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Human of Bombay Founder Shares Her Story: ‘We Have Paid for Surgeries, Education’

The Humans of Bombay page covers a mixed bag of stories that best emulate the spirit of the Maximum city. Credits: Instagram/ Karishma Mehta

The Humans of Bombay page covers a mixed bag of stories that best emulate the spirit of the Maximum city. Credits: Instagram/ Karishma Mehta

Founder and first human at the popular Humans of Bombay page has opened up about her eight year journey since starting this venture.

Eight years ago, a page on Facebook called Humans of Bombay made its digital debut. The blog, complete with wholesome and moving real stories, was the voice of Mumbaikars they didn’t know they needed. The popularity of all digital platforms of Humans of Bombay remains uncontested, but it is the stories that set it apart. Founded by Karishma Mehta, the page covers a mixed bag of stories that best emulate the spirit of the Maximum city. In the process of capturing the quirk of the city, the blog has explored phenomenal stories of the people of Mumbai, formerly Bombay. The posts hit the spot, with several of them going viral. After eight years of collecting chronicles from all corners of Mumbai, Mehta is now opening up about her own journey. A gamut of human emotions — stories of love, healing, humble roots, strength, grit, shades of jugaad — all covered under one umbrella. Mehta, who strongly believes that the key to India’s soul is its people, shares that listening to their stories changed her in a way that nothing else has.

“I was 21 when I founded Humans of Bombay and through these 8 years, I’ve had what seems like multiple MBA courses simultaneously. But sluicing through the myriad of business, finance, and the whole schbang, the one invaluable skill we have honed is the art of storytelling,” says Mehta during an interview, excerpts of which are posted on her own page.

It all started when Mehta came across the uber-popular Humans of New York page on Facebook by photographer Brandon Stanton. It made sense to Mehta, who did not find any similar photo blog about Mumbai. Thus Humans of Bombay’s inception. The blog started off on Facebook, but has now shifted in its own home, humansofbombay.in.

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In addition to storytelling, Humans of Bombay raises funds via crowd-funding links. Mehta recalls how sharing the story of one Ali Bhai led to the page raising Rs 23 lakh overnight. After readers were asked to contribute for his 23 years of suffering in prison, the response was overwhelming.

A few days ago, the book ‘Ordinary People Extraordinary Stories’ authored by Mehta was launched by Dia Mirza.

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first published:November 25, 2021, 18:34 IST