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These Beautiful Photos Double-Expose Working Class Mumbaikars With Their Dreams

City of dreams, indeed.

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Athul Prasad, an aspiring photojournalist and media student, started a project through which he aimed to showcase a snippet of Mumbai's working class. The project, which was first published on National Geographic Traveller, features photos of Mumbaikars from different walks of life, double exposed to an image of their dreams. "The people that make the city come here with a million dreams. That was the thought process behind the story. Double exposure was just a medium to convey the message," Prasad told BuzzFeed. Below each image is a quote from its subject.

Sathyanarayan, photographer.

“The Taj hotel is beyond majestic. Someday I hope to get in."
Athul Prasad

“The Taj hotel is beyond majestic. Someday I hope to get in."

Amardeep, dhobi.

“All my life, I detested the concept of education. Today, I detest myself for the same reason. I am one of the few fathers in the world who want my children not to follow my example. I didn’t have a choice in life. They should.”
Athul Prasad

“All my life, I detested the concept of education. Today, I detest myself for the same reason. I am one of the few fathers in the world who want my children not to follow my example. I didn’t have a choice in life. They should.”

Mumtaz, motor woman.

“I drive 365 days a year. My kids are getting older. If I drive the Mumbai-Pune Intercity Express, I’ll get more time with my family.”
Athul Prasad

“I drive 365 days a year. My kids are getting older. If I drive the Mumbai-Pune Intercity Express, I’ll get more time with my family.”

Ramesh, fisherman.

“In a train, about seven years ago, policemen came and demanded my ID card. Those chaps then took away ₹15,000 that I’d saved up for my family back home. That just fired me up more to become a cop.”
Athul Prasad

“In a train, about seven years ago, policemen came and demanded my ID card. Those chaps then took away ₹15,000 that I’d saved up for my family back home. That just fired me up more to become a cop.”

Arjun, dabbawala.

“I like how my job takes me to places like Walkeshwar and Bandra every day. Someday, I’ll be the one opening my door to a dabbawala here."
Athul Prasad

“I like how my job takes me to places like Walkeshwar and Bandra every day. Someday, I’ll be the one opening my door to a dabbawala here."

Raju, hustler.

“While you put on a suit and go to an office for work, I put on my saree and go on the streets for my work. That’s my outfit.”
Athul Prasad

“While you put on a suit and go to an office for work, I put on my saree and go on the streets for my work. That’s my outfit.”

Ramesh, taxi driver.

“I don’t plan on buying a car at the moment. Maybe an i10 sometime in the future. This city has no parking space anyway.”
Athul Prasad

“I don’t plan on buying a car at the moment. Maybe an i10 sometime in the future. This city has no parking space anyway.”

Bhakti, college student.

“Name, fame and Bollywood. I’ll get there someday.”
Athul Prasad

“Name, fame and Bollywood. I’ll get there someday.”

Mohammed Sadiq, pav seller.

“I hope I get to open a bakery someday and earn enough for the food and books to keep my four kids happy. Plus, the Mumbai weather is unbearable to work outdoors.”
Athul Prasad

“I hope I get to open a bakery someday and earn enough for the food and books to keep my four kids happy. Plus, the Mumbai weather is unbearable to work outdoors.”

Sidhant, school kid.

“I don’t want to be like any other cricketer. I’m going to be the next Sidhant Jaiswal. And by the way, if you click my photograph, will I get to play at Wankhede?”
Athul Prasad

“I don’t want to be like any other cricketer. I’m going to be the next Sidhant Jaiswal. And by the way, if you click my photograph, will I get to play at Wankhede?”

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