Sameena helped us a lot with the “Muskan” mural by spending hours on small details. For our last wall before we leave Mumbai, she would like us to paint the word “Trust” on the square. I’ve painted 123 words in slums of 10 different countries and it’s the first time I’m going to paint “Trust”. It’s also a great word to describe our relationship with the people of Phule Nagar.
Every afternoon the ladies gather on the bench, and chat for hours. We asked Asma to chose a word, and she came up with “Eksat” (the Hindi word for “Together”). She thought it would suit the place.
For me, the ladies’ bench is a source of inspiration since women here always wear beautiful dresses and sarees with vibrant colours. They told me I had to dress well if I wanted to have my picture taken on the bench with them. Ladies’ bench rules!
“Respect” was chosen by Abul Rahman in the slum of Phule Nagar.
This is the first wall I’ve ever painted in Tamil. Surya, a tamil woman of Phule Nagar, chose the word “Tamilan” to represent the Tamil people.
So many languages are spoken and written in Mumai. “Kushi” means “happiness” in Urdu, a language close to hindu but written with the arabic script. The word was chosen by Alt Mush.