How would you describe yourself?
“I’m a good laugher, I laugh a lot.”
“I come from the Chodari caste, the farmer caste. But my father was a carpenter, I learnt the trade from him.”
“When I’m carving out the pieces for the French-style Lille armchair, I look at a block of mango wood and visualise how many parts I can get out of it. I try to get 15 parts out of one plank without wasting any of the wood.”
“On my days off, when I go back to my village, I love to drive a tractor. Just for fun. I’m from the farmer caste remember,” he exclaims as though it makes perfect sense. “It’s in my genes.”
Sohan, carpenter, 30