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What is your dream?
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"I dream of going back to Kerala and start farming near the backfields and re-live the life that I lived when I was a kid. Right now I am in Pune as I need to earn money to pay for the loan I took to buy the land there."
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Subhash Nair was born in a small village by the famed back waters near Kottayam in Kerala. His mother invested in poultry but lost all money due to which they had to leave the village and shift to a city.

Due to lack of money at home he left studies after 12th grade and joined a restaurant as a cashier. A few years back his brother got a contract to start a South Indian restaurant in the Mumbai Pune expressway and he moved from Kerala to help him out.

In the last few years he bought a flat, got married and also bought land in Kerala, almost all by himself. Right now he makes a living by working in a cafe.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
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What is your dream?
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"My dream is to be the best in what I do. Currently I stitch clothes, so I want to be the best at it. If I pick up another profession in future I would like to excel at that as well."
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Vijay Chauhan came to Pune about fifteen years ago from his village near the India Nepal border to look for work. His father was a farmer but he had started stitching clothes in his village along with his elder brother.

Initially he also got his wife with him, but then she had to go back home at the time of delivery as there was no other woman to take care of her. She now lives in the village and Vijay visits his family once every year.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
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What is your dream?
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"I do not dream of anything. I am at the fag end of my life and now do not see a point of any desires. All I want now is to be happy, and to give happiness to my husband who is bound to his chair."
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Usha has some phenomenal memories from her childhood days. She remembers a dream where she has wings and she flies in the sky and saves her younger sister by pulling her out of a deep well.

She grew up at Lord Clive's house in Cuddlore, Tamil Nadu, which was believed to be haunted. No ghost was found and the family ended up falling in love with it. She also lived in Maharashtra and that too on the beaches there.

Usha got married after finishing MSc, and didn't want to study at all after that. However her mother-in-law insisted that she should do Phd and so she studied even more and built a career studying viruses at National Institute of Virology.

She is now settled in Pune and lives with her husband.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
2d

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What is your dream?
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"My dream is to have a drum in every single house because without rhythm there is no life. The drum could be anything - people can make one, buy one, or paint one. It should be done for just the fun of it.

However, drums also have a much larger role to play. It will set people free, it will make them happy, it will also make them more tolerant. And drums will also make them use parts of their brains which are not generally used."
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Varun comes from a very musical family, both his parents sang and played musical instruments. He found his passion in percussion instruments and it became an important part of his life from the time his parents bought him his first drum set when he was fairly young.

He tried out multiple things, including psychology, but drums were always with him. He was initially more driven towards performances and stage shows till the time he met his mentor, who helped him see a very different side of drumming. Varun could then see the confluence of drumming and psychology and realised how it could be used also for therapy.

Now he has a startup called Taal Inc which does all this and more. He feels passionately about spreading the message of love and peace which comes with drumming. His choice of drums is Djembe.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
4d

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I have the same dream always - I dream of this space, this house, but the elements around the space changes. The house has a living room with three sides made of glass, and the other side opens into a courtyard. It's the elements around the house which keep changing - it could be my school, my design school, a bridge from a movie that I recently saw, or something really bad and negative. The dreams are not always happy, and when they are bad I get really stressed and want to get up, but can't.

The dreams are often things that I loved or I want, but are also shaped by the experiences around me. And yes, I do want to build the house that occurs in my dreams. I can make a plan for it right away..."
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Shilpa grew up in a school which she loved, especially her friends, so much that she forced her mother to stay back in town so she could keep studying at the same place, even when my father got transferred. However, it was actually the time she spent at IIT Bombay which was the biggest influence in her life. The space, the city and the people all helped shape her.

She calls herself a control freak, but that often means just giving advice. She likes knowing everything that's going on around her. Currently she queries with Verizon in Bangalore.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
5d

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I think what I have is more of a vision than a dream. It's something that I am seeking for myself in life. I am looking for a unison of who I am and what I do. I would like there to be no differentiation in what I do (personal/ professional life and more) and who I am. We can understand this better by taking Gandhi as an example - he was a person, a way of life and he almost lived himself in his life.

It's a difficult concept to both understand and explain, but this is what I am seeking." One is Manoj's influential childhood memory is that of his teacher giving him lessons on sustainability using interesting real life metaphor. He was just 12 at the time but these sessions changed him in a permanent way; he started looking a piece of paper as a branch of a living tree and valued it much more.

He experimented later with college politics only to realise that it's all a reflection of life and you could be friends even with different political ideologies. Politics is not bad, it's essential for us.

