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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

ISBN: 0307934055

Title: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

Author: Katherine Boo

KDL Description:

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Annawadi is a settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are filled with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees a fortune beyond counting in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Terror and a global recession rock the city, and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal.

Amazon Description:

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”