All cities have workers, but workers belong in Mumbai. Delhi has its politics; Kolkata, its Communists; Chennai, its provincialism; but only Mumbai, its workers. The stories in this magazine might be drawn from the present, but could as well have been located at any point in Mumbai’s long and turbulent history. We see how far a single skill can go, how this city continues to be crafted and imagined by its lifeblood, its workers.
These stories reveal how people at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum interact and negotiate with the city. The idea is also to make the reader critically reflect on how due to exclusionary practices the city gets appropriated by a particular class of citizens, leaving a huge chunk of people to develop their own strategies to challenge the dominant socio-economic and political forces impacting their lives.