Ram Pratap Verma, a 32-year-old aspiring Bollywood film actor, poses for a photograph wearing his worn out socks on a beach in Mumbai. He made the journey to Mumbai from his small village eight years ago, and despite carrying his whole "home" inside his bag, he is determined not to give up on his ambitions. Danish Siddiqui is a Reuters staffer based in India. You can keep up to date with his work by following his Reuters blog. Also be sure to check out his image featured in our 2012 Photojournalism of the Year round-up.