Beautiful thing by Sonia Faleiro

Tragic account of the lives of Mumbai bar girls. Some of the girls’ stories in this book are just plain shocking, and the levels of corruption distressing. The horrors are balanced out by Leela, a bar girl and dancer, who is outrageous, smart and  funny but with a tragic past and a future that really is in the hands of the gods. The writer writes with compassion and warmth, but isn’t afraid to point out the sleaziness, hypocrisy and corruption of many Indian men.  The reality is certainly a long way from the “night clubs” of Bollywood item numbers. 82/100

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