When you were a child, what career path did you dream of? A doctor? A rock star? A surgeon? An astronaut? Whatever it was, the reality for most of us is that the jobs we've ended up doing are far from the best jobs we imagined for ourselves as kids.

Inspired by this idea, Mumbai-based student Deeksha Rathore embarked upon a project called "Dreamcatcher," a photo series of 12 diptychs highlighting the contrast between people's current careers and their childhood dream jobs. "One seldom ends up choosing a career they thought they would, and that's alright - real-life problems do happen," she wrote on Instagram. "So I decided to capture this to the best of my ability by talking to people in Mumbai in various professions and asking them what they wanted to do when they were children." The photo ideas are part of a project for Rathore's photography art class, and as you can see from the pictures below, it's remarkably simple, yet also incredibly thought-provoking. Are YOU following your dreams?

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#1

The House Help Vs. The Bharatanatyam Dancer

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varwenea 2 years ago

Harsh reality

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#2

The Mithai Maker Vs. The Fashion Designer

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Nora 2 years ago

at least she's still creating something😊

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#3

The Air Hostess Vs. The Dj

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Alusair Alustriel 2 years ago

Small detail changes everything!

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#4

The Jeweller Vs. The Air Hostess

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Oscar 2 years ago

Nice.

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#5

The Mochi Vs. The Policeman

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Alusair Alustriel 2 years ago

This one is powerful.

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#6

The Bartender Vs. The Corporate Employee

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varwenea 2 years ago

The corporate employee carries his own liquor in a brief case? He must be really sick of his job.

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#7

The Salesman Vs. The Professional Carrom Player

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Susie Stock 2 years ago

I love the fabrics!

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#8

The Doctor Vs. The Cricketer

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Brenda Olano 2 years ago

Hmm I didn't get this one.

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#9

The Juice Wala Vs. The Army Officer

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Jesus Wäre 2 years ago

You have to wonder what their past self must think...

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#10

The Paan Seller Vs. The Security Guard

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Pandaman 2 years ago

He's young enough to make his dream come true.

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#11

The Rickshaw Driver Vs. The Artist

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varwenea 2 years ago

That's a lot of paper to go through painting the fare. :)

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#12

The Vegetable Seller Vs. The Cook

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Fillippa Nöel 2 years ago

At least it is still with food

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