with them. But thankf..

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"Every artist has her share of struggles and my case is no different. My problems started at home though. I had to go to great lengths to convince my parents that my love for art is real and that their only child is capab..

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"I was a very naughty kid who used to watch a lot of films and play pranks on my teachers. I even got punished many a time for my behavior. All this changed one day when a sister visited us in Goa and ran..

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"I stand up wherever and whenever our National Anthem is played.  Loving my country and working for the greater good of our nation...these thoughts stayed with me for a lo..

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''My day starts as early as 4 am. I cook for my children and go to my farm in the interiors of Ranga Reddy district to pluck fruits. My son then drops me at the bus stand. I carry huge bags of fruits and vegetables and come to the city, reach the market and set up my stall. I've been doing this for many years now. I have lost count of the..

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"I love to chat and interact with people. This comes in very handy when I treat patients, specially the kids and elders. Often, I try to get into their shoes and allay their concerns. Some even have misapprehensions about my young age and my abilities. But any day, give me a few minutes with them and they will just ease into my dental cha..

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"I am uneducated and have few options to earn my livelihood. But I try to make good with my limited knowledge. For me, it's the season which decides what I should sell. Mangoes, custard apples, blackberries, oranges...I procure anything that is current item and offer them in my cart. Now I am a corn vendor and I hope you like my warm deli..

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You might find it amusing but I got interested in music only after watching Veteran actress Vanisri play the Veena in a movie. I was learning classical dance then and gradually made Veena my priority. As my dad was in the army, we were constantly being transferred across states. I still remember the days when my dad took so much trouble a..

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"My parents never forced me to pick any particular career. They did not burden me with any expectations from my earnings. So, when the time came, I looked around and joined a hotel management course. I found that cooking was my interest and worked at it. I became a chef and am in this profession for over a decade. Things have looked up on..

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"I grew up in Ranchi and had a wonderful childhood. Playing with cousins, flying kites on rooftops, sharing pickles with neighbors, not liking school a bit and playing all day long....lots of such fond memories for me, in our spacious house. One that I recall most is our kitchen grown sugar cane my mother used to give us all. And, somethi..

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"We believe our music is all about getting people together...people who are scattered around in time and space, yet sharing our creation. Come to think of it, this is how our band began. You cannot even describe that feeling, when you find someone who shares your dreams and invests in your vision...and that too, on a path that is less tra..

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"Yes, I am dressed a little different for a cattle herder, but we dress like this only in the city. Most of my relatives who are in villages wear the conventional attire you associate with us. Owning and managing a business with cattle, is almost a family tradition, being passed on for many generations. It is said that Lord Krishna also r..

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"There's nothing like a weekend for me, or for that matter, to most of the doctors I know. Home and hospital...my life pretty much revolves around both. Whatever time I get from my work, I spend with my family and parents. I don't mind at all, as becoming a doctor was my conscious decision. It's hard to remember why I chose this professio..

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"I am a full-on tomboy in real life. Right from the time I was a kid, I have drawn huge interest in what boys do. When I was 15 or 16, I took to dancing just like that after I watched Michael Jackson for the first time and it stayed with me since then. I watched all of his videos and practised like mad. Now, I can do his famous moon walk ..

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"I sit on the road and repair foot wear, and withstand all kinds of weather...but my family gets a shelter in return. Being a single mother of three and no other means to survive, I became a cobbler. I don't even remember when I started. 25-30 years back, is my guess. In all these years, I struggled hard to keep my head above water. But, ..

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"Our family has been living in these outskirts of Falaknuma palace for over 100 years now. Back then, our house was the only one in the vicinity of the palace, with a jungle in between. You wouldn't believe it if I say now, but we could see the palace from here...and all the dignitaries who visited the palace had to pass this way! It was ..

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"I lose track of time when I am driving my auto. I leave around 7am and then let my day's collection to decide the rest. Sometimes I work as much as 14 hours a day. I have to pay off my auto loan and provide for my family. So, it is the same routine for me seven days a week. Only on Sundays, I conclude a bit early and rush to spend time w..

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"I clearly remember the day when my parents were against me joining hotel management. It took time convincing them that it will be a good career option. During my training days, I had to work for over 18 hours and felt many times why should I clean dirty plates and serve others for a mere 5000 as salary. But after getting trained in some ..

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"Life in a moving bus isn’t always easy but my job demands it. Schedules are quite hectic too as some days I start my day as early as 4.30 am. These odd timings leave me with very little time for my family and it feels like I am cramming two days of personal work in a single day. My 5-year old job comes with some other unique challenges..

