I recently (well it was a few months ago) went to my birth city, Bardoli, Gujarat, India. It was an experience that I cannot describe adequately in words. I took in everything...food, pollution, humanity, food, beauty, sounds, food, and dialog. Yes, I had lots of practice in my native tongue.
I want to share just two pictures that can describe the literal scale from proverty to affluence. The first picture is that of a billboard sign of Mohandas Gandhi with a caption, "Cleaniness is next to Godliness". The irony captured in the picture created the picture moment. The sign itself was absolutely filthy; in addition, the surrounding area was one you would not want re-visit.
The other picture is a view from the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai. Everywhere you go in India you have both extremes within a stones throw.