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What is your dream?
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"My dream is to be able to continue to contribute to the society. Currently I do it by bringing smiles to the children who are born with cleft lip, and I want to continue doing it."
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Every year about 35,0000 children are born with cleft lip in India and Dr Jyotsna Murthy brings smiles to them and to their families, quite literally. Cleft lip a medical condition where the upper lip is split on one or both sides of center and is often associated with Cleft Palate.

She is a Patel originally from Anand, Gujarat and went into medical school just because she liked Biology over other subjects. However, very soon she realised that she liked plastic surgery and working with and for children, as they always 'make your day'.
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Jyotsna's husband is originally from Andhra Pradesh and a disciple of Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry so they settled in Chennai about a decade back to be close to the Ashram. Now she works as a surgeon with a medical college where can also treat many patients for free. Bringing back smiles to as many kids as possible has now become a mission of her 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.

29th August 2015
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siddharthajoshi Just a temple video from Chennai...I city I love more and more with every single visit! 3d

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of getting married and have my own home and family. I also want a good job so that I can earn a living."
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No one in the family of Yogesh Ankush Shitole was a wrestler but he always saw other children practising from his childhood days. Despite the lack of support from his family, he came to Pune and joined the Talim.

He is 22 now and has already spent 7 years here. His plan is to spend 2-3 years more here, win a few tournaments, earn some prizes money and then get a good job in the police force it army. With wrestling he is also studying BCom.

Yogesh has a girlfriend though it's not allowed for wrestlers to have one. However, he always takes care to take a bath before he enters an akhara. In fact, most men at the akhara are not strict 'brahmacharis'. He won't be able to marry his girlfriend as she is from a different caste and won't be accepted by his family.
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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 August 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of training the students at the Talim so that I can fulfill their wrestling dreams."
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When Maruti Kishen Warpe grew up, all he could think of was karate. He trained in karate for five years during his childhood days, and took to kushti only when he turned 15.

He started his career at Alandi town and in the first year itself played at the national level. To grow more he then moved to Kolhapur, and then to Pune so that he could also work and develop another career.

At 23, he is already retired from the sport and trains the students in kushti at the Talim, though he takes no fees for it. He runs a restaurant called 'NaMo' with another friend and hopes to expand the business further.
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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 August 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I want to become the biggest wrestler. Ever!"
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Vinod Mukutrao Dhaigude came to this Talim (akhara) when he was just 8 and at 11 he already has ambitions to conquer the wrestling world. His elder brother was also a wrestler and he is the one who sent him here.

When he came here, he took a while to adjust. He was away from home for the first time and the early days were difficult. Now he feels a part of the family and has even learnt cooking. He plans to spend 5-6 years more here and also continue his schooling in Pune.

Vinod's plan is to get married when he turns 25. He is fine with the idea of an arranged marriage but would certainly accompany his parents when they go to select a girl 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.

26th August 2015
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siddharthajoshi NEW on the blog: Portraits from rural Uttar Pradesh (link in profile)! 6d

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of becoming a big name in wrestling and become famous in my village. I want people to know and recognize me."
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Aniket Pravin Gugale is currently in twelfth grade and hopes to continue studies later also. However, he wants a career in kushti and hopes to earn money as well as fame from it.

He knows that the life as a wrestler is limited (usually mid twenties) and he plans to get married after he stops playing and start a family. Currently he doesn't have a girl friend as its not allowed to even thouch a girl if you are learning or practising pehalwani.

His father is a farmer in a village close to Pune, but it was actually his brother who inspired him to come here and learn kushti. He has been learning the skills for the last three years and already participates in kushti competitions.
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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 August 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"My dream is to fight and win a kushti tournament in the open category at the National level."
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Sandeep Dattatray Khumbar had always been fascinated with wrestling as he father himself was one. He learnt the art from his father as he grew up but didn't take it up seriously. It was only when he moved to Pune for BCom from his village near Mulshi, that he decided up join Chinchechi Talim. He has been learning kushti here for an year now.

