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First Person

In Katherine Boo’s book, ordinary people in Mumbai and their extraordinary survival

Read Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai undercity” and it will open your eyes about what it means to really get to know a place and its people and to tell their story accurately–no small responsibility. This is the story of Annawadi, a desperately poor community of families […]

Women and girls

Mother’s Day: convincing a skeptic

Some powerful statistics bring home the message that Mother’s Day is an opportunity to honor not just the women you know and love, but in effect, all women everywhere.

Food, farming, and hunger

The hunger divide

The number of hungry people around the world almost equals the total population of India. Part of the solution is to help poor countries boost their agriculture.

First Person

A Bombay world

According to Singer, it is possible to live an ethical life in a Bombay world--one that contains both great wealth and stark emptiness.