Praj’s review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Nandakishore (new)

Nandakishore Varma I would like to see your review of this one. :D


message 2: by Scribble (new)

Scribble Orca Ah. So glad to see that absence not only makes the ventricles and aorta grow more affectionate, but the acerbic pith of your wisdom ever more piquant.

I had TBRed this on the recommendation of a favourite writer....how can one's idols dare to be so contrary?


message 3: by Ian (new)

Ian Heidin-Seek Praj just came riding back into town, and she's doing it in style.


message 4: by Praj (new)

Praj Hibernation does spring out the unknown.


message 5: by Paul (new)

Paul Happy to be dazzled again Praj!


message 6: by Praj (new)

Praj Thanks Paul:D. Nice to see you!


message 7: by Jana (new)

Jana You've been missed.


message 8: by Praj (new)

Praj Jana wrote: "You've been missed."

Long time no see, my dearest!


message 9: by Jana (new)

Jana But you really are my dearest here.


message 10: by Jana (last edited Feb 12, 2013 01:57AM) (new)

Jana Buckley said a kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder. A kingdom for your posthibernation eloquence.


message 11: by Praj (new)

Praj Eloquence may just be a mere a reason for a warm embrace which never went cold:)


message 12: by Tanvi (new)

Tanvi 'stop romanticising poverty'. Bang on.


message 13: by Nandakishore (last edited Jun 03, 2013 07:10AM) (new)

Nandakishore Varma I wonder, if India ever succeeds in eradicating (or at least reducing) poverty, we will be left with nothing to sell on the literary market.


message 14: by Mohit (new)

Mohit Parikh Completely sympathize with your anger. I am angry myself.


message 15: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Disagree totally !


message 16: by Irene (new)

Irene I personally have met someone from the "upper caste" who still looks down her nose at all those who are lower, and brags about her family's servants, who I know are little more than slaves. I refuse to call this woman a "friend", although many in NYC do. The elite could easily afford to increase the salaries of their servants 100% and that would give them incredibly better lives, but they don't. So I also agree with your anger.


message 17: by Mohit (new)

Mohit Parikh Praj,sharing a piece that got published recently. Thought you would like it:
http://www.identitytheory.com/strolle...


message 18: by Irene (new)

Irene Mohit wrote: "Praj,sharing a piece that got published recently. Thought you would like it:
http://www.identitytheory.com/strolle..."

This is what I would like to think the global economy has allowed India to have, a middle-class--that gives me hope.


message 19: by Mohit (new)

Mohit Parikh Irene wrote: "Mohit wrote: "Praj,sharing a piece that got published recently. Thought you would like it:
http://www.identitytheory.com/strolle..."
This is what I would like to think the ..."


True that. A large middle class or service class has emerged. I have some inklings to the answer, still I'd like to ask: how does it give you hope?


message 20: by Praj (new)

Praj Mohit wrote: "Praj,sharing a piece that got published recently. Thought you would like it:
http://www.identitytheory.com/strolle..."


Mohit, this article is lovely. Thanks! I agree with you on the debatable "hope" stance. India is much more than progressive urbanization. The increase in the demographics of middles -class may look good on economic graphs. But the real question is, what are the people looking at? The means to be upper crust elites, irrespective to their societal and economic standings.

Thanks again:)


message 21: by Praj (new)

Praj Irene wrote: "I personally have met someone from the "upper caste" who still looks down her nose at all those who are lower, and brags about her family's servants, who I know are little more than slaves. I refu..."

Thanks, for your elucidations, Irene. And thanks for relating to my words.


message 22: by Irene (new)

Irene "Mohit wrote: How does it give you hope?"
I believe economic opportunity for all is what enables the people of any country to attain better lives. I am hoping that is what's happening in India--better than the slave labor of China. The U.S.A. of the 1950's and 60's was like that (open opportunity). Now the corporate elite in the U.S. are taking it away and the U.S. is losing its middle class. It's sad.


message 23: by Samadrita (new)

Samadrita This review is Wow! And then some.
Stories are not only born in slums, allow the tales to pass through through many corners of the vast Indian landscapes." - I will return to it in the future again and again.


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