I struggled with this when I visit Mumbai. I eventually decided to go on a slum tour with an NGO , and one of my main reasons was that I would be better able to begin to grasp what I could see rather than what I might read about in something like Shantaram. It’s also easy to lose sight of the privilege I have as a relatively wealthy, highly educated, cis-gendered white woman, and I feel like I should take advantage of opportunities to reinforce that much of that privilege comes simply by luck and Ineed to use that privilege in a way that benefits others.

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