|The "nice" part of the Kalwa slum|
There are children running around and animals everywhere- dogs, cows, chickens, goats, ducks, donkeys and pigs (I have never seen such happy pigs with all the mud and trash). Homes are made out of sheets of tin and whatever scraps people can find. But when I looked around, people seemed genuinely happy. All the kids are giggling and playing together, and adults are hanging out and joking with each other. It really makes you think about different standards of happiness. Too often in the U.S. I see people who are rich with regards to money, love/support, and opportunities but are unhappy. But here, these people have nothing. But they do have a strong sense of community and identity. Just something interesting to think about.
|Here's a photo of the mall- it's really big and modern, and the best part? There's A/C!|
I tried kulfi, a block of Indian ice cream on a stick. It has the consistency of frozen halva but tastes kind of like dulce de leche (yum). In this pic I'm with 3 of the other program participants and Hayley, one of the Indian staff members.