Against all odds: Stories of motherhood that inspire us to never give up

Updated On May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

On a day that cherishes and honours motherhood, let us spare a thought for the women who have striven against all odds to protect and nurture their families. This photo feature takes us into the lives of some of these courageous mothers who have made a life of dignity for themselves and their children on the unforgiving streets of Delhi

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Forty-year-old Tarawati sells earthenware made by her husband at New Friends Colony.On a day that cherishes and honours motherhood, let us spare a thought for the women who have striven against all odds to protect and nurture their families. This photo feature takes us into the lives of some of these courageous mothers who have made a life of dignity for themselves and their children on the unforgiving streets of Delhi. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Forty-year-old Tarawati sells earthenware made by her husband at New Friends Colony.On a day that cherishes and honours motherhood, let us spare a thought for the women who have striven against all odds to protect and nurture their families. This photo feature takes us into the lives of some of these courageous mothers who have made a life of dignity for themselves and their children on the unforgiving streets of Delhi. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Ratan Devi sells items of worship near Kalkaji Temple. Widowed 25 years ago, she raised her five children on the earnings of her makeshift stall which she sets up early morning. Although she lives close to her grown up children, she does not feel their love for her as a mother. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Ratan Devi sells items of worship near Kalkaji Temple. Widowed 25 years ago, she raised her five children on the earnings of her makeshift stall which she sets up early morning. Although she lives close to her grown up children, she does not feel their love for her as a mother. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Harjit Kaur, 85, has been selling incense sticks at the traffic signal near Chiragh Delhi flyover for over two decades. A mother of four, her children have all passed away. One of her sons, who sold incense sticks along with her, died after being hit by a truck - a danger she too deals with every day. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Harjit Kaur, 85, has been selling incense sticks at the traffic signal near Chiragh Delhi flyover for over two decades. A mother of four, her children have all passed away. One of her sons, who sold incense sticks along with her, died after being hit by a truck - a danger she too deals with every day. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Mother of five children, Rayeesa has been running a roadside shop near Laal Masjid, Lodhi Road for the last forty years. According to her the world never changes for a poor person. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Mother of five children, Rayeesa has been running a roadside shop near Laal Masjid, Lodhi Road for the last forty years. According to her the world never changes for a poor person. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Sixty-five-year-old Prakashi runs a food stall in the afternoon at India Gate, and is the sole breadwinner of a family that includes four grown-up children and a disabled husband. As her daughter's impending wedding weighs upon her mind, she struggles to make ends meet to support her daughter. Despite her age, she takes pride in the fact that she is able to support her family with dignity. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Sixty-five-year-old Prakashi runs a food stall in the afternoon at India Gate, and is the sole breadwinner of a family that includes four grown-up children and a disabled husband. As her daughter's impending wedding weighs upon her mind, she struggles to make ends meet to support her daughter. Despite her age, she takes pride in the fact that she is able to support her family with dignity. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Shanti, 58, runs a small eatery at Jamia Nagar. She cooks the food by herself and she earns a meagre amount of five hundred rupees each day (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Shanti, 58, runs a small eatery at Jamia Nagar. She cooks the food by herself and she earns a meagre amount of five hundred rupees each day (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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After her husband died in1992, Omwati started selling juice at Jantar Mantar. Her earnings from selling juice have helped sustain and educate her family. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

After her husband died in1992, Omwati started selling juice at Jantar Mantar. Her earnings from selling juice have helped sustain and educate her family. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Prem Rani, 60, has been hawking embroidered cushion covers at the bustling Janpath market for the past thirty years. A mother of two, both of whom are now married and have children of their own. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Prem Rani, 60, has been hawking embroidered cushion covers at the bustling Janpath market for the past thirty years. A mother of two, both of whom are now married and have children of their own. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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Raj Rani migrated from Bihar, some thirty years ago and since then has been selling roasted corn at India Gate. On most days, she sets up her tiny stall at 7pm and is there till 11pm at night. She supplements her earnings with mineral water bottles and packaged food items. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2017 01:34 PM IST

Raj Rani migrated from Bihar, some thirty years ago and since then has been selling roasted corn at India Gate. On most days, she sets up her tiny stall at 7pm and is there till 11pm at night. She supplements her earnings with mineral water bottles and packaged food items. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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