Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo

Superbly written, almost “fictionalized”  account of life in the Annawadi slum of Mumbai. Certainly the guts of the people that battle through here can be uplifting, but at the same time the future looks pretty bleak, and I didn’t get any feeling of optimism at the end. What is also sad is that the residents spend more time in trivial and ultimately disastrous squabbles and jealousies (well they are humans!) than perhaps trying to organize and lobby and work together to try and progress their community. Indian governments and the well off really need to read books like this. 80/100


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