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Mumbai Slum Exists ‘Behind The Beautiful Forevers’

Filed by KOSU News in Art & Life.
February 7, 2012

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo has won acclaim writing about poor people in America for The Washington Post and The New Yorker.

Then she began writing about poor people in a single neighborhood in the vast Indian city of Mumbai.

Boo tells Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep she was “completely clueless” when she started the book.

But she became a regular visitor to Mumbai after she married a man from India.

The result is her new book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity.

In it, she tells the story of one of the world’s largest cities, while keeping a narrow focus.

She writes of one struggling young man, who’s trying to make a living when he’s falsely accused of setting a neighbor woman on fire. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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