Hariram worked as a mason worker in Bansa, Uttar Pradesh before moving to Vadodra for higher waged labour work. The news of the pandemic took him by surprise.
Nandlal worked at an export company performing labour tasks for the past six years in Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu. At the announcement of the lockdown, he did not understand the severity of the virus at first.
Pankaj Yadav worked in Thane, Mumbai doing sewing work. His company was one of the few that was allowed by the government to run operations as they manufactured masks.
Mohammad Fahim is a daily wage labourer making slippers in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was earning a fair amount when the lockdown was implemented.
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.
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.
Saddam Hussain heard about the virus first during his visit to the village for festivities. He returned to Hyderabad three days before the announcement of the lockdown.
Rahul Maurya spent six years working on the assembly line at JBM in Mathura. He was well-informed about the virus because he remained updated through his smartphone.
Niyaz has been in Bhupalapalli doing embroidery work for Rs. 700 a day as opposed to Rs. 1,000 a week in Barabanki. The working environment was stable until the lockdown.