"There is nothing impossible in life and only if you try, will you succeed."
"Namastee." I was born and brought up in Kishangarh, famous for paintings and other hand painted crafts. When I was still in school, I'd see people creating beautiful paintings. I was fascinated and wanted to learn. So, when I had time after school, I learned from an artist in my village. After graduating, I thought I could very well paint on a full time basis.
"Slowly, I started developing my paintings on utilitarian items like boxes, mirrors and small furniture. Bright colors inspire me, and most of my work uses the bright hues that are traditional in Rajasthan cultures.
"I craft wooden boxes and execute colorful paintings on them with acrylic, watercolor and poster paints. They can be used as jewelry boxes or simply as decorative boxes.
"There are many challenges I face in life, such as meeting deadlines, meeting quality expectations, etc. Once, I got an order of around a thousand boxes with short deadline. It was way beyond my capacity but I decided to take the order. This was a big challenge for me, but it was also a test of my capacity and endurance. Deep within, I knew I could do it and just needed some courage. I took support from my fellow artists and my family and, for sure, I was able to complete the order on time with the best quality. This has been one of the greatest success stories in my career. There is nothing impossible in life and only if you try, will you succeed.
"My family has been very supportive. When I have more work, they all help me. My wife has also been a big source of support for me.
"I participate in government-sponsored exhibitions and so I am able to interact with shoppers and get a lot of ideas from them. I also support a young, talented artists in my village. When I have lots of orders, I give them work and they, in turn, also receive financial help through their painting skills.
"I'm really happy, but I dream of doing more and being more successful in life. I also dream about owning my own house, and I am sure that with my dedication and hard work, I'll be able to build a house of our own for my family with my hard-earned money."