‘Will our good days ever come? The Mumbai chef voting in India’s election’ | ‘What’s the value of your money?’

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Exploring the value of money through the lens of those struggling with the cost of living, we meet Manisha Santosh Kadam. At 42 years old, she works as a cook in Diva, Maharashtra, alongside her husband and children. Their 400sq-foot home lacks space, situated on a bustling street without a garden.

Manisha’s monthly income of 17,000 rupees barely covers living expenses for her family of four. Her husband’s erratic earnings as an electrician add to their financial strain. Despite their combined efforts, they struggle to make ends meet as they juggle daily expenses and repay a significant loan taken for their family farm in Manchar.

At the end of each month, Manisha is left with only a meager amount in her bank account, highlighting the challenges faced by many in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. Through her story, we gain insight into the harsh realities of making every rupee count in today’s economy.

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