siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"My dream is to have my own home and my own business, and I would like both of these at home in Delhi. I think that's all I need to be happy."
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Mohammad Tanvir is just eighteen and has been working for the last five years already. He grew up near Kashmiri Gate in Delhi in a large family and left studies after seventh grade to start working.

Work also took him places, including Anand in Gujarat, where he worked in a bakery. He has been working in Pune for almost an year now but remains without a friend still. He feels people here are not as friendly as they are back home.

Apart from work he enjoys movies a lot but lack of company means he sees only a few now.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

4th May 2015
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siddharthajoshi Just a quick update - Hindustan Times covered #TellMeYourDream2015 in their Sunday edition :) 13h

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What is your dream?
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"I am actually quite happy with the way things are right now and I would love for this to continue. I don't have lofty dreams and I really dream of simply spreading positivity around me."
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Peter Berg Schmidt comes from a small town in northern Denmark and grew up playing football and cycling with friends. During his growing up years the biggest influence in his life was his grandmother - a strong woman who kept the family together and always knew what everyone was doing. She is ninety-five now and lives in an elderly home, but continues to be an important part of his life.

His decisions in life have been influenced by two things that he loves the most - people and travel. He studied anthropology to understand organization of people and cultures, and did a course in tourism to understand that field better. He currently works as an independent travel consultant for a travel firm in Copenhagen and helps them plan tours in SE Asia.

He is also a very liberal man and believes in complete freedom of expression, as well as freedom to protest.

Peter is married now and it's only after marriage that he realized how nice it was. He lives with his wife in Stavanger, Norway where she works in an office while he works from home.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

3rd May 2015
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  •   jiya_dhingra Beautifully shot n portrayed 1d
  •   p.r.a.t.h.a.m.e.s.h Don't know about him but this picture does spread a lot of positivity @siddharthajoshi 1d
  •   ryselium Can't help but notice the stark contrast between this response and many of the others from India. It's so clear how many more opportunities this person has had in life. No judgements, just observation. 1d
  •   kevaljuthani @siddharthajoshi i saw your comment on Hindustan Times today. Congrats mate. So happy that your work is getting acknowledged. 1d
  •   _palak__ You are such an Inspiration to the people... really...went through most of ur posts today...they are too goodd...if i had found ur page earlier...would have followed it long back ! trust me... u r too good at this... and the captions are beautiful ! u r doing a great job ! Keep it up.. (y) @siddharthajoshi 21h
  •   siddharthajoshi @_palak__ thanks a lot Palak for such a wonderful comment :) 20h
  •   siddharthajoshi @kevaljuthani thanks Keval :) 20h

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I live with my mother and five dogs in a small house, and I am planning to marry my girl friend at the end of this year. So my dream right now is to build a big enough house for the entire family."
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Durgadas is a twenty-five years old lifeguard on the Benaulim beach in Goa. The training for becoming one was tough and he was inspired to do it because his brother was already one. However, he became a lifeguard only an year back and before this he worked in a factory for about five years.

He also loves sports and local Goan folk dance. He has also represented the state in a cultural program at Delhi's Pragati Maidan when he was young.

Durgadas studied only till tenth gratand left school when he failed the exam. Now he thinks he is doing a good job and intends to continue this for a while now.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

2nd May 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"My dream is to die in peace without any major illness or difficulty. I am old now so I don't dream about anything else now."
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Jaoquim is a seventy-two years old fisherman in Goa. He catches fish to sell to 'Curlies', or, if small, for eating at home.

When Goa was still a Portuguese Colony, he moved to Mumbai for work on the Portuguese visa. However, while he was there, war broke out and Goa was liberated. He then moved to Delhi and worked there for Forty-five years in a printing factory which made wrappers for chocolates, candies etc.

When he retired, he came back home to Goa. His daughter is married now and son has a good job. He spends most days on the beaches trying to catch a good fish.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

1st May 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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My dream is to travel all over the world to learn about all cultures, people, and religions. Travel opens up your mind to the world.

Katarina comes from the Corfu island in Greece where her family had a family radio station and she worked as a DJ there and played all kinds of music.

Now she works at Thalassa in Goa. Came to Goa for holidays a few years back, worked as a DJ for year, feel in love with an Indian man, married him and decided to stay back in India.

She wanted to be a DJ but her husband didn't approve of it so she left that job, and started working at Thalassa. Now she has a daughter and her life revolves around the baby and her work.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

30th April 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of getting a government job and living a more relaxed life. Ideally I would like to get a job with railways or in the court as a peon."
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Sujith Kumar come from the Munger zila, Bihar and has been working as a guard for the last one year in Pune. He likes Pune but would eventually like to eventually settle down near his home in Bihar.

He studied till tenth grade and then left school as he was really bored of it. However, he made sure his younger brother studied more and his brother is now studying to join the army.

