July 11, 2020

These men deliver goods contained in the baskets atop their heads all day long to and from businesses in south Mumbai.  

We walked by the lop-sided doorways in a lane so narrow two people can't walk side by side.  A curtain wafted open just enough for us to vi...

May 14, 2020

Janvi and her friends hanging out pre-pandemic. DWP photo taken January 2020.

The lockdown for the poor in India begs to differ the meaning of “we’re all in this together”. For families living in slums, for the migrant workers who live on construction sights or on the s...

March 27, 2020

Irshad, in happier times, demonstrating how we all feel about the virus.

On a good day in the community, there are dozens of sniffling, coughing, feverish children and adults. They live in tightly packed single room homes, built one on top of the other in narrow lanes w...

February 23, 2020

If we had to pick our favourite thing to do with the children in the community that's much more enjoyable than a day spent at a doctor's office, or lining up to pay school fees, it would be taking them on picnics where all we do is play all day (with very few rules, ex...

February 22, 2020

Student project depicting a volcanic eruption and the aftermath of an earthquake.

It was already too hot and very humid when we arrived a bit sweaty and dishevelled just before noon to attend the Science and Math Fair at Nandchhaya Vidya Niketan English Medium School. F...

January 12, 2020

Our friendly neighbourhood where we have rented a one-room flat. 

It doesn’t take us long to settle in to the thrum of this city. It helps that the relatively new Mumbai airport is beautiful and still feels new. Filing off a long flight, passengers are met with well cur...

October 27, 2019

Mumbai, the most populous city in India, is squeezed into a peninsula on the edge of the Arabian Sea. It’s a hot, muggy, cosmopolitan city, with a polluted always hazy skyline, crammed with high-rise buildings housing the middle class and the wealthy, some with views o...

July 14, 2019

A group of women adding plastic covers to sequined sandal straps 

The sour smell of the gutters, the rats running amok, the incessant thrum of noise, the claustrophobic living conditions, and the overflowing public toilets are daily irritations for the millions of inhab...

May 19, 2019

Krishna and her son, Alok.

Krishna thinks she’s about 42 years old. She knows her husband was 38 years old when he died of AIDS seven years ago. They left their native village in Bihar, India’s poorest state, about 18 years ago, with their three children to be near his...

April 28, 2019

Indu’s tuition classes aren't just low-tech, they're decidedly no-tech. The children bring their textbooks, their pencils, and the nubs of worn out erasers, and sit cross-legged on the floor. We gamely fold our legs under us and sit through many tuition classes to assi...

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