“I used to drink beer every once in awhile. That was all. But several members of my family died in a few years time.
“I came to the city when I was twenty and became a fruit seller. It’s allowed me to build a house in my village.
“One night there was a huge storm and he didn’t come home from work. I had told him to sleep at the shop, but he wouldn’t listen to me.
“I sell grain for people to feed the pigeons and cows. It’s a way to get good karma. This has been our family’s business for eighty years.
“I don’t want her to depend on anyone when she grows up. From the very beginning, I’ve been dependent.
“We let her pick the kite.” (Udaipur, India)
“We moved to the city thirty years ago when I was a small child. We hardly had a penny at the time. My father sacrificed everything for us.
Today in microfashion… (Mumbai, India)
“The only time they’re peaceful is when they’re watching cartoons. They argue over everything. They fight over toys.
“My wife passed away last month. She started shivering when she came out of the bath, and then she fainted.
“I came to the city when I was twenty-one because I wanted to meet my favorite actor. I thought that I’d wait outside his apartment, and he’d appear shirtless on his balcony just like in the Bollywood movies.
“I love that she loves love.” (Jaipur, India)
“My sons used to protect me from my husband. He’s an alcoholic and he becomes violent when he drinks.
“I didn’t get accepted into any of the universities that I wanted, and I ended up going to a lesser quality school.
“I’m trying to live my life without conflict so I don’t say much.” (Mumbai, India)
“I was a full time housewife. I kept mostly to myself. I was a very shy person. Then one year a local school asked if I could volunteer to teach art to the children.
“I don’t know how old I am.” (Mumbai, India)
“I resented my mother for the longest time. She was always affectionate. There’s nothing mean-spirited about her.
“My wife died of cancer shortly after our daughter was born. Both my parents had already passed away.
“My mom made me a birthday dress!”