Mumbai There is a common saying about how important it is just to “show up” in making things happen. The corollary to that should be “finding it,” which is how I felt trying to navigate a cab through the packed streets and narrow byways of the giant Dharavi slum where we work in Mumbai. The ACORN Diwali party was scheduled for the second year on the top floor of a gym near the T-Junction, and I had been there once, but only once in the dark as a passenger. Somehow as we passed along the roadway with the remains of the old mangrove swamp on our right and tenements on our left, I happened to see a picture of a weightlifter above an alleyway. The cab had flown past to where it hoped we were going, but pulled over so I could run back to determine if we might have stumbled on the location. Indeed we had. From that point it was all easy.
I was the 100th person to sign the attendance list, so I could tell immediately that in every way this year’s event was going to show real progress in the growth of the organization. The seats were already up and filled, where last year I had been part of the setup crew for a smaller gathering. Before I left we had almost 200 on the attendance list.