An essay by The Hindu’s Harsh Mander describes what it’s really like to live like India’s rural poor.
Matt and Tushar, two flatmates and college grads participating in the country’s welfare initiative, Unique Identification Project, decided to see how the other half lives by surviving in Bengalaru on Rs. 100 a day, the average Indian’s income.
Eventually, they scaled back to Rs. 26 a day, the official poverty line for Indian villagers.