Tamil Nadu, India – For a man who loves everything about Tamil Nadu – its beaches, its history, its culture and its food – the prospect of being stuck with his handicaps in Chennai is depressing.
Even after a week on the road with a new job, he still has no idea what to do.
Weeks of being unemployed have been a big part of his life.
The first few months of his employment, he spent most of his time at home, reading and working on his laptop.
He started working as a labourer in Tamil Nadu’s coastal city of Vizag, in the southern part of the state.
Then, a few months after his first job, his employer moved him to another part of Vizagarh, near the coastal city, which was not so close to the sea.
A few months later, his second job was the same as his first.
He has not been working in the city for a year and a half.
After his second contract expired, he took a job in the nearby city of Bijnore.
It was here that his first wife, Anand, was born.
At the time, Anan was a young woman who had moved to the southern coastal city from the capital city of Chennai to pursue her career in the medical and nursing field.
In the last few months, he has been working on the family farm.
“I am in a bit of a dilemma,” he said.
With little choice, he decided to stay in the family home, in a town in the south-western part of Chennai, and spend his evenings and weekends working on it.
On a recent afternoon, he found himself at a small wooden shack in a village near the village of Kollam.
When he came to, he could not find his new job.
For months, his wife, who was now in her early 30s, had been looking for work.
She was not sure what to expect.
While she had been on the job, she had worked on the farm for two months.
But when she started looking for a job at a nearby firm, she did not find any.
There were many opportunities.
Once, she got a call from a recruitment agency.
They wanted to see her.
She said she had the right to choose what to get.
Her job was at a farm-based service firm, which did not want her to be there.
Anan was working on a dairy farm at the time.
His wife said, “We do not know what this company does, and we are afraid of going to them.
They are doing something for us and we do not want that.
I am worried that we will be taken care of by them.”
The day after Anan received the call, the agency told him that they were looking for someone to work in their office.
This was the last straw for him.
That was the moment he realized he was stuck.
Within two weeks, he had left the family house.
Now, he said, he did not know where to go.
On the back of his motorcycle, he kept on heading south, hoping to find work elsewhere.
Despite the fact that his wife and children had been told to look for jobs, he was not happy with the state of the farm.
He started going to small villages and towns along the coast and finding workers who had the experience and skills that he lacked.
Eventually, he went to Chennai to visit a factory that was doing some construction work in a small village.
One day, he saw a group of women working on some construction equipment.
From that day on, he worked at a factory in Chennai for a month and a day, getting paid around Rs. 6,000 a month.
To keep himself afloat, he sold the construction equipment he had bought and bought a truck.
He made around Rs 10,000 from the truck.
Over the next year, he would earn around Rs 20,000.
Soon, he started working on more construction projects.
By this time, he realized that he was living in a place that was not ideal for him to live.
Instead of making money, he wanted to be closer to his family.
Every day, I would wake up, eat, shower, go to work, and go home.
As time went on, his income grew and grew.
Each day, it became harder and harder for him not to think about the future.
Finally, in March 2017, he left the state to work for a small company in Chennai, hoping that this would lead to a better life for him and his family in the future, but his hopes were dashed by a series of bad news.
My husband was killed