Just Add Water

The pursuit of happy days to offset the misery of demolitions. When you need to buy ten kites, Arpan, a stick-thin nine-year-old boy with the swagger of a Bollywood star, is your go-to guy. He and four other children took us on a meandering wander through a grimy area of under-construction mega apartment complexes, make-shift roads, decayed buildings, slum areas, and ramshackle warehouses. Large trucks chugged past us bathing us in a haze of dust and exhaust fumes, while Arpan, and his friend Jigar, ran ahead jumping over oily puddles, kicking garbage aside, and finally stopping at a shop so small we would have walked past it. “How do you know they sell kites?” we chimed together. “It’s so s

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