By Gina Grate Pottenger on September 19, 2012
Jyoti was born into a Brahmin class family in Western Maharashtra, India. Brahmins are the highest caste in the country, usually wealthy and educated. Her father worked in a bank, and her mother raised Jyoti and her brother. The family lived with her grandmother, who added conflict to an already troubled household.
The two moved from hotel to hotel until almost all their money was gone. Then they moved into a tiny hut in a slum where they slept on the ground. Jyoti had just one dress, which she washed each day before wearing again. It was a huge change from her parents’ comfortable home.