Kaji Sherpa, 39, survived the April 18 avalanche on Mount Everest. He says he will never set foot on the mountain again and work as a farmer instead. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Abhina Aher was born a boy biologically and is now a hijra, a member of an ancient transgender community in India. Of her painful physical and psychological transformation, Aher remembers now: "I just wanted to become a beautiful butterfly." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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The R.C. Jewelry Store in New Delhi. Indian women have always treasured gold for its beauty and for providing a measure of social security. Today it is also being used to give them a larger say in the family's finances. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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A woman in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura receives her identity card back from an election official on Monday. India began six weeks of voting in a country where more than 800 million are registered to cast ballots. Saurabh Das/AP hide caption

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