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Behind The Beautiful Forevers (English, Hardcover, Boo Katherine)

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Behind The Beautiful Forevers  (English, Hardcover, Boo Katherine)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • ISBN: 9780670086092, 0670086096
  • Pages: 280
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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.’But then Abdul the teenaged garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; a terrorist attack and a global recession rock Mumbai; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest human hopes intersect with the harshest realities of life in an Indian megacity, the true contours of a desperately competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the resilience and ingenuity of the people of Annawadi.In Katherine Boo’s fast-paced and riveting book—beautifully written, rigorously researched and intimately reported—the impact of poverty, inequality, corruption and global change is made human through breathtaking, sometimes heartbreaking, stories that will stay with you forever.
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  • Penguin Hamish Hamilton
Awards
  • National Books Awards winner
Award Year
  • 2012
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Katherine 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.

The book has gathered great reviews already. Joseph Lelyveld called it the "best piece of journalism to come out of India in the last fifty years". Shashi Tharoor and Jonathan Shinin, the editor of Caravan, have very high praise for it.

The lives of the children are blighted by the utter lack of p...
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Karamchand Ghote

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Brilliant narration

I 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...
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Rituraj

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A common everyday story - in an uncommon way

Yes, 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.

Reading first few pages for me was just flipping through pages, nothing new, yeah I know we do best in attracting news about our poverty. I am sure any non-Indian would read these accounts with two eyes pooped out.

The beauty of the book catches on you once you know ...
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Akash Kothari

Mar, 2012

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Fabulous work

A 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.
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Ameya Chumbhale

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Feb, 2012

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Its not something Indians don't know about

This 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 ...
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Deepa Moses

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Mar, 2012

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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 h...
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Vishnu Anand

Apr, 2012

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If you know Mumbai

This 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 ...
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Yogesh Pandey

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Love Mumbai

thank you!!!!!
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Sahil Arora

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Heartbreaking Beauty

As 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.
The book reads like a novel, but it is not. It is a tremendous work of non-fiction, one which was made possible by years of back-breaking research and video-footage. A stunningly good read.
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Siddharth Samant

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Cinematic but good

Written quite well. First 50 pages are gripping after that it is a like a dramatic story. Could have been better.
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Senthil Kumar Soundarapandian

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Nov, 2013

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