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"The nicest thing about the holy month of Ramadan is the Iftar time. After fasting for the entire day, everyone reaches the Masjid, say dua (prayer) and break their fast under one roof. This is also when you forget the tough conditions under which you fast for the entire day and thank Almighty wholeheartedly. Iftar time in Hyderabad is a ..

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"Practicing Yoga has increased my flexibility, developed my concentration levels and also helped me in my academic life. On the occasion of International Yoga day, I will be representing my college in a huge event. This means a lot to me, as I gave up doing Yoga after my tenth grade due to my hectic studies. Back then, I felt I had to giv..

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"My dad always said that in life we should be useful to others, apart from having a good profession. Being a wife of an army man, I lived alone most of my life and that was the time my dad's words resonated with me and I became a full-time beautician. This profession not only filled my loneliness but also made me quite independent. Once I..

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"People around here say we are the naughtiest kids in the neighborhood. But all we do is play pranks and have a great time. Look, she is trying hard not to giggle and appear serious, but she is the one who does all the mischief. I simply tag along as we are very good friends and also because it's great fun." #Hyderabad #HUmansOfHyderabad

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"Everyone wonders how come a temple is built right at the edge of such a prestigious Muslim monument like Charminar. But many do not know that this goddess herself first made her presence felt here over 400 years from now. It was my ancestors who gave shape to this temple which has now become world famous. Many say that Goddess here is ve..

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"As I am a daily wager, every single day of my life is a struggle. Everything depends on what kind of work I find on a day to day basis. Sometimes I work as a tractor driver and there are times where I engage myself as a daily laborer in a construction site. There are also days where I don't find any work and have to sit idle. My work is ..

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"I chose to become a nurse, as I believe that service to mankind, is service to God. I work in the emergency ward and ICU and try my best to save life. I still remember the time when my own brother who was also my patient suffered and died in my care. I was very dejected as I couldn't help him much. In my 15 years of profession, such inci..

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"We live nearby and we have a mosque near our house too. But we come here often, as we like it here. We try our best to emulate all the elders here in devotion and rituals. In-spite of our shortcomings, everyone here encourages us to do our best and guide us in their own way. It is great to see so many thousands of people assemble for pra..

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"There is a saying that dogs are man's best friends and it is the exact truth as 'Coco' is our prized possession and one of the most obedient dogs around. She is just nine months old but listens to whatever we say. The moment she hears that we are going to necklace road in Hyderabad, Coco's eyes lit up and she jumps with a lot of joy. Thi..

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"I always feel that women should do whatever comes naturally to them. Most often, they are not allowed to shine enough, as men get most of the opportunities. But my husband does not believe in all this and encourages me me to be independent. Inspite of his illustrious career and busy schedules, he manages time for my ideas and supports me..

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"I never used to have time for my kid. This was bothering me big time and finally, I made a resolution that I will dedicate the entire weekend to him. Now, both I and my son go for long bicycle rides in Hyderabad. I spend some lovely time and also teach him about cycling, road safety and various other facets of life. We have some wonderfu..

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"Nowadays, following our ancient culture and finding our roots has become quite rare. Unless and until kids know as to what their religion is all about, how will they respect their existence? For this exact reason, I have brought all my three kids here and taught them how to perform the holy Wudu, break the Ramadan fast and offer prayers ..

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"I try to come here often. I love these birds and feel a special connect with them. Sundays are the best. There are a lot of crowds, with families and friends. It's good to see so many of them being kind to these birds...my friends. Every now and then, people take selfies and pictures. I sneak in and make my buddies flutter and fly. Many ..

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"Art is nothing but expressing yourself completely. Sketching makes me happy and this is what I have been doing from my childhood. During my growing up years, I found out that sketching is my strength and decided to pursue it as a career. I never went to a training class or learned it from others. You can say, I am a born artist. I displa..

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Ask me which is my favorite place in Hyderabad, I will right away say it's my tailoring store. Things were very tough when I started off at the age of 16. After dropping off from the 5th grade, I followed my brother and worked as a tailor with him. After his death, I have taken over the store and now, this shop has become my life and live..

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I am hitting a sweet spot in my life right now, touch wood... My career is going great guns; I recently finished a short-stories manuscript and I just returned from Thailand, my 21st country abroad. Looks like I can have the cake of life and eat it too. The icing on it is my association with 'Art of Living' under the auspices of Guruji Sr..

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"My mother is my best friend and I love spending time with her. She fulfills all my wishes no matter what they are. Cooking has become my latest hobby and I make some awesome dishes for her. She was the one who spotted my creative side and enrolled me in a Robotics class. This training helped me bag the National Champion Award and since t..

