This homeless lady allowed me to take her picture in exchange for a couple of bucks. She became homeless after moving to Houston with her boyfriend. When things got tough, he started abusing her. She left him and decided living on the streets was a better option than living in physical abuse.
By American standards, these are harsh living conditions but it doesn't dampen the spirits of the beautiful Indian children who were dressed up and playing during Diwali (the festival of lights).