Flag Hill. Uttarakhand, India. Where Meena and Dadi liked to sit and watch the fog drift.
“My brother is seventeen years old. He has a big smile and strong legs because he is a bike messenger. All the girls love him, which makes him very conceited.” -Meena, Same Sun Here
Flag Hill. Uttarakhand, India. Where Meena and Dadi liked to sit and watch the fog drift. Click here if you want to watch and hear it, too!
What’s left of a mountain near River’s house. To find out more about mountaintop removal, visit I Love Mountains.
This is what River’s Mamaw was fighting to stop.
In May of 2006, Neela went on the “Writers and Photographers Tour” to protest mountaintop removal mining. The tour was sponsored by KFTC. This is how all the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, where River lives, are supposed to look.
Aarthi plate. Kempty, India. Photo by Ankit Pogula.
Sister’s Bazaar, India. The cow that inspired Gopi (who walked Dadi home). Photo by Marianne Maeckelbergh.
Meena’s favorite library. Sewark Park Branch of the New York Public Library. Chinatown.
Essex Street, New York City. Ana Maria’s building.
Immigration rally in Union Square, New York City.
Lady Liberty at dusk, as seen from the Staten Island Ferry. “Everything at Ellis Island reminded me of our family, except that we came on planes, not boats.” -Meena, Same Sun Here
Wall in Chinatown, New York City. Near Mrs. Lau’s Senior Citizen Center. “Mrs. Lau has been in America twice as long as she was ever in Hong Kong. She has lived in her apartment for fifty-five years. She says NY Chinatown is home.” -Meena, Same Sun Here
Langur monkeys playing. Mussoorie, India. Photo by Marianne Maeckelbergh.
Langur monkeys. Mussoorie, India. Photo by Marianne Maeckelbergh.
“Mussoorie is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Everywhere you look, there is mountain and sky, and some days we are lost in the clouds. The trees are always full of birds with clear voices and monkeys with long tails and bad tempers.”-Meena, Same Sun Here
Sparkling view of the Hudson River from the inside of the Little Red Lighthouse.
Little Red Lighthouse, under the George Washington Bridge, New York City.
“We live in Chinatown, on the corner of Orchard and Hester. The F train on Delancey is very nearby.” -Meena, Same Sun Here
Subway roaring by. F train, Delancey Street, New York City. What would Kiku do?
Meena and Dadi’s beloved mountains, as seen from Sister’s Bazaar. Uttarakhand, India. The foothills of the Himalayas, the youngest and highest mountains in the world.
View of New York City from the top of the Empire State Building. Can you find the Flatiron Building? Hint: It looks like a slice of cake!