I can do it on my own! – Well… no.

I firmly thought I could organise everything alone. But then I called a women at the local government to inquire about a story. She asked me to speak Hindi, and when I replied I couldn’t, she hung up. I wanted to write about a man in the slum Dharavi who gives classes in acting and dancing. Many of his students went into Bollywood and a lot of media organisations already spoke to him, so he asked for money. And I heard about the Dabbawallas, who collect home cooked food in lunch boxes and bring them via bicycle, train and handcart to the office workers – but I couldn’t get hold of the organisation.

Prachi, my stringer

So I employed Prachi, a local stringer. It was the first time for me I asked a freelance journalist to contribute to my storys. It was a good experience! She made all the above possible, because she knows whom to ask and how to talk to them. She could also translate for me. Plus it is much more fun to go around in the city when you have someone to talk to and share the meal with. Thanks!

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