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Out of the Smog; from Pune to Nanegao
I took this photograph of Anishet while climbing a mountain in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, India. We were visiting an organic farm just an hour from Pune, and if nothing else, the air alone tasted so good. The rumor is, spending one day in Pune India is the equivalent to smoking 1 ½ packs of cigarettes. It was one top of this mountain that I realized I could never take clean air for granted again.
Anishet’s family is paid to run a small organic farm for a local NGO. He has grown up on this mountain and it showed. While he raced to the top, all we wanted to do was stop and look at the view. “Cela, Cela” he kept yelling, “Let’s go, let’s go!” It was dusk as we started back down and the monsoon rains were about to open up at any minute. I also included this photograph because, if Anishet ever found out his picture had been published, he would never stop smiling.

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