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Emiko Dhar moved to Calcutta (now renamed Kolkata) in 1962 after she married an Indian engineer whom she met through her job in Japan. She has lived there ever since.

In the mid-1970s, she started volunteering at Nirmal Hriday (which means Pure Heart in Bengali), a home for the destitute and dying that was set up by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mother Teresa. Her almost daily volunteer work continued until last year, when she suffered severe pleurisy.

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