How seven Indians are tackling soaring prices

With retail inflation still over 7%, people in lower-income groups have cut back on essentials while those who are better off are prioritizing expenses.

One morning earlier this month, I ran into Savita Kumari, a security guard at a gated community in Greater Noida who works a 12-hour shift. 

A single mother of four-year-old twins—a girl and a boy—Kumari lives with her mother in Ghaziabad, not far from Delhi. At 30, she is the sole earner. With a bachelor’s degree in English, she worked at several call centres before she got married in 2015. Four years later, she separated from her alcoholic husband, after which she was hired as a housekeeping supervisor at New Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, a job that paid Rs …

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Shivani Verma

Shivani is a former writer at The Morning Context. She reported and wrote on the intersection of society, technology and business. Before that, she wrote for Yesterday, our daily news product.

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