Salma Begum and Salena Begum are clear about one thing: they want prostitution abolished in India. The two women, who are not related, were forced into prostitution as adolescents. Now in their mid-30s, they are trying to get out.
This past December, I returned to Kolkata for the first time since 2004, this time with my husband, Kiran. Here is our story -- Kiran's photographs, my words -- of poverty, inspirational people, and, ultimately, hope.
The Indian city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) has hatched an odd, but perhaps ingenious, new plan to curb traffic, one that has the added benefit of incorporating poetry into the daily lives of the city's commuters.