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Buy the MYMUMBAI 2024 calendar - help Mumbai's homeless communities

NOTE: This calendar is being shipped in early January from the UK. It will also be available in India. 100% of the profits will go to Pehchan in Mumbai.


Click on the calendar pages to enlarge them. Read the captions below.




January Image



January caption:


FISHING BOATS, WORLI KOLIWADA

BY NITIN SANJAY KHARWA


Nitin Sanjay Kharwa took this photo from Worli Koliwada overlooking the Rajiv Gandhi Sagari Setu Bridge or known commonly as the Bandra - Worli Sealink. Koliwada is a

traditional fishing hamlet of Mumbai and has been around for centuries. Nitin, who is 23, lives in the Tardeo area of Mumbai and works in a golf club nearby as a helper to

support his family, his mother and a younger sister. He is the only abled earning member of the family.




February image:



PERFECT BALANCE, NULL BAZAAR

BY FIROZ SHAH


Firoz Shah was born and raised on the pavement outside JJ Hospital and has been a taxi driver for about 20 years. He has always wished to receive a formal education but was unable to as he had to earn from a very young age to support his family. Over the years he has worked jobs several ranging from construction work to house help. He

took up driving to earn a sustainable income and aims to improve the financial condition of his family.



March image:



March caption:


REFLECTIONS OF A GROWING

CITY, WORLI BY SUNIL KHARWA


Sunil Kharwa captures the reflections on the water at Worli, Mumbai. He is a 27 year-old Mumbaikar, who was raised on the pavement along Bodyguard Lane in Tardeo. He could only study until the ninth grade and supports his family by working as a helper in a golf club in Tardeo. However, this doesn’t stop him from indulging in his hobby from time to time, photography.






April image:





April caption:


CRICKET MATCH, WORLI KOLIWADA BY NITIN SANJAY KHARWA


Nitin Sanjay Kharwa took this photo of children playing cricket in Worli Koliwada. In the background you can see the historic Golfadevi Temple and the the Rajiv Gandhi Sagri Setu Bridge on the horizon. Nitin, who is 23, lives in the Tardeo area of Mumbai and works in a golf club nearby as a helper to

support his family, his mother and a younger sister. He is the only earning member of the family. Although he has a quite hectic schedule he takes time out of his day to take his younger sister to the park every day.


May image:



May caption:


BASKET MAKING, MAHIM BY RAHUL PARMAR


Rahul Parmar took this photo of his aunt making a basket. Rahul, who is 18 years old, and lives with his family in the Mahim area of Mumbai. His family come from Rajasthan and have been making and selling bamboo products for generations. Rahul, who helps with the family business, aims to complete his education. He hopes to one day buy a big

house for his family and he says he strives hard for it every day.






June image:


June caption:


AUTO RICKSHAW, MUMBAI BY SIKANDAR MANSURI


Sikandar Mansuri lives with his family in Bodyguard Lane, Tardeo, and sells flowers and garlands on the street. He took this photo of an auto rickshaw in the northern part of the city as they are not allowed in southern regions of Mumbai, where he resides. Sikander’s day starts early as he goes to the flower market to procure the flowers, which his wife turns into garlands. He then stands on the streets of the city and in front of big societies to sell them. He says that festivals are the best time of year for his business. He hopes to open a proper flower shop one day to expand his business so that he can send his children to school.


July image:



July caption:

STREET LIFE, JJ HOSPITAL BY SHEELA PAWAR


Sheela Narayan Pawar lives outside the Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Hospital (known as the JJ Hospital), Mumbai. She is an egg seller on the streets of Mumbai. Although she is homeless, Sheela, 56, was proud to be able to able to marry off her three daughters. She says that whenever her grandchildren come to her at the time of Diwali she tries her

best to make them happier than ever against any odds, adding that she is a very optimistic person and tries her best to live her life happily.






August caption:

FLOWER MARKET, GRANT ROAD BY SURESH PAWAR

Suresh Pawar took this photo at the famous Dadar flower market on Ganesh Chaturthi. The flower market is one of the biggest and busiest in the city and is teeming with people during the 10-day festival, which is one of the religious event in Mumbai. Suresh, who is 53 years old, lives on a street in Grant Road, which has been his home for the last 40 years. He belongs to the Pardhi community, which has been historically marginalised in the country. Suresh said that the women in the photo also belong to his community. Suresh said he does seasonal work which includes selling flowers and flower garlands and taking up odd jobs as and when he gets them.


September image:



September caption:


MARINE DRIVE, SOUTH MUMBAI

BY AKASH RAJU KHARWA


Akash Raju Kharwa took this photo of his friend Nitin on Marine Drive. Akash, a 19-year-old from the Kharwa community was brought up in Bodyguard Lane in Tardeo after his family had to vacate their ancestral home in Gujarat due to a natural calamity and arrived in the city seeking a livelihood. Akash sells plastic cricket balls on the streets of Mumbai and is a huge fan of sport. Even though he couldn’t afford to go to school, he wants to provide for his family as much as he can and has aspirations of improving their condition as he grows up. He said the photograph is a reflection of his dreams.


October image:



October caption:


BROTHERS, MUMBAI CENTRAL

BY SUNANDA GAIKWAD


Sunanda has been living on the pavement adjacent to JJ Hospital since she was born. A mother of four, she is the sole bread earner and does a variety of jobs to make ends meet. This was photo was taken on Bellasis Road bridge which goes over Mumbai Central, a major train terminal that connect the city to the rest of the country. She hopes that her children get a proper education to break out of homelessness.









November image:



November caption:


HOMELESS, BODYGUARD LANE BY SHOBHA KHARWA (PHOTOGRAPHIC DIRECTOR)


Shobha Kharwa is a resident of Bodyguard Lane and is a bartanwali, who barters utensils for old clothes – a system of recycling that was once omnipresent in the city but has been dwindling fast over the last 20 years. She wanted a photo to be clicked of her with the resident dogs. Homeless communities have deep associations with stray dogs and often take care of them.


December image:



December caption:


DADAR BEACH, MUMBAI BY ANIL BUTIA


Anil Butia is 27 years old and lives in Mahakali Nagar, Mumbai and is a daily wage worker. He took this photo of Dadar Beach. It is the site of Chaitya Bhoomi, which is the final resting place of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, one of the foremost social-political reformers and leaders of modern India. His death anniversary on December 6 is observed as Mahaparinirvan Din and millions of people from across the country visit this site to pay homage to him.






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