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    15 Photos The World Needs To See To Understand How Beautiful Chennai Really Is

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    1. In a country where HIV patients are shunned and stigmatised, a Chennai woman poses with her adopted HIV positive child.


    2. After severe floods, a boy salvages his most valuable possessions – his school books.

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    3. A contestant gets ready backstage at the first ever Miss India Transgender pageant, organised by Chennai volunteers.

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    4. A nun sits with 2004 tsunami survivors in the weeks after the calamity, lending a hand, an ear, and a shoulder.

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    5. And children orphaned by the tsunami plant trees in their parents' memory.

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    6. An assistant helps a disabled boy embark Chennai's "Fun Bus," which takes underprivileged children on citywide tours.


    7. A man rescues his best friend.

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    8. Prithika Yashini smiles outside Madras High Court after a judgment cleared her to be India's first transgender police sub inspector.

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    9. Fishermen's children sit through a Bible reading class on Marina Beach.

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    10. One Chennai resident carries another to a polling station so she can cast her vote.

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    11. One woman, amidst the city's heaviest rains in a century, sets out to serve customers relying on her.

    12. Three women, who support their children and families, pose with their livelihood.

    Two of them left abusive husbands to be independent, and the third was widowed.

    13. A bakery opens its doors to adults with learning disabilities, and rehabilitates them into the workforce.

    14. An NGO shuttles dogs to Bangalore to keep them safe and dry through Chennai's floods.

    15. And two toddlers at a Super Kings match prove it's never too early to start rooting for your hometown.

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