Our journey explores the Konkan coastal region in Western India. It begins from Mumbai and travels down the coast upto Mangalore traversing Roha, Chiplun, the Kondhe village and Goa.
The Khule family leaves Bhandup, in Mumbai, to join Kondhe, its ancestral village.
Pen vegetable market, near Roha
On the train we meet many like Karam Bele, a recently retired employee of Bank of India who travels regularly on the Konkan line between Mumbai and Roha to see his son, who works there. In the same compartment is also Vijit who coincidently has just been employed by the Bank of India and is on his way to join work in Chiplun. Or Avinash Tripathi, a real estate consultant on the train, going to see some land with a client near Vapi which is one hour away from Chiplun near the train tracks. He feels it's going to be a great investment.
For working people like Vijay Sutar, a sculptor artist who makes a living making religious idols, the regular train service has meant he can reach clients from much further away than before. The train also serves as a working ground for many like Sunny Agarwal and Sukhveer who come down all the way from Uttar Pradesh to sell costume jewelers and trinkets.
The Khules get off the train at Chiplun station and join the rest of their family in the village of Kondhe further down the road.
For Mangalore beach lifeguard Roshan, this is hopefuly a temporary job. His friend Pratham Chandra is now going to Qatar to be a lifeguard in a hotel.