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India: A celebration of life

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    In loss and celebration, Varanasi. After a holy dip, women vie for use of this changing cabin. In the foreground and all around, mourners don shaven heads as a reminder of their loss. Photo: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    A man and his child make the best of slum living in Mumbai. Open sewers and cramped huts litter the slum in this city-within-a-city. Photo: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    Water pipes loom over this slum on the outskirts of Delhi. Children pose for a picture in a dump where recycling is a means for the poor to earn a living. Photo: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    Under bridge overpasses, a whole other clandestine world unfolds in Mumbai. Photo: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    In the slums of Mumbai, the rains are not enough to interfere with a good game of cricket with ad hoc wooden sticks and balls. Photo: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    Burning ghats in Varanasi, where Hindus cremate their dead. Photo: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    Tourists know Velavadar in Gujarat for its Blackbuck National Park, but to people living hand-to-mouth, every day here is just another day of struggle and survival. Photo: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    Home by the road, Pushkar. When this picture was taken in 2005, 700 million people did not have access to proper sanitation. Photo: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    Home is where the head is, Mumbai. Photo: Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

  • Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, India, US, Pictures

    India: A celebration of life, with over 120 pictures and stories, Rivera-Ortiz’s book will be available in India too.

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