"Stories from Life”
If one has to define the fundamental nature of the neo globalized world it is the mass Migration and displacement of people all over the world. The urban metropolises have become the center of any questions regarding development, economy and livelihood. My attempt in this work is to trace the different stories that lay beneath the gloss and glitter of the urban metropolis like Mumbai. The work is a series of recordings of various people and their stories who have temporarily and permanently settled in this metropolis. The large woodcuts designed like the matchbox label defines the fluidity and the impermanence of urban existence. The matchbox designs in India have a peculiar relation with the popular idea and printed imagination about modernity in India. Being a print-maker I have tried to use the language of these popular depict the stories of people I came through. I asked a set of questions to wide range of people like car drivers, security men, writers, store keepers etc. the questions were simple about their life and stay in Mumbai. Most of the people I interviewed were from outside of Mumbai. The stories and experiences which emerge break the official narratives of regionalization and localization of communities. The city or the modern metropolis is a palimpsest of stories weaved in myriad ways forming distinct narratives of the place and space.