Behind The Beautiful Forever
Annawadi is a slum in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as the Indian economy booms, Annawadi 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 scarp-metal thief, feel themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call ? the full enjoy?