The seed for Rest Of My Family was sown in 2010 when Akshatha and Piyush decided to dedicate
their lives to art and philosophy and find ways to bring both disciplines together to do socially
relevant work. After graduating from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka with B.Tech
degrees in 2008, they worked for two years in the corporate world before realizing that their calling
lay else where.
In 2010, Piyush decided to learn and use documentary photography as his medium of expression,
and Akshatha chose writing as her medium on this journey.
Between 2010 and 2013 while they were on the journey of taking an emotion and an initial idea of
combining art and philosophy to achieve socially relevant work into something real and practical,
Piyush worked on various independent photography, fiction and non-fiction films, Akshatha
explored her tryst with writing as a journalist with The New Indian Express.
During this period they both started traveling to rural and tribal communities as frequently as their
resources allowed them to. They started sharing their findings through photo-stories. They initially
thought that writing about social-issues would draw attention of those who have resources to make
a difference to the lives of the ignored sections of rural and tribal society.
But over time they were convinced that writing/documenting alone seldom results in a constructive
impact on the individuals and communities that are being written about. They knew that they had to
They had to do more because as they travelled and lived with far flung families and communities
and received all the love, care and protection from people who were strangers until that point, they
were convinced that all social and cultural walls and structures that separate man from another man,
one family from another family, one culture from another culture are a human construct and don’t
“It is crucial to understand that the whole of humanity is one big family but somehow, over time,
we have lost that connection with one another. Our struggle for individual survival has taught us to
draw a circle of 'me and my' around us and we consider only certain people, places and things as
our own. By the very design of this paradigm, the rest of the people, places and things in this world
fall outside this circle of love and compassion. And, in this societal race of securing more resources
for ourselves and our loved ones, most of us have forgotten our relationship with one another at
large. There are some of us that have fallen out of everybody's circle of 'my' or have been left too
far behind in the race to survive. This project is an attempt to connect back, re-discover our
relationship with and understand our responsibility towards the larger family that we are a part of --
the rest of our human family. Hence, the name 'Rest of My Family'.”
- Piyush Goswami