He now works as an independent design consultant, but his search in life continues...
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
6d

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What is your dream?
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"I dream of earning lots of money and live a very comfortable life. I want to live like the wholesale traders in the market who just buy and sell goods. It's such a good life to have a desk job like that, you don't have to worry about earning money every single day."
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Moolchand urf Ballu comes from the town of Bhatapara but is now settled in Raipur, Chhattisgarh and works as a driver with a private taxi provider. He is 28, has a wife and a small daughter.

Ballu hated his name always and changed it very early on. In fact the last time his original name was used was on his wedding card. Despite being in love with a woman, they decided to separate due to caste differences.

Ballu studied till tenth but then didn't got bored and tried many different things including plumbing, electrical work, car repairing and many more. Finally his friend taught his driving and he has been a driver for the last five years. However he is bored of his job, of driving endlessly on the same straight road.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
7d

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What is your dream?
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"When I was young I used dream of joining the military, or at least the police. However, due to family challenges be had to leave school and start working on the field. Now I have one daughter and I am looking forward to a son and I dream for him to join the military and fulfill my dream."
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Machindar Goswami comes from a small village called Mangalbeda near Solapur in Maharashtra. I met him in Sirpur while he was on a six month religious tour of the country with his extended family. His travel was pretty amazing - the entire family walks on foot and stays in small villages on the way, for food they request the fellow villagers and just sleep in the open.

They had already visited Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and were now on their way back home.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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.

22nd January 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015
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What is your dream?
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"My dream is to make sure that my daughter gets the best possible education so that she can choose the best possible career to herself. We have never put pressure on her to pick a career, we only want to empower her to pick the best for herself."
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Roshni Mishra currently works at the Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum, but her life's journey has been very inspiring. More than two decades back when she decided to marry the man of her choice, her family disowned her. Her husband was a huge support (she calls her husband the most amazing man ever) and she started working. A long illness and a child later she did her masters which equipped her for the job at the museum.

Currently she uses her expertise to help out the curious tourists who have many questions about the sculptures. Her family has still not completely owned her.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
1w

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What is your dream?
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"I don't know how to answer this question, no one has asked me this before. I think my dream is to provide well for my family, especially my kids, and live harmoniously with the community."
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We met Ravi Patel in a sweets shop in Raipur while we were on an early morning hunt for samosas. It was later that I learnt that he actually ran a hardware store and had come to this shop just to meet us travelers.

Originally from Gujarat, he moved to the city three decades ago to make his small fortune, and he is now settled here for good.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
1w

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of serving the state and serving the nation. I have absolutely no other dream since I have started the training for Reserve Police. To me my wife also comes next to the rifle. I would rather lose my life in service than do anything else."
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Daroga Yadav comes from a small village near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He has been training for the Reserve Police since he was eighteen and now he considers this to be the only life for him. He does visit home every year, but his heart stays with his brethren in the force. Right now he is undergoing training in Chhattisgarh, but he could be anywhere in the country after that.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
2w

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Sharing the dreams of Ramvilas, Jaidev, an unnamed traveler and Rekha. Go check out their inspiring and uplifting stories, they will surely make you dream as well :)
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Thank you guys for making such amazing contributions. Keep sharing more dreams and keep tagging :)
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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.
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  •   prateekdevta Is that a wrong hashtag? Shouldn't it be dreams? 2w
  •   cinnmint Uff uff! What imagery.. Lovely stories.. 2w
  •   siddharthajoshi @prateekdevta yup! Corrected :) 2w
  •   prateekdevta Thanks, I like checking them on one place regularly 😀 2w
  •   shraddhachavanke Amazing initiative @siddharthajoshi !!! Wud love to add my little substance of poetry...I hope u like it here it goes... I sleep in the clouds dream in the sky
    I will keep dreaming as life passes me by
    I think my dreams keep me sane
    I dream of happiness.
    A life without pain
    Some people say I am stuck in this place
    And will never go anywhere
    But in my dreams I have already been there
    I am safe in my closed eye wonderland
    This poem goes to all the dreamers that understand
    No matter what they say....
    Keep your dreams...
    But don't dream your life away....! 1w
  •   siddharthajoshi @shraddhachavanke fantastic Shraddha! I loved it :) you are quite a poet :) 1w

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I have a very simple dream. I have two kids - one son and one daughter. My son wants to be a doctor and my daughter wants to be in the police. My dream is to help them both realize their dream."
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Prasad currently works as a cook at Government guest house in Sirpur, Chhattisgarh and hates the days when he is given the task of peeling potatoes or cutting onions for the entire day. I appreciated this better when he told me that he has done MA in Political Science and this was a temporary job till he finds something better.

