How long were you in Delhi?
It’s been seven years since I moved here. I am from Patna in Bihar. In between, I moved to Pondicherry for a Master’s degree in ecological and environmental science. In 2010, I came back to Delhi and started my career.
Why did you choose to move to Delhi when you left Patna?
After my degree, I decided to move to Delhi for training in Environmental Science. After completing my studies, I was appointed as a GHG auditor and technical expert for carbon projects with Carbon Check (Pvt) Ltd. in Johannesburg, South Africa on behalf of UNFCCC. During that period, I also visited Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Congo for projects.
What is your passion?
My passion is photography and I love doing social work. I have always been very concerned about the environment, so later, I decided to make a career out of it. I also have my own NGO, which works for the betterment of the environment and for that, I don’t get funds from the government or any other agency.
Did you enjoy your time abroad? Why did you decide to return to India?
It feels great when you move back to the place you belong to. I am a typical guy who loves being tied to his roots. Challenges here have always motivated me. Coming back to India was a good decision and I am currently working as an environmental manager for the Ahmedabad metro project.
What do you miss the most about home?
Home is home, I miss my parents and my family. I left Patna because of its lack of opportunities. Delhi, though, is like my second home. I have lots of friends to hang out with here and it’s a great place to work in.
What were your thoughts when you moved to Ahmedabad?
I want this project to be successful.I want to work to the best of my ability and give as much as I can back to society. I have had a lavish life with every comfort and facility I could have wished for, but I have always wanted to share my good fortune with others.
City Seekers: A series on migrants in urban India.