Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

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." But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

Details

Author(s)
Katherine Boo, Sunil Malhotra
Format
CD-Audio
Dimensions
134 x 146mm | 190g
Publication date
01 Aug 2013
Publisher
Bolinda Publishing
Imprint
Bolinda Audio Books
Publication City/Country
Tullamarine, Australia
Edition
Unabridged
Edition Statement
Unabridged edition
ISBN10
1743178174
ISBN13
9781743178171
Bestsellers rank
2,812,930