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Srinagar Coffee Mug featuring the photograph Tough As It Gets...paint by Steve Harrington

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Tough As It Gets...paint Coffee Mug




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Our ceramic coffee mugs are available in two sizes: 11 oz. and 15 oz. Each mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.


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Thank you, Steve! Like many, I had great difficulty confronting my emotions when experiencing such extreme poverty and need. To be honest, I feared the beggars, I think, and I am not sure why. In part it is connected to our Western taboo against staring at suffering. Like feeling a twinge of guilt when we look at a bad car accident. Eventually I realized that I was treating them as objects of fear, rather than humans. I finally changed that when I forced myself to sit on the sidewalk with a legless Calcutta beggar who had been hounding me. Although we shared no common language, we "communicated" for half an hour. It felt right for both of us: Just two guys sharing part of our long journeys through a big, tough world.

very difficult to look at, but won't be able to forget it - have to say it is one of the most troubling pictures I have seen

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August 14th, 2018

FANTASTIC! My dad was a maintainer on F-105's in the early 1960s, and wore the blue "Thunderchief" patch on his fatigues. This was a birthday present for him, and the smile when he pulled it out of the box said I'd struck gold.

August 12th, 2018

was the perfect gift! This is my boyfriends race bike and he absolutely loved this!

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A beggar in Srinagar, India. Taken with a short focal length lens, this is the most difficult image I have ever taken. I experienced what all travelers to India inevitably confront: unbelievable poverty and a sense of helplessness. I have never seen the world in the same way since. The World Bank estimated 1.29 billion people were living in absolute poverty in 2008. Of these, about 400 million people in absolute poverty lived in India and 173 million people in China. In terms of percentage of regional populations, sub-Saharan Africa at 47% had the highest incidence rate of absolute poverty. For a few years starting in 1990, The World Bank anchored absolute poverty line as $1 per day, but this number has little meaning when comparing various countries. Although difficult to define, it is obvious when seen: grinding hopelessness, hunger and disease rule. One third of deaths, some 18 million people a year or 50,000 per day, are due to poverty-related causes: in total 270 million peo...

About Steve Harrington

Steve Harrington

I am a retired professor at a college in Toronto and taught critical thinking and communications. In the past I also taught literature, creative thinking and problem solving. I've also had the opportunity to teach about and lead tours to a variety of world destinations including backpacking through the Canadian Rockies, traveling above the Arctic Circle in Norway, into the Sahara in Morocco, and throughout Southeast Asia with a special focus on Thailand. It was my four tours to India that formed me most profoundly, both as a person and as a photographer. It is a magic land of extremes in every sense of the word. More recently I had the opportunity to expand my world view with travel to the Peruvian Andes, the back roads of West...

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