Sujith is twenty-three and next year he will get married to a girl already picked by his parents. He has not seen the girl or even spoken to her as he thinks his parents will do a good job at finding a good match for him.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

29th April 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of doing something more in life, not just do what I am doing right now. If given a choice, I would love to work in a hotel."
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Rajesh works as a Behrupiya in the peth areas of Pune. In Pune he lives with a few more Behrupiya in a small house and spends the entire day walking around and asking for money.

Behrupiyas were fairly common in the Indian sub-continent a few decades back, but now they are just the last few caretakers of this dying art.

In the olden days Behrupiya would impersonate someone and visit a social ceremony and create commotion. If caught to be impersonating, they won't get rewards, and if not they would get a 'baksheesh'. Rajesh is fifteen and comes from Karnataka which is where his family also lives. He has also studied till seventh grade and uses his education to keep account of his daily earnings.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

28th April 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of getting married again. My husband died nine years ago after just two years of marriage and my parents didn't allow me to remarry as its not considered a good thing in the community. Now I need a partner and my son also needs a father."
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Suvarna works as a staff nurse at the Maternity ward of Aundh District Hospital in Pune. She has about twelve years of experience in different hospitals.

However, when she was young she wanted to be a teacher and even got admission to a training school. As the school was far from Pune, her parents didn't allow her to go there.

Her sister was a nurse already and she inspired her to join a Nursing school. She finished school and joined Ruby Hall Clinic in 2003 and mostly worked in the kidney ward and ICU, and saved many lives using CPR. During this time, her husband died of heart attack right after their son was born.

However, her salary was low and so she took exams to qualify for a Govt job which also more then doubled her salary. Right now her parents live with her and take care of her son at home. Being a single parent is a huge challenge considering her busy hospital life.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

27th April 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I really don't have a dream. You dream when you are young. In any case what you get depends on your destiny and not dreams, so what's the point?"
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Forty-five years old Phundalik Bhandari runs a 'Neera' shop in Kothrud, Pune and sells one glass for Rs 10. It's a family business and before him, his father was in his place at the same shop.

Neera is a sweet drink which comes from Khajoor tree mainly from the Bhor and Walchand Nagar area. He gets his supplies in the morning and it has to be finished by evening as it's shelf life is just one day. It's popular drink amongst the old timers, though the younger generation has moved away to bottled soft drinks.

Phundalik studied till tenth grade and then had to leave school to support his father. He has a son who runs a mobile shop and has no plans to come manage this shop.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

26th April 2015
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What is your dream?
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"I have two kids and my only dream is to provide them good education. Though I earn little I make sure they study is a good school (Lucknow Public School) even though their combined fee is Rs 4200/ month. The world has changed and the only way to make a living is by good education."
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Pintu Sharma is an auto driver who takes out his rented vehicle on the streets only in the night and drives it till 2am.

During the day he works at a company which makes concentrates for eggless confectionery. His work is to take orders and deliver the product to different bakeries in the city.

Pintu is fourty-five and comes from a small village near Lucknow. Now he is settled here to make a good living for himself and his family. However, that requires him to spend almost all his waking hours working at different places.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

25th April 2015
1w

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What is your dream?
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"I have four daughters and two of them are already married. I dream of getting the other two also married into food families. Apart from that I hope that if something happens to me, my wife should be well taken care of. For that I have taken an LIC policy so I think she would alright without me also."
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Maqbool Hussein works as a guide at Bada Imambada in Lucknow and this historical monument has been his home for the last fifty years, almost literally. Before Imambada became a tourist attraction in the city, many families used to live within the compound and his was one of them. He grew up living with the monument and knows every corner of it.

He takes immense pride in being the key source of knowledge for everyone around. He also takes care of training new guides.

Now he is fifty and one of the most senior guides here, still he earns only Rs 5000 per month. It's a struggle but he has managed to make a decent living so far.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

24th April 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"My dream is to continue enjoying the work that I do. When people from the west come and buy things in my shop it really makes them happy and that in turn makes me happy."
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Yong Cheong Tlye is a Calligraphy artist based in the China Town area of Singapore. Born in 1946, he learnt the art from a traveling Chinese master in Singapore itself.

He started doing this about 40 years back when he was just sixteen and has been in love with it ever since. His work has taken him around the world, including to India a few times.

He is married when children though the kids don't do much Calligraphy. I thinks it's best if they pick their careers based on what they enjoy.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

23rd April 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"I am not sure actually. I think if you are rich then you can have it all, else it's better to just die young. Right now small things make my happy, especially making love to my wife and I hope I can continue doing it for many years still."
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Derrick sells oils in a Chinese medicine shop in China Town. It's his father-in-law's shop who is quite an expert in this field. Most medicines sold here are sourced from China.

His family migrated from China to Singapore generations ago in search of wealth and happiness here. Derrick has always been here though.

