Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Setting & