“I could do tours again, but this is what I want... caring for animals.”
Nariman Vazifdar, 29, Mumbai
Vazifdar was happy as a tour guide, dragging foreigners across the mountains of Nepal and rivers of Bengal. But then, his employers were taken over by a larger firm as “consolidation” hit the travel business after 2008. Soon, work completely dried up. Still, he’s happier now stomping and sloshing through marshes netting reptiles for conservation, his passion. A PhD is on the cards.