He lives a simple life - starts work at 10am and finishes at 6pm, then goes home eats dinner, makes love to his wife and sleeps. His kids are in school right now and he thinks this shop would be their last career resort.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

20th April 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"I dream of becoming a pilot still. Is that odd? I think being a pilot will take me away in vast open spaces. To me it's frightening as well as thrilling at the same time."
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Naseem Huseni belongs to the fourth generation in the Bohri Muslim family who migrated to Singapore from Gujarat.

When she was young she first wanted to be a doctor and then a pilot, but her parents couldn't afford it then. To fulfill her desire to be close to aircrafts, she then decided to become an air-hostess and started her career with North West Airlines. However, she was soon disenchanted due to bullying and excess working hours and quit the job.

She still loved travel, so joined the Singapore Tourism Board and worked with them as Tourism Liaison officer. She is married but her love for travel continues. She works as an independent guide and often takes off to travel the world, both with and without her husband.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

21st April 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"My dream is to always keep my family happy. My grandkids live with me and my wife and I would like to take good care of them."
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Lee Chong Hua was born and grew up in a Kampong, back in the days when Singapore had villages. His father was a fisherman and he had four more sisters and one brother. After Primary School (sixth grade), he had to leave studies as there was no money to pay the fee.

He did many odd jobs in the city like working as a street hawkers when they were still legal. He served with the army after that and finally worked in the construction industry for twenty-six years.

Now he is sixty-two and drives a rental limo can. His daughter and son-in-law work, so his grandkids live with him and his wife. Once back home, he spends time playing eh them.

Lee also loves his beer and sometimes goes fishing with his friends. Such outings are dare though.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

20th April 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"My dream is to tell the entire world that there is this one brown Malay guy who exists in this world and is doing something that he loves doing. I want the world to know my music."
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Famie Suliman started his journey with music when he was fifteen - he wrote some music, played some guitar. His family was a typical conservative Malay family and he never told them about his musical interests and so they never knew about it back then.

After school he didn't go to a university but joined a band called Pinholes. That was thirteen years back and now he has achieved a fair amount of success. He has performed in Singapore, Texas and would soon be going to Canada.

To Famie, the biggest achievement so far has been performing in front of American crowd and getting their appreciation. It was not just about performing, but also his entire journey and all his struggles.

Famie is now a musician, a song writer and a performer - all of it together.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

19th April 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"My dream is to make sure my students carry forward the legacy of wood carving in Singapore. It's a difficult art and many young Singaporeans don't do it anymore."
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Born in 1950, Chai Kai Hon is respected as one of Asia Pacific's most respected wood carver. He learnt the art of Chinese carving from his father and Japanese art from a Japanese master in Japan. Now he has combined the two into his own distinct style.

Along with his partner, he also runs an evening art school where he teaches youngsters interested in the art. He often takes his proficient students with him when he visits abroad for exhibitions.

Most of his work is done based on orders. Currently he is carving two bamboo blocks with Chinese poems for bringing good luck. The piece is worth Sing $2000.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

18th April 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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I have very simple dramas and I am not at all ambitious. I want a good life for myself - a good job and good money. And I want to make sure I take care of my parents wen they get old.
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Li Ran is a twenty-six years old Student at NTU University week comes from Inner Mongolia in China.

She was the only child in the family and her parents took a lot of efforts to raise her. On her part she worked rant hard to meet their expectations. After school age studied at Nankaing University, which is one of the best in China.

She was expected to be a good girl - get a Govt job, get married and have kids. As wad expected, she then worked with the government. Her job was simple, but monotonous and boring, and she washed to explore the world outside her country and so came to study at Singapore.

After college she wants to get a job in Singapore and work with big international company in communications and marketing.

She kikes people from everywhere from the world, but in china I have the same people so it makes sense to be here.

Right now Li is single and has been like this for a while. If she gets into a relationship, she would like it to be a crazy one.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

17th April 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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I want to contribute to promote peace in the world. I think it starts with yourself first. I would also like to get promoted to a good position and work on reducing corruption in Indonesia."
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Bisara Manurung works with the Indonesia airforce and currently studying at NTU in Singapore about strategic studies sponsored by his employers. In Indonesia he works on Internal security and airspace intelligence using radar, aircrafts and so on.

He originally comes from North Sumatra and his ethnicity is Batak. There are about three hundred tribes in Indonesia and Batak is one of the more common ones.

He is forty and unmarried. He has been in a relationship with a Chinese woman back home for the last eight years. He has been trying to convince her parents to agree to their marriage but they want to marry her to a rich guy and he makes limited money with air force. Currently his mother is helping him as well in this, especially talking to her parents.
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This is a part of a 365 days project to collect dreams and I call it 'Tell me your Dream'. One dream, each day.

It's an open initiative and everyone is welcome to share a portrait with a story for a feature here. The portrait could be yours or a stranger. You can mail me at connect@siddharthajoshi.com. Or tag me in an image and we can take it forward from there.

16th April 2015
3w

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