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The tailor who works for me has just got his workshop in the slums at Shastri Nagar , he had his older one close to my house at Bandra Reclamation , his landlord was a crook one day the electric bill came to an outrageous amount , the landlord said dont worry he would have it sorted out with the touts but nothing happened and so the tailor lost his deposit and is now in a dump at Shastri Nagar the ugliest tenement on the Bandra Rail tracks once all this adjoining area was the Bandra abbatoir.
And he is a good man from Bihar and has his family at Bandra East slums ,,his workmansip is out of the world all my breeches are made by him..I make stuff from him without trial he is so good .. so for a migrant is a very tough job of survival.
With the price rise all rents in Bandra west are exorbitant and when slums burn down for the workshop , job workers it is impossible to survive.
I shot sitting next to the cab driver the demolished silence of the slums at Dagdi Chawl.. barren walls and a few tents the homeless coming to terms ..I have shot the slums and when they get burnt it is a crazy situation of life and death for the tenant living in a loft in a shanty in the slums .. he loses his belongings hiss deposit everything the landlord refuses to pay him as he himself has lost everything ..Most of the people I get my work done live in the slums so I know their lives I always carry fruits excess food for their children,, they wait for me .
I miss my old days I visited Chor Bazar picked up old sarees for the hijras begging on the roads , copy books pencils etc…
And whenever I meet him I talk to him ask him about life and honestly he never complains.. I do.
I have had one of the most strenuous days yesterday , my feet are in bad shape so I finally bought myself a pair of cloth shoes..though I love walking barefeet.. I was at Pydhonie than took a cab to CP tank with my wife , made her hang outside , as she was wears the hijab and entered Madhav Bagh I was searching for some accessories..for a film and could not believe a world within Madhav Bagh a unique temple complex but yet could not find a locket of Ma Vaishnodevi.. I am now getting it from a friend in Surat... I could not find it at Mumbadevi too a few days back.
So when I reached home I was in bad shape for dinner h…