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In the crowded, tangled streets of India's Delhi reside 800,000 slum dwellers. Moving almost invisibly in this city within a city is Mohammed Ashraf, described by one watcher as a "laborer, drifter, free thinker, alcoholic." For five years, award-winning journalist Aman Sethi mingled on and off with Ashraf as he and his raffish associates plotted for jobs and hid from beggar police in a local roadside and back-alley market. Conscientiously elusive, Ashraf holds our attention and sympathy by retaining his sense of dignity even in the midst of adversity: "If you had studied psychology, you would know that if you sleep without washing your feet, you get nightmares." Sethi's engaging and often surprisingly hilarious biography gives us a passport into a realm that most of us otherwise would be afraid to visit.