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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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Jan 01, 13

Read from November 23, 2012 to January 01, 2013

Boo possesses a rare talent for capturing the complex, vibrant and hectic realities of modern-day Mumbai. The reader feels like they are living amongst the Annawandi children and families, witnessing the horrors and minuscule beauties of everyday life in this 'undercity'. Her ability to translate reality into engaging, rich narratives is admirable. This book reads like fiction, not a journalistic or anthropological study conducted over five years in the slums (Boo essentially lived amongst her subjects, forming intense bonds with them). I had little knowledge of India's 'low-income' classes and castes (strikingly, millions of starving, homeless and jobless individuals are above the official poverty line). This book brought the stories to life. Highly, highly recommended.
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