"I was born and brought up in a small village on the outskirts of Maharashtra -- my parents encouraged me to study hard and make something of myself. So I put my heart and soul into studying engineering, because I thought that was the right thing to do. Once I got my degree, I started a small business of retailing electronic equipment. It did well for a few years, but eventually my business failed.
My parents had gotten me married by then and we even had two kids--I had no idea what to do. But that's when my wife stepped up and pushed me through the tough times. She was the reason why we moved to this city. She took up a job as a cook -- and the only job I got here was of a watchman.
At first, I couldn't fathom working as a watchman - I was an engineer who had a successful business at one point, but slowly I realized that there's no work that's 'too small' when your family's well being is on the line. I still remember, one evening, my daughter came up to me and asked if she could start giving tuitions to the younger kids in her school, so that she could make some extra money for us.
These little things kept the family together in tough times. Over time, we were able to save money and cut our losses. Now, my daughter is pursuing a Master's in microelectronics from a top national level university and aspires to join the civil services.
My son has also followed her footsteps and is in his third year of engineering. As for me - I still work as a watchman with a lot of dignity, because I did what I had to for my family and there's no shame in that. And you know who's the proudest of me? My wife and kids -- and for me, there's no bigger achievement than that!"
Humans of Bombay
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