Since he is at the Talim he has a very busy schedule. He gets up at 4am and after finishing exercises goes to college and gets back in the afternoon for more kushti sessions. He gets only about two hours of study time late in the night when everyone else sleeps.

Apart from Kushti he also enjoys Cricket and Football. He visits his parents only once in 2-3 months and considers other wrestlers as his family in Pune.
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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 August 2015
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siddharthajoshi In Maharashtra, an akhara is known as Talim. Though Kolhapur is considered the hub of kushti (Indian wrestling), Pune is also not far behind.

This week I will share stories from the oldest Talim in Pune - Chinchechi Talim. These are stories of struggles, hardships and triumph of these young men who leave their families to be a part of the Talim.
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I don't really have any specific dream. Life is alright right now and it can go on like this. I just want a peaceful life."
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When Ganesh Vasant Tundare was in grade sixth his father passed away. Since he was the only male in the family he had to leave school and start earning. He started as a laborer on construction sites where his job was to lay the tiles on the floor.

He comes from a family of shop repairers. His cousin worked at one such shop and he later joined him to learn the skills of the trade. Much later he purchased this shop where he repairs shoes and also sells new ones.

Ganesh has very few interests and he spends all his free time with his family at home. He has a son and plans to give him good education so that he can do a good job in future.
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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 August 2015
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siddharthajoshi When I interviewed Malik on 28th May 2015, he was full of energy and dreams. He shared in detail about how he once faked his own kidnapping so that he could go on a trip with his friends. His friends were all around and added all the spicy details to the story. We had all laughed together and then had a cup of tea with more stories from them all.

Yesterday I met one of his close friends who told me that Malik passed away last month due to an attack in Hubli, Karnataka. He was just twenty-six and is survived by a young wife and two year old son.

When I started collecting dreams, I never thought that a dream could be cut short like this. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Personally, I am yet to come to terms with the news. Life can be so unpredictable.

May he rest in peace.
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  •   jayantabora God bless his family. It's very sad. 1w
  •   daakternisahiba May his soul rest in peace. 1w
  •   wisephotographics I'm so very sorry to read this news. God bless and keep his family. The wonderful thing is, he was able to share his dream with you to share with us. 1w
  •   rujulbhatt Shocking bhai. God bless 1w
  •   tawfikmanham This is really sad, RIP. God give his family the strength. 1w
  •   lifeonthestreets RIP. 1w
  •   the__sweet__angel What do you mean by "attack"? 1w
  •   chinmayvaze Yeahh whatdou mean by attack ? Just concerned coz that's my home town ..sad 3d

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of becoming a good man. When I die I want people to think only good about me. My short term dream is to design and make LED boards."
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From the time he was a kid, Vishal Dhondiba Shedge has been interested in thigs that would glow in the dark. He discovered 'radium stickers' when he still in school and started making specific designs for the neighbors and earned his pocket money from it.

His father was a watchman and he had two younger sisters, so he had to leave school after twelfth grade and start working. After eight different jobs he decided to get back to his passion and opened this shop where he makes glowing car number plates, name plates and more.

Vishal is married and has an eight month old son. He loves traveling and takes his son also along whereever he goes. He also enjoys books and his current favourite is 'The Secret'.
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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.

22nd August 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of expanding my shop and open a retail shops where I can sell electric appliances like mixer, cooker etc."
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When Sunil Maruti Patil was 25 years old, he came to Pune from Pandharpur for better work opportunities. He saw a gas stove shop and pestered the shopkeeper till he had to hire him. He learnt many skills there, including electric repairing skills.

In Pandharpur he had studied till tenth grade and then worked at a distillery which made alcohol. His work was simple, but it was boring and he earned only a little money.

Now he has his own shop where he repairs electrical appliances. He lives in Pune with his wife and son and wants him to study and decide a career for himself and not join him in the repair 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.

