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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...

April 7, 2019

Aagya and Shivani on their way to school in a rickshaw. We pay school fees for both girls.

In less than a week the children will be able to put down away backpacks laden with tattered text books, the ends of well used pencils, and small bits of worn out erasers. Their u...

March 24, 2019

Latifa (January 2019)

Latifa was one of the first children we saw when we arrived back to the community this year. She was standing near a clump of other children beside the small temple just off the road where they like to gather to play. Her round, chubby toddler face...

March 6, 2019

150 million people gathered in Prayagraj for the Kumbh Mela

Last week we took a few days away from Mumbai to travel to Prayagraj, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, to wander among the enormous crowds of pilgrims and Sadhus at the Ardh Kumbh Mela, the largest peace...

February 10, 2019

The community has welcomed a trio of newborns, all girls, born within weeks of each other. Aarya, Myra, and the newest baby, born a few days ago and yet to be named, all came into the world safely and quickly. Their stories start there, but the shadow of a baby girl of...

October 10, 2018

Sneha informed us that her school project was due the next day when we were just steps away from entering our apartment building. Used to, but always traumatized by the the drama her father causes most days, Sneha and her sister Nikita were coming to stay with us for a...

July 29, 2018

Engaging, confusing, consuming, frustrating, enlightening, filthy, disorienting, lively, loud and never boring, Mumbai is like a friend who infuriates you but you still want to be part of their life. This heaving city breathes life into us and simultaneously sucks the...

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