Behind the beautiful forevers
As India begins to prosper, the residents of Annawadi, a makeshift settlement near the Mumbai airport, are electric with hope. Abdul, a teenager who sorts and sells garbage, is on the verge of lifting his family of eleven out of poverty. Asha, a mother of three, is determined to make her daughter Annawadi's first female college graduate. Even the poorest among them, like the homeless scrap-metal scavenger Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to good lives. But when Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy, suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy escalate. As the true contours of an unequal, desperately competitive market city are revealed, so too are the resilience and ingenuity of the people of Annawadi. Beautifully written, rigorously researched, and intimately reported, Behind the Beautiful Forevers makes indelible the lives of individuals who are too often invisible, and whose courage is impossible to forget.