"I come from the slums of Mumbai. My mother used to work as a domestic help, even though she was qualified to be a teacher - because we had to make ends meet and my father's a driver.
The area I live in is very unsafe, and every monsoon there's water logging inside our house. I have a landlord that creates trouble for us more often than not, and my parents can't even leave me alone at home ever, because they're scared that something will happen to me. But it doesn't bother me.
When I step out, there are some people that respect me for who I am, but there are also some that judge me - purely because of where I live. I remember once in my college, our head of department pulled me and 2 others girls out. And although he didn't have bad intentions, he told us that we had to work extra hard if we wanted to get out of the conditions we were living in.
I don't need the world to tell me, everyday I'm reminded of where I come from. But I know one thing for sure… it doesn't matter. I'm a topper in my college, I've worked hard to be at par with everyone who's come from a privileged background.
My parents work day and night to give me the best that they can. So I'd say that where I come from is more my strength than my weakness. It's a testament that my parents have given me a roof over my head, food to eat and a great life to live. And I don't even for a second, want to complain about it.
I've just finished my BMS and want to pursue an MBA. I want to go to the best college, and get a good job. So I'm working everyday, saving each penny. And even though it's hard for me, even though it's going to take long, I know I'll get there."
Humans of Bombay, Fb
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