A few of months back, I saw an interesting Instagram post. It was about a newly married couple engaging the services of an unusual service provider to manage their wastes, a typical side effect of Indian marriages.
I was intrigued by the organization and its novel way of addressing a very real and ubiquitous social cum environmental problem. I picked up the phone and spoke to Shekar, the co-founder of Hasiru Dala and asked him if I could do a story on his social enterprise as a part of my project ‘One Life, One Passion’. He was excited at the prospect and invited me to Bangalore. In a couple of weeks I was in the city to shoot a story on how his enterprise was trying to improve the lives of waste-pickers while addressing the problem of waste management in the urban locales.
First day of shoot started in the field. I visited three housing societies in different places in Bangalore to see the women waste-pickers in action. Speaking to them made me realize the pride and commitment these women have for the work they do for Hasiru Dala. I spoke to everyone involved in the field activities- Society housekeeping staff, driver of waste-picking truck, manager at a solid waste management center, men from Hasiru Dala’s van unit and its head of operations, Aniket Bhalerao. Aniket, as a sincere and co-operative host, took a day off from work driving me around Bangalore and patiently explaining the nitty gritties.
Next day comprised an exclusive free-wheeling chat with Shekar and his wife Nalini who heads the Nonprofit arm of Hasiru Dala. These personal interactions I get to have with passionate founders is an amazing learning and might I say unlearning experience for me, not only as a storyteller but also as a curious layman.
I returned home after 2 whole days of shooting, chatting and intellectual discussions and the video is a result of this.