To Jhanvi, one thing is always in short supply, time with her father. Sumanji’s schedule is erratic. He is away most of the time, working as a driver for a travel company. Jhanvi misses her father a lot when he’s gone, but tries to make light of it by teasing her mother about who she loves more.
For children growing up in Mumbai, even the simple childhood joys of playing can pose a threat. Exposure to illness and infection from close quarters, lack of sanitation, and bare feet coupled with limited access to the types of nutritious foods that can promote a healthy immune system can make for a dangerous combination.
When Jhanvi was two, she fell ill with dengue fever and had to be hospitalized. The mosquito-borne disease is all too common in their community. It was a scary time for the family.