In 1979 I came to Mumbai from my village in Karnataka. I had studied till the 7th standard in a Kannada school. Our family’s financial condition was very bad. So my mother told me to go to Mumbai to earn some money to help the family. I came here and started working in a hotel. I was on good terms with the hotel owner. They treated me like a family member and insisted that I join school. I completed my graduation while still working in the hotel. I studied and slept on the hotel’s porch. I worked for eight years in the hotel till my graduation. After graduation I started working with a plumber as a supervisor. He used to give me Rs 3,000 per month. I continued staying at the hotel till I got a police job.