In Kerala we met with Phoban and his friends working in a café. They were working in Varkala, a tourist destination along the coast of the Arabian Sea, some 30 kilometers from Trivandrum.
They worked at the café for long hours washing dishes and making juice for the tourists. When we met them, the owner of the café had not paid them the promised salary of 5,000 rupees a month. They had no money to buy soap, toothpaste, and other basic necessities. They were unable to contact their families since they had no money to recharge their mobile phones.

Phoban is originally from an interior village in Arunachal Pradesh. His whole village moved to Namsai to be closer to schools, markets, hospitals and job opportunities. He and a friend approached
Santosh, a seasoned migrant from the Assam – Arunachal Pradesh border, to facilitate their journey.
We followed Phoban to his home in Arunachal Pradesh where his wife and parents live. They all belong to the Nokte community. Despite the hard life as a migrant, Phoban was now getting ready to go to Goa for another stint of work.

In Kerala we also met with a number of young Mizo women who worked in the spa department of tourist hotels.
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