Kolkata

By Manoj Chopra UCF Forum columnist As an immigrant born in Delhi, India, I must stress that the United States has provided
I saw a myriad of emotions there: laughter, freedom, pain sorrow, subjugation, greed, care, solidarity and finally, hope.
The girls spoke English (in addition to their native Bengali) and ranged in age from 16 to the youngest who was 11. We spoke
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Among all the noise about Mother Teresa - positive and negative - this will be my memory of Mother Teresa.
Avid Kumar runs a four-person business painting the exteriors of high-rise towers in Kolkata, the capital of India's West Bengal state. His first job was carrying live chickens to a market on a bicycle, but as the rising popularity of Western-style supermarkets cut demand at the market, he switched to painting. His biggest worry is getting paid on time.
This love need not be productive (although true love always produces something beautiful, even if it is invisible to the eye). It need not be useful (is not life more than food and the body more than clothes?). It need not be efficient (love cannot operate on a schedule).
We have many celebrities amongst our ranks. Take the Noble Prize winners, Amartya Sen and Muhammad Yunus, for example. And
The taut drama becomes even more chilling with the knowledge that it is re-enacted everyday in some form in countless brothels in India and beyond -- more often than not, without the intervention that saved Lakshmi.
I must admit that L'Arche, Kolkata, was another experience to behold and left me feeling shameful for ever doubting its sanctity. However, what saddened me was the enormity of need there; how fortunate were the few who had miraculously found a home at Asha Niketan.