Saritha RaiMarch 16, 2010 06:55Updated May 30, 2010 13:17
BANGALORE, India — It is just past noon and the lunch gong has sounded.
As he waits in line with other hungry children, a smile lurks on the face of 8-year-old Dinesh, a student at the Government Composite School in Agara, a village on the fringes of Bangalore.
When his turn comes, Dinesh holds out his plate for a steaming mound of rice and several ladlefuls of piping hot sambhar, spicy curry with lentils and vegetables. He eats quickly, savoring the curried rice and saving the tender chickpeas for the very end of the meal.