Walking around Mumbai’s most iconic mill lands comes naturally to Amit Singh, whose father worked at Century Mills until it closed a few years ago. The sharp contrast of the lives of mill workers with the glitzy social life in nearby malls and lounge bars does not escape him or his friends. What he does not like is the new impression people seem to have developed about the mills. “The Shakti mills gangrape has damaged our image. It was definitely not like that before.”
What I want to be
I am doing my graduation in commerce, after which I hope to study further to get a good job. We are the first generation who will not get any mill jobs. We need to think hard of what we want to do.
My idea of India
It should develop fast and become a superpower.
We see really fancy glass offices coming up around us. But it is foolish to expect that we will work in those buildings, unless we become qualified. But to study for an MBA we need money. I will move to any city or country if I get a good job. I want a good life.
What religion means to me
It is culture and tradition.
Who I will vote for
I will vote for the Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal; it seems they will work for the common man.
What makes me angry
When people lie to me.
What money means to me
Money is sometimes nothing but sometimes it is everything. It determines our future. Even before we think of studying or eating or partying, we first check the fees and prices.
I’m most proud of
Being an Indian.
What I can’t live without
To be the king of the world.
Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw.
My best friend
Rahul and Jeetendra, who have been friends since early childhood.