When the subject of children in India comes up, many emotions flood my heart. Such extremes. I experienced deep joy and overwhelming sadness. I worked with children with AIDS, children from the lowest castes, children who were incredibly happy and children who were miserable. Tugging my shirt, they begged for food, money or even hugs. They embraced me at weddings, taught me Bollywood dances upon rooftops, and proudly practiced their English. Above all, they taught me what gratitude is, something often forgotten in places where food, shelter and education are the norm. Below are some pictures of the children of India, some are smiling and others suffering, but all of them capture a significant truth.