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|Publisher||PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA|
|Awards||National Books Awards winner|
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Sep 24, 2014
A nice read but nothing path breaking
Mar 7, 2012
I could not put it down.
Jan 25, 2014
Senthil Kumar Soundarapandian
Nov 11, 2013
Cinematic but good
Jun 12, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
PreyKatherine Boo's first book "Beyond the Beautiful Forever" rises beyond journalism as it follows the life of a group of youngsters for a while in a slum called Annawadi near Mumbai's Sahar airport.
May 29, 2012
Brilliant narrationI agree. The unfortunate story of deprivation and poverty surrounding the luxury enjoyed by a few in India is an ubiquitous truth every Indian is aware of. What is uncommon is the way in which the narrative has been structured. It does not focus on the poverty or the deprivation. It gives respect to the individual. In a land overflooded with billions, an individual's story is often tramped over in favour of a collective, especially if the individual belongs to cattle class. But kudos to Boo's brilliance, her narrative has brought about the pathos of the individual into focus while describing a… (Expand)
Mar 2, 2012
Its not something Indians don't know aboutThis is the true narrative of people in a Mumbai slum called Annawadi. While this may be something new or shocking from a westerner's point of view, I think every Indian knows this story. We hear it in our everyday news reports, we see it in the daily lives of lesser privileged people around us. I guess the motive of this book is to make people sensitive to the issue of poverty and the cycle of corruption and greed, but like I said its not that we Indians are not aware of the issue, its just that we turn a blind eye and do nothing about it. And in that respect I think this book will only serve… (Expand)
Feb 13, 2012
Fabulous workA great piece of work backed by thorough research, great language and the necessary sensitivity. Nowhere in the book the author tries to sensationalize the topic or characters. Wonderful non-fiction work coupled with fabulous narration.
Mar 4, 2012
A common everyday story - in an uncommon wayYes, this is not something the everyday Indian does not know about, Reading about the lives of the characters portrayed in the book, won`t excite you at all, won`t make you look up to them because you see this people everyday.
Apr 18, 2012
An emotional account of the 'black and white' city that is MumbaiI picked up this book at the Mumbai airport bookstore and read the first couple of chapters at the platinum lounge waiting for a delayed flight. The irony began here.
Feb 25, 2012
If you know MumbaiThis book does give an non-mumbaikar a much better view of what happens in the financial hub of the country. Good insights but at times becomes repetitive to an extent one is wondering if we are reading some people's short essays of depressions and voyeuristic views or is it a story about triumph over adversity. Well neither are expected with a reader left to keep visualizing oneself in the setting. My only suggestion to all buyers of this book is to tread it with some caution while it does have a great literary content.
Sep 24, 2014
A nice read but nothing path breakingThis is a good book but will appeal more to foreigners than Indians who have seen all kinds of life. Specially the middle class will find nothing new. But a good effort.
Mar 7, 2012
I could not put it down.This book is the story of residents of a slum near Mumbai's international airport. It reads like a work of fiction. That it is true makes it more compelling.
Jan 25, 2014
Heartbreaking BeautyAs beautiful and heartbreaking as any book you'll ever read. A book that will stay with you, and will make you want to go back to page 1 the moment you have finished it.