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"I still remember the day when I first came to Hyderabad in 1989 to play my Ranji trophy match for Mumbai. Since then, the way everyone receives me here and showcases their hospitality is just priceless. Many do not know that I am a huge foodie and whenever I land here; my friends arrange the yummiest Biryani for me which is the best in t..

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"The piercing below my lower lip is a special one for me. I consider body piercing and tattooing as form of self expression rather than a style statement. I am into short film making and recently tied up with the other two of this gang. We girls do all the talking and he does all the shooting. He is happy that way and it shows, isn't it? ..

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"I am a wood carver by profession and earn my livelihood by designing my own handicrafts. I am into this field right from the time of our ancestors. Everything that I sell is created from scratch and this is where I get a decent profit when I sell my artwork. Very few know that there is a lot of creativity involved and they are the ones w..

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" I come from a poor family in Khammam. Both my parents are tailors. I don't know when I decided to pursue computer programming or for that matter even higher education. But somehow I did. Over the years, I picked up good skills in software engineering. Ethical hacking is my favourite of all. I started as a junior developer and quickly mo..

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"The first thing I tell everyone when I am abroad is that I am from Hyderabad. Growing up as an Hyderabadi was so much fun. I still remember the days when I used to walk through the grape gardens and defense area of Bollaram which had some beautiful visuals. I also had a typical Hyderabadi college life which was filled with meetings at Se..

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" I think the toughest part as a stall owner, is to pull the customer in. Once she is in, I can provide the best of my service. This is relatively easy for me as I have very good varieties..

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"Being Fit isn't seasonal...or a summer special. That's what I say to women and men, who give fitness a shot in ..

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" My grandmother calls me 'Jaanu' and I am her favorite granddaughter. I don't know if I am older than my age or my grandmother is younger than hers, but we connect big time. We share almo..

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"Nuts and bolts were my childhood toys. I even played with tires and technical kits, while my father repaired vehicles in ..

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When I was a kid, my father used to take me to Hanuman Vyaymasala. He was very insistent about fitness and sports, and I tagged along. As the years went by, my interest in fitness grew man..

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" I am 90 years old and lived all my life in Hyderabad. I got married when I was still a child...about 5 years old. Our family is into pottery, and that's how I got started with this busin..

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" I am a native of Mahboobnagar but settled in Hyderabad. I am a B.Ed and M.A.post graduate. I wanted to become a teacher...gain respect and earn a decent living. But my communication skil..

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" I am running this mobile sugar cane joint for more than 20 years now. I scout around, pick an open space and set up my stand there. Quite a many summers have gone by from the day I start..

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"I first participated in a 5km marathon and it changed my life. I never missed a chance to run a marathon after that. After successfully completing 10km Airtel Marathon, I moved on biking ..

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"My fascination with engineering began a long time ago. We were getting a new house built when I was in the 9th grade. While the initial plan was made for the whole plot, my parents changed their mind to also include a ti..

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"The best of my memories are from school. The fun we had, the trouble we got into, the friends we made, I won't lie and say I loved every minute of it, but I did love it for the most part. All the troubles, fights- that s..

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"I've never been particularly ambitious. Some people were always talking about how they needed to get out of this place, get computer jobs and buy cars and houses. I'm happy to be doing basic jobs and going back home wher..

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I don't quite remember how and when it started, but now it's a part of our schedules. I buy a pack of Parle-G and come here around four in the afternoon, I talk to him while he eats, we play for a while, and go our own wa..

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While the kids gathered for a picture, another noticed from across the park and came in running to join, asking why they were being clicked. " Are you going to post our picture and say we're orphans so you can get more li..

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"My story is that of most of the people my age. I had my share of fun in my youth, got married and had kids. That's when everything changed. From then on, I've done everything I can to make sure they get a good education ..

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"People don't seem to want to have conversations anymore. You have to listen, understand and reflect on what others are saying to have a conversation. But that isn't what anybody does anym..

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"I love reading. When I'm not attending to the God or the devotees, I immediately pick up a book. A well narrated story has the ability to take you to a different world al..

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"Barely any people stop by anymore and the ones that do expect me to accept 500 rupee notes. We survive on what I make each day and I make one tenth of what I used to. That is not even eno..

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How was it growing up as an Army child? "It was beautiful! We were always on the move, and when you're constantly thrown out of your comfort zone, panic doesn't strike. You learn there is ..

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"Others think that we just met and it all clicked together. It doesn't always work that way though. Just a few weeks back she stopped taking my calls and left for Bangalore." "Why aren't a..