He comes from the Naxal infested area of the state and has actually witnessed their training also. He is not in favour of their violent means, but not as opposed to their philosophy. His family stays there itself and his wife is the supervisor of Aanganwadi there.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"I am so old so right now that I would rather have a dream for you. I dream that you live a very happy and successful life, and that you take care of the people in your life."
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Phekan Bai Patel comes from a tiny village called Arang in Chattisgarh. She has three sons and three daughters-in-law and one daughter who is still unmarried, and so a major cause of worry. She is now just waiting for her death as she thinks earth is calling her, she also thinks her sons are waiting for her die.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"I dream of a big big family - my family, my in-laws, maybe ten or twelve kids and many animals, all living together in a farm somewhere outside the city. I know I can't have so many kids, so I will adopt, but I do want them all."
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Neha has had quite a life, mostly that of a rebel. She moved out of Lucknow at a very early age and moved to Mumbai to start life afresh. In Mumbai she studied event mgmt and also worked alongside, trying out media, yoga and traveling alongside. She met her husband while they both had left their corporate lives and then started a book cafe to bring people together.

Being a rebel is an essential part of her personality - she got married at a time when her family was convinced that she would always stay single, and now when her in-laws had given up the hope of grand-kids, she wants many of them.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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 January 2015
2w

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of a future for me where I spend every waking minute thinking about expanding work, generating revenue and doing new things. To start with I plan to do some exciting work on a new medical technology and something in transportation design, as that's my design discipline."
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To Mahesh the biggest influence in his life has been the three years he spent at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, especially his relationship with his girl friend there. She came from a business family and influenced him to think the way he thinks now. They have both moved on now, though he still looks forward to a partner who can think business with him so that they can use their time effectively together.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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.

15th January 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"I dream of owing a four-wheeler now. I have been riding an auto for almost eighteen years now, and its very uncomfortable for my back. With a four-wheeler I can travel far and wide. I will take an all India permit and take passengers through the country. My preferred car brand is surely Maruti and I think I will but a Dzire and make it into my taxi."
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Tulsiram Mane comes from a village near Hadapsar, but now settled in Pune with his wife, daughter and son. He was a dropout from school and for years wasted his time doing nothing till he started working with a tailor. He was bored in three years and decided to buy an auto as some of his friends were already in the business. Now he has his own auto.

He is very keen to see both his kids study. He wants his daughter to take up a job before she gets married; he does not want them to live a life like his own.

When he has time, they go for picnics to various parks in the city.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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.

14th January 2015
2w

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of working in the area of education for children, especially children in the rural parts of the country. I would actually start from Uttar Pradesh as that is the state that I understand the best. I will start it with a pilot project in one village with my own funds and then see how to take it forward. I think I will be ready with a plan and also initial funds by the time I am fourty."
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Sonakshi has lived a comfortable life most of her life, but there was one phase when her dad was without salary for one whole year. Her mother was completely dependent on her father for financial support, and during this time she and her needs suffered the most. It was at this time that Sonakshi's mother told her to be an independent woman, especially financially.

Now she works as a designer making products that is feels deeply committed and connected to. She loves the independence that money has given her, and makes sure that her mother also gets to be a part of it.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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.

13th January 2015
2w

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What is your dream?
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"I have a more personal dream, I want to bring all happiness to my family - my parents, wife and one daughter. However, to get them happiness I need a lot of money. They won't be happy just by my presence, but need more than that. They need money."
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Prem Patel is Prakash's brother-in-law (I wrote about him in an earlier post) and they live together in Pune. He came here with Prakash and currently work in his shop only, however in near future he wants to have his own shop. For now he serves the tea that Prakash makes.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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.

12th January 2015
3w

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What is your dream?
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"I have this dream from my childhood, and I still dream about it. My father had to move out of his ancestral village decades ago due to lack of education facilities and unfortunately things have not improved there even now. I want to go back to the village and work on making it completely self-sustainable - everything that the village consumes or needs should come from the village itself. We have our ancestral house there and I would love to restore it back to its original glory.'
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Dr Rashmi is an absolutely phenomenal woman. Years ago when she was working at an ICU, a case changed the course of her life and made her take up challenges that most others won't even consider. A young girl of five was burnt with kerosine by her own father and admitted with serious burns. She still survived and was on path to slow recovery when the family demanded that the girl be taken off ventilator support. As a doctor she was torn between choices, but was forced to do as the family demanded. She took off her off the ventilator support and saw her gasping for air and slowly die. She realized that behavior change was needed more than anything else to make an impact. She resigned the next day and moved to Public Health.

After her masters she worked in diverse areas like HIV, Trainings of front-line Healthcare workers and so on. Now she works in the domain of Maternal and Child care and helps save lives every single day.
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This is a part of an project that I have started to collect dreams. 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.

11th January 2015
3w

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