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Twestival 2010

In late 2007 my wife and I visited a shelter for street children about a two-hour drive from central Mumbai, India. The shelter had been featured on a documentary on TV, and with a bit of Googling we were able to make contact with a volunteer from the shelter who agreed to take us there.

And so, on a muggy Mumbai day, we drove through a city whose sights and sounds – with its Bentleys and beggars in alarming proximity – tend to simultaneously hypnotise and haunt you.

Our contact was waiting for us a short drive from the shelter.  We’d need her assistance as we navigated through side streets that led to alleyways that led to a beaten track that eventually led to an open field. And there it was – a work-in-progress building.  But the building was empty.

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