Pooja, the soft toy maker

A little off the city, on Mysore Road after the Kengeri township, it is hard to miss the ultra-colourful stuffed toys being sold by the kerb.

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Makers of these toys are the members of more than 20 families migrated from Naklav village, Jharkhand, a decade ago.

Their profession back home was making mortar and pestle and statues. They have made Bengaluru their home now, but sadly they do not even hold an address proof. Even after all these years, very few of their children get to attend schools. One among them is Pooja.

Pooja is ony 18, cute and shy like any other teenager of her age. Difference is, she has a four-year-old son.

Pooja’s husband passed away last year in a hit-and-run case. She finds respite in her job—that is, preparing various stuffed toys.

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About Rakesh Ayilliath 2 Articles
A software architect by profession, Rakesh Ayilliath is a photographer.