21st August 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"What dream? Is it my age to dream now? There is nothing that I dream of anymore."
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Suresh Pophlu had a good stable job with Bajaj Motors where he used to work in the machine shop on a milling machine. However, a strike changed it all and he was thrown out of the factory.

He did odd jobs to survive. Everything he earned was spent on the marriage of his two daughters. Even though he is 70 years old now, he needs to work everyday to feed himself and his wife.

For the last two months Suresh has been working at a 'raddi/ kabadi shop'. He is the oldest working man around here, and even though he gets little salary in a month, he is happy to work as it allows him to survive.
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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 August 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I dream of staying in Pune all my life with my future wife and children."
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Six years back Gufran Khan came to Pune to meet his elder brother, but then stayed back in the city as he liked it so much. His brother was a mechanic and he learnt the skills from him and worked for three years with another mechanic.

For the last three years he has been working at a puncture repair shop. His lives with four more young guys in a small room and spends all evenings watching movies on TV with them.

Gufran has a girl-friend who lives in a village close to Pune. Their families already know about the relationship and they plan to get married after four years. His girlfriend is studying right now and plans to take up a job after finishing college.
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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 August 2015
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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I have two kids and I dream of good education and a good life ahead for them."
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Nilesh Kapse is an auto-rickshaw driver in Pune and spends most of his day on the roads. He starts his day at 7 am and takes kids to school. After that his day is spent on the road but are not rushed. He also takes a lunch break to go home and also for a while.

Life wasn't always so comfortable for him. After the 8th grade he had to leave school to earn for his family. He worked as a helper in a restaurant first and then in another office. Finally he decided to take a loan and start driving am auto.

He lives in Pune with his wife and two children. His only vice is tobacco which he eats while he waits for customers, or when he meets his friends.
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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 August 2015
2w

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"My dream is to have my own house in Pune. I also dream of working in an air conditioned office with a few people working under me and a good salary."
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Adarsh Gaikwad is 19 years old and shuffles his time between running his family's vegetables shop and college work. He is currently in first year of BA, and next year he plans to take up Geography as his major subject. He wanted to do a technical course but his father was against it, but he hopes to take up a technical job after college.

His family originally comes from a village called Pavarda near Solapur though now for him Pune is home. They still have a farms in his old village and they often go there to oversee farming.

Adarsh also loves photography. He shares the images of his friends on Facebook as well as @instagram, now. He has a simple Nikon camera and is very happy about it right 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.

17th August 2015
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  •   ilong4you Beautiful pic and narration. 2w
  •   ranjana3103 @siddharthajoshi I can't believe ppl like u exist.. In this era were ppl don't follow there own dreams..Ur work is quite impressive.. 2w
  •   bakshi.pranav Beautiful narration..an equally important part of a beautiful pic.. :) 2w
  •   leela70 His stall looks wonderfully fresh and his smile totally matches itkeep going Adarsh, hope you'll achieve what you're aiming at! 2w
  •   shru_i Love the joy on his face !! And love his smile :) 2w
  •   iclick_gau Such a beautiful picture and initiative! Sending all the best wishes to Adarsh, may his dream come true soon 2w
  •   littlebear.7545 What is this guys instagram account ? 2w

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siddharthajoshi #TellMeYourDream2015

What is your dream?
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"I want to earn lots of money so that I can buy a house and fields where I can do farming."
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Jasmant Singh is 17 years old boy from Dholpur, Rajasthan and manages his uncle's corn roasting cart in Pune. He came to the town only a month back but is already impressed by the city, especially the tall buildings. In a day he earns about Rs 1,000 and he gets to keep Rs 250, which he sends back home.

He studied till ninth grade but then had to leave school when he father passed away, as he was the eldest in the family. He did the same work in his village also, but then his uncle for him here. He now lives with his uncle.

He is currently looking forward to going home for Diwali in November. He misses his mother and younger brother who eagerly await his return.
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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 August 2015
2w

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