She lives in a rented slum, persistently and consistently stitching her broken life from the last seven years, after her husband’s sudden death. Her little sanctum is always flooded with pieces of clothes, waiting in great anticipation to get a new form. She is not only known for her skill, but also for establishing and maintaining relationships with her clients. She is survived by two sons and one daughter. She asked me, whether she should wear a sari for the picture. I said it’s OK. She is the living example of indomitable soul.

Second hand bookstore in Mumbai

Let’s talk books.It has now become a weekend routine to visit this 58-year-old second hand bookshop, which always seduces me to buy a few of them lying there to be taken away, sit in the garden next to it, to be with myself and to cherish the nature and most importantly to get away from the chaos and madness which is part and parcel of our life. 20160818_135041j20160818_135301

Uday the shop owner(sitting on the chair) says, “Nobody goes away empty-handed from our shop.” He will also recommend you some great books available in the stock. You can also return the book and get back the half of the money you paid for the book. So, next time when you pass by Matunga, don’t forget to visit this little sanctum.

–Krishna Shivkumar yadav