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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Hardcover) review by
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An emotional account of the 'black and white' city that is Mumbai
I 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.
The serpentine arrays of slum dwellings along the runway is usually distracting eyesore for most of us who fly in and out of Mumbai frequently. Maybe not anymore, if you choose to read this book.
Dissecting the lives, complex emotions, struggle for survival peppered with characters that entertain, anger and repel, the author has narrated a broader story -- the bigger picture of Mumbai - a city where the dark 'black' mingles seamlessly with the clean 'white'.
Set in a timeline which captures the global recession and its drilled down impact on the 'have nots', the narration incites respect, more than pity, hope more than compassion -- a hope the city thrives on, magically.. day after day....
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