Ajay Sharma reached Jammu 25 days before the announcement of the lockdown. He worked as a carpenter, and the curfew barred his only source of income.
Geeta Devi lived with her daughter Shivani in Ambala Cantonment for the past fifteen years. She worked as a sculptor to support her husband and provide for their daughter.
The two were construction workers in Coimbatore. Dhaniram has worked there for the past ten years, while Arjun reached five months ago.
Mohammad Mushiq found work in Nepal earlier this year as a vegetable vendor. It was through his mobile phone he first of the Covid-19 virus and faced the fear of his mortality.
Mohammad Junaid worked in Gandhinagar, Delhi as a tailor with his family of five. The impact of the lockdown occurred only after the initial extensions.
Umesh Munda worked in Hyderabad, Telangana, for the past five years. His income ranged from Rs.15,000 to Rs. 18,000 depending on the hours of overtime.
Hirawan Kumar worked at the recycling part of the assembly line at a Papermill in Tamil Nadu for the past fifteen years. He arrived and twenty-two days later the lockdown was implemented.
Mirza Afzal has spent his past two years at the reception of a clothing line in Gandhinagar, Delhi. For a family of seven, he and his father were the sole earners.
Tijabul Ansari was stranded in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir for almost a month without being able to purchase ration or earn any income. With his family worrying at home…
Sunil Prasad left Jogapatti, Bihar at the age of 22. He learned the skill of embroidery in Ludhiana that year. In 2003, Sunil moved back home with his wife and children. To feed a family of 7, he recently moved to Gurugram to work at a construction site.