Vicky Tiwari, 17, student and socks vendor on moving from Bhadohi, UP to Pune. Full interview is taken by Aashay Khandekar, local correspondent of The Indian Express.
Vicky Tiwari is the wings of a shock vendors in his 17
Do you study?
Yes, I do. I went to Maharshi Shivbratlal Intermediate School in Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. Now, I’m studying commerce at Modern College in Class XI.
Why did you come here?
We were farmers, but due to division of land among family members, we were eventually left with nothing. So I decided to move to a city in order to earn for my family.
Do you like this place?
Yes, it has been a couple of years since I came here. I love Pune because it is the first city I have seen in my life.
Where do you stay?
I live in Shivaji Nagar with my father and brother. We have a small but comfortable place. It is near my college. I attend lectures in the morning, come home, have lunch. Then I start selling socks and get home by 10 pm. My brother goes to school too.
Where is your mother?
She is in Bhadohi with a younger brother and two sisters. We go to our village once on Holi, once on Diwali.
How much do you earn?
I make a profit of Rs 300-350 a day. But the income is not fixed. We have to send a minimum of Rs 5,000 to the village every month. So, we divide the stock among us and sell them at different places in the city.
Aren’t you worried about your friends seeing you selling socks?
No, I am proud of what I do. Why should I be worried? In fact, I work really hard in order to study. My friends will be proud of me.
What is your favourite pastime?
Whenever I don't have much work to do, I gather my friends who live nearby and play cricket.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a lawyer. My dream is to wear the white knot and take up cases of poor people.