‘Whatever I earn goes’

How an Indian wedding photographer and video editor manages his monthly costs.

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[Jawahir Al-Naimi and Muaz Kory/Al Jazeera]
[Jawahir Al-Naimi and Muaz Kory/Al Jazeera]

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Name: Arijit Khan

Age: 35

Occupation: Video editor for a local Hindi language news channel and part-time wedding photographer

Lives with: Wife Sakhi, 32, and twin sons Ahan and Suhan, 4

Lives in: The family lives in a three-room house in Howrah, a city in West Bengal, India.

Monthly household income: Arijit, the sole earner in the family, earns 17,000 Indian rupees ($208) a month but due to loan repayments deducted from his pay cheque, he takes home 12,370 Indian rupees ($151).

In October, Arijit earned an additional 7,000 Indian rupees ($86) from a wedding photography assignment and the month’s total income came to 19,370 Indian rupees ($237). The median salary in India is 29,400 rupees ($360) per month.

Total expenses for the month: 18,520 rupees ($227)

Source: Al Jazeera