Life, Death & Hope In a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai UndercityBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was an awesome read, just couldn’t put it down. The worst fear of any Mumbaikar is to lose his home, or not being able to afford to have a good home and live in a slum because of the high real estate prices. I have this morbid fear too! I often wonder what kind of people live here, what have they done to deserve this kind of fate in life.

All you need to know about the kind of people living in Mumbai’s slum , how and why they land in these slums, what makes them not break out of the poverty? also what are their moralities, what faith shapes up their lives, what are the beliefs and risk they take.

Katherine Boo is incidentally an expert researcher who has been studying the effect of poverty and its consequences for last 20 years or more. There wouldn’t have been a better person writing a book. But it doesn’t read like a research article, it is a beautiful but sad story, written with lot of insights.

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