Lots of times in touristy areas child beggar for will grab on to you and not let go without a fight. The only way I know to cope with the terrible sadness of this situation is to turn off the part of my brain that acknowledges these kids as human. How awful it is that. How absolutely awful.

Ruba and Asha were two kids that were begging for money in Mysore. Abby & I gave them some bananas and they followed us on to a bus looking for us to give them more. They sort of understood our Tamil, enough to make them laugh a little bit.