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Behind the beautiful forevers: life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity

By: Boo, Katherine.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Delhi Penguin Books 2012Description: xxii, 254 p.ISBN: 9780670086092.Subject(s): Creative nonfiction | Urban poor - India - BombayDDC classification: 305.5690955 Summary: Annawadi is a slum in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as the Indian economy booms, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective teenager, sees ?a fortune beyond counting? in the recyclable garbage that the city?s richer people throw away. He is so fast, sorting waste, that he?s close to lifting his whole family out of the slum. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, is eyeing an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck and the right connections, her sensitive, beautiful teenaged daughter might soon become the first female college graduate in the slum. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a homeless 15-year-old scrap-metal thief, feel themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call ?the full enjoy. (http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/behind-beautiful-forevers)
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Annawadi is a slum in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as the Indian economy booms, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective teenager, sees ?a fortune beyond counting? in the recyclable garbage that the city?s richer people throw away. He is so fast, sorting waste, that he?s close to lifting his whole family out of the slum. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, is eyeing an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck and the right connections, her sensitive, beautiful teenaged daughter might soon become the first female college graduate in the slum. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a homeless 15-year-old scrap-metal thief, feel themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call ?the full enjoy. (http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/behind-beautiful-forevers)

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