Our mela was at a school that was functional during the mela hours and these kids would come every morning and look longingly at the books we’d displayed. So I asked them, in my terrible and halting Hindi, what they were looking at and they said they wanted to buy a book or two to read. Unfortunately, we didn’t have loose books and were only distributing sets. So I snuck a few books to them which they read and returned everyday.
Later, I asked why our books over everyone elses and they said because they were colourful and easy and enjoyable to read.
It’s stuff like this that gives us hope and keeps us going.
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