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4 years ago · 7 min read
What makes you laugh?

We half expect Shivkumar to say ‘everything’, he’s been laughing and joking from the moment we meet. But he’s far more specific. “My children,” he says. “Their laughter. If I hear them laughing, it makes me laugh too.”

4 years ago · 7 min read
Tell us about your job.

“I’m a spray man,” Dilip says, seriously. We tell him that with the gun and the name, it makes him sound like a super hero. He almost smiles. “This isn’t a toy. When I have the spray gun in my hand, I have to focus.”

4 years ago · 7 min read
How long have you been seasoning wood?

Munelal is cheeky and full of genuine cheer. We come upon him telling a story to one of his colleagues, he’s animated, and the other man is laughing. “I’ve been here for two years,” he says. “It’s a first class job. Great people, hard work,” he flexes his arms to show he’s strong. “I’ll retire […]

4 years ago · 7 min read
What do you enjoy about working with wood?

MD chuckles a little, as though a joke has been said and he’s the only one who understood the punch line. “It’s funny, you know.” He says, letting us in on the joke. “I love my job, I enjoy this kind of work.” He starts to laugh. “But I can’t stand the smell of timber!”

4 years ago · 7 min read
From fruit to furniture: the magic of mango wood.

The central building of the mango wood workshop is surrounded by an outdoor area, in which young mango trees grow. These particular trees, their leaves dusted with a fine coating of sawdust, aren’t here to be harvested. They’re a symbol for the carpenters and the carvers: men from Uttar Pradesh who honed their skills on […]

4 years ago · 7 min read
What would you like to achieve in the future?

It’s almost impossible to get Salim to speak or smile at first. He presented us with a tough exterior, but once peeled away, his softness, and not to mention, his ambition, is clear. “One day, I’d like to be a contractor, I’d like to be my own boss, to lead.”

4 years ago · 7 min read
What do you hold most importantly?

He looks up from inspecting a freshly lacquered Sullivan and rattles off a volley of instructions to his workers, before turning back to us. “It’s very simple,” he says. “Family is the most important thing in my life. Especially my children.”

4 years ago · 7 min read
Who is the funniest person you know?

Mr Rambaby is one of the shyest artisans we met. He shuffles his feet and mumbles at first. “Any of your family?” we suggest, coaxing out a response. Then we spot the flicker of a smile. “My father,” he says. “He likes to tell stories; Indian stories, from ancient times. That man is always making me […]

4 years ago · 7 min read
Tell us how you like to unwind.

“I like to watch the Hindu devotional channel. It helps me to remove all the negative thoughts from my mind and just focus on positive thoughts,” he tells us. “I want to be a clear-minded, kind-hearted person.”