Katherine Boo on Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo tells the story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a slum in Mumbai, India. Her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity was awarded the National Book Award for nonfiction. It's based on three years of reporting on the lives of Annawadi residents, including Abdul, a Muslim teenager who scavenges for recyclables; Asha, who is seeking a route to the middle class through political corruption; and her daughter Manju, who will soon become Annawadi’s first female college graduate. When terrorism and the global economic recession shake Mumbai, suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal.


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Comments [2]

Anowar Hossain from NYC

Dear Writer Ms. Katherine Boo,

Thank you very much for telling the truth to the world...!

Dec. 27 2012 12:32 AM
JM from Manhattan

These horrid tales just reflect how Indian elites value themselves and their fellow countrymen.
They should ALL be ashamed of them selves to allow their fellow citizens to have to endure this.
We should not participate in their selfishness by creating the safety net that they themselves should be providing. In China the masses rose up and inflicted punishment on the elites. Perhaps India should do the same.

Dec. 26 2012 12:41 PM

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