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Delhi, India: First Impressions

Apologies in advance for any bad photo quality or missing images - I cannot work this app to save my life.

Anyway, my first two days in Delhi are finished and I've never been so sweaty in my life. I probably smell truly disgusting. 

Day 1 was spent wandering around in search of water, whilst Day 2 was spent on two different walking tours: one with a former street kid and one of New Delhi. To be honest both were fairly disappointing for a Walking Tour Afficionado like myself. They were both really brief and didn't really give us much information. Such is life. 

But here are a few things I did learn: in a country of around 1.3 billion, 450 million Indians are living below the poverty line. This means that they're not even guaranteed one meal per day. Poverty is, of course, the common denominator amongst the approximately 60,000 street kids that live in Delhi alone (a city of about 23 million). Arranged marriage is another reason why so many girls run away from rural villages only to find themselves living on the streets in Delhi. Inevitably this does lead to prostitution and there are about 4000-5000 working girls in Delhi's 'red light' district.

There is, however, a charity designed to help the street kids. TheSalaam Baalak Trust aims to provide shelter, education, vocational training and health care to the street kids of both Delhi and Mumbai. I wish I was clever enough to add a link here but I'm not, so here's the website address: http://www.salaambaalaktrust.com/

Soooo it's time to bid farewell to Delhi for the next fortnight. 

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 Haute couture in the mosque

Haute couture in the mosque

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