Amalin is Catholic and attends mass regularly. The mass is conducted in English, so she would like to be able to understand it fully. Her friends at college speak English, and she would like to improve her fluency so she can join them. Her family is originally from Tamil Nadu, and she speaks Tamil at home. Her mother is a housewife and her father is a barber in Dharavi. Amalin is a second year Commerce student at college. She would ultimately like to work in an airport as someone who greets passengers on the ticket desk.
Pradnya has two children, who are three and six years old. They attend an English-medium school, and Pradnya would like to be able to help them and to communicate effectively with teachers. Formerly Pradnya trained as a nurse, but now she has children she can’t work full time. She is looking for a part-time job to support her family. Her husband is an interior designer in Pune and stays there for 15 days at a time.
Safina is studying for her H.S.C in Science. She isn’t sure what she would like to do in the future, but she feels English is important for any path she chooses. Safina has lived in Dharavi all her life and speaks Hindi at home. She comes from a big family, and her father is a craftsmen who makes jewellery boxes from home. She has a sewing machine and enjoys making salwar kameez and other clothes in her spare time.