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"My career has had a mind of its own. I never planned anything out, I just explored as many, of the opportunities that came to me, ..

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"I had to lie to my father to come open this stall today. He would rather let the stall remain shut than have me take a break from my studies and take care of this. He wants me to earn a r..

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"There were memorials on both sides of the road, like a passage of death, with details of the person and how they died, and almost all of them died as a result of Indo-Pak conflicts. But t..

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"I'm not exactly the golden girl. Some may even call me the black sheep of the family. Being the 'second son', I have an older brother, the good kid, who I have tried emulating but just co..

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"We are all a big bunch of foodies! 'Eat like a pig, work like a bull' that's the motto we live by. I'm always looking forward to the weekend because that is when we cook as a family, that..

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"It was 2010, the first time it was out there. Coming out and speaking about child sexual abuse was a big deal. It came as a surprise to everybody, my friends, family, including my parents..

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"I don't understand why we are perceived as the bad guys. All I'm trying to do here is make sure everything at and around this junction runs as smoothly as possible. We're trying to keep y..

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"This 11 day long festival of welcoming Ganesha into our lives and then seeing him off, with immense hope that we will welcome ..

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"I love it when mama is in town. I get bike rides AND ice cream!"

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"Women of Madhubani used to decorate their homes by drawing on the mud walls, with fingers and sticks, making ..

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"I'm telling you! Being a shopkeeper makes you so wise. I get to hear all sorts of people have conversations about all sorts of things. Some make absolutely no sense to me though, especial..

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"About two consecutive times, I gave her a chocolate right after they got down from their bus from their village, so now she holds out her hand every time she gets out of any bus! "

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"It's just not talked about enough. Why is there shame in dealing with your problems, or coming out stronger? I felt so alone, not knowing so many people around me were going through the s..

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"In a way we are family. The 50 to 60 auto drivers in the stand are expected to be there for each other. We have to work odd hours, leaving very little time to spend at home, all for the v..

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"Oddly, falling into that gutter led to one of the greatest moments of my life! I was supposed to play for the college team in one of the biggest tournaments to be held in Hyderabad, somet..

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"My day begins with taking her out for a walk and ends with putting her in bed with my daughters." "Which she then proceeds to throw us out of", one of the daughters adds. Fun Facts about ..

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"I know there are bad people in the world, I know bad things happen, it didn't shock me, but her reaction did. She's under the impression it's her fault. How could something that's been fo..

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"I've been learning the martial arts since I was 3. Unfortunately, that meant I was the first guy any of my friends called when they got into a fight. And you can't say no to a friend who ..

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"Our bodies go through so much through out the year, Roza is a chance for it to heal for a month. There are so many ..

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"Of all the places that I've gone to deliver, I only got asked if I have eaten once, by a little girl. She was quite a curious one, had a lot of questions. And every answer I gave, there w..

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"I like playing with taller people because everyone is always putting things I want to play with or eat on the top shelves. But my tall friends can reach for them and then we play together..

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"Fitness got me back from the brink of suicide. Until then it just was a means to an end. My aim was to work for the Indian Railways and I was sure all the medals I won in fitness would ge..

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"We've been friends since we were in our third grade in the 40s", "Work took us to different places but we've met every day we spent in the same city", "We know each other inside out", "He..

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"A couple of days ago, I was walking back home and there were a couple of slabs on the road to cover the sewer. Somehow, a dog its head stuck in between the slabs. Imagine that happening t..

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"Most of my family worked with books and I grew up with them all around me. But I never thought of it as a profession. Wasn't too enthusiastic when I began work either. But ..

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"I'm currently enjoying the best of both worlds. Bombay is where home is, where my main relationships are and where I've grown up. My Monday to Fridays are in Hyderabad. It's so much easie..

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"The poor man fights because he just blew his hard earned money on alcohol which makes him stupid enough to think ..

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"My kids are the one thing that keep me going. They are the reason I ..

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"We were all at an age we should have been settled by. So it was not easy saying 'screw the money, we want to serve some delicious food and have fun doing it.'A lot of hard work goes into ..

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"I'm a full time working mother with a two year old girl. My job keeps me occupied at all hours of the day. I remember being very apprehensive about becoming a mother. I would wonder what ..

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"I’ve known her almost all my life. We went to kindergarten together. She had to move to Bombay when we were 14, but that's when we became best friends. And after being best friends for ..

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"My wife used to work at the MRO office in Warangal and I, at the RVM (Rajiv Vidya Mission). We weren't doing great financially, but we were happy with the life we built together. But my w..

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