Hastaram, 22 – sander.
Hastaram actually means ‘laughing man’. But when we talk to Hastaram, we soon learn he’s a serious character. He laughed when we asked to take his photograph though.
“My friend and my uncle taught me how to sand by hand. I never use machines. Sanding by hand is much better, particularly for hand-carved pieces – machines don’t understand how to protect the detailing. You have to be very aware of what you’re doing with sanding, there’s no going back.”