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India

"India." Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Foods and Recipes of the World, Vol.
     2, 2012. Vol. 2 ed. N.p.: n.p., 2012. N. pag. Print.

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Recipe book on different Indian dishes that you can make. Anand and Nisha eat a variety of Indian foods throughout the book.

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AmeriCares: India

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The site AmeriCares does work to
     help out India. They started doing work in 2008 in Bhiwandi, India. They
     provide healthcare and medicine to the poverty stricken people living in
     the slums of India.

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Homeless Railway Children of Gaya Bihar India

this film was made by children attending the gaya rescue project who appreciate all the help they have been given by supporters. some technical assistance wa...
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Nisha is a homeless girl who has no family. She helps Anand to return the Magic Conch Shell. This clip shows plenty of examples of homeless children that are living in India that have no families.

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The Magic Conch Shell has spoken!!

the Magic Conch Shell has spoken!~!
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The whole story is about returning a Magic Conch Shell to it's rightful place. Anand is the Conch Bearer and has to protect the shell. This Spongebob clip relates to my book because of the Magic Conch Shell.

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World Relief | International - India

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Started working with others since 1982. They loan
     money to Indian communities. They rebuilt 180 homes in Kanyakumari Village
     after the 2005 tsunami. They have helped slum communities in Kalyanpuri by
     preparing students for school, building healthy families, and offering
     economic opportunities. The organization is working on informing the people
     on AIDS prevention and caring for those who have the infection.

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GIC | Article

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Talking about the slums of Calcutta, India. Anand and
     Nisha are both poverty stricken children.

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The Scavengers - India

April 2008 A revolutionary toilet is making waves the world over. Self-composting, and requiring no drainage, the toilet already serves some 4 million people...
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The Scavengers - India is the documentary video. The documentary is about the people underneath the lowest class in the caste system. They are nicknamed the scavengers because of their occupations they are forced to partake in. They are forced to pick up the fecal matter of people who defecate in the streets. Because there are a very low amount of toilets and bathrooms in the poorer villages, the citizens have no choice but to release their bowels into the dirty streets. These scavengers are there to pick up the feces and dispose of them. They are paid to do this job, but they are paid very little. They are given donations by some of the citizens. The scavengers are never touched by people because they are seen as unclean. If one touches and untouchable, sometimes and older family member will force the person to drink cow urine and eat cow feces to cleanse them of their uncleanliness. This documentary includes a man named Dr. Pathak who doesn't believe in all the superstition of the untouchables or scavengers. He tries to change people's minds about the scavengers and tries to convince them that they are normal people. He helps the women receive proper education and better occupations. He runs a private organization that he uses for the scavengers. This pertains to my book because my book includes the poor who beg for money or food. They ask Anand for some money and Anand donates some of the little money that he has to them.

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This is a picture of a Conch Shell. Abhaydatta trusts Anand to take care of it.

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Indian Train Station

Mumbai Mail at Bhopal, going to Pipariya
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The train station here is not as crowded as India's other stations. There usually are a ton of people waiting. In The Conch Bearer, Anand goes to a train station where there are beggars who ask for anythin the passengers can spare.

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The Conch Bearer

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In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighborhood he calls home, twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that...
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Anand is a poor boy in India who lives with his mother and
     sister. His sister stopped speaking and became mute after witnessing a
     murder in town. Anand works at the local tea shop for little wages to
     support his mother. He doesn't go to school anymore because they don"t have
     sufficient funds. They had a father who worked at a job that was far away,
     and he would send his family money. After a while, they stopped receiving
     money so they either think that he has ran away with another woman, or he
     is dead. One strange windy day, Anand meets an old man. This man goes to
     Anand's home and reveals that he is a Healer who has magic powers. He has a
     magical conch that has amazing power. The conch was stolen by a man named
     Surabhanu who uses the conch for evil purposes. The old man and his partner
     took back the conch and tried to escape, but his partner ended up dying
     defending the conch. The old man's name is revealed as Abhaydatta.
     Abhaydatta asks Anand to help him bring the conch back to its rightful
     place with the rest of the Healers in the Hidden Valley. Anand made the
     tough decision of leaving his family to help Abhaydatta. A homeless girl
     with the name Nisha (meaning 'night' in Hindi) comes along with Anand and
     Abhaydatta after helping them. After a long journey, they have a final
     battle with Surabhanu. Nisha ends up with a broken leg and Abhaydatta is
     turned into a mongoose. Anand turns in the conch to the Hidden Valley and
     Abhaydatta and Nisha are back to their normal states with the help of the
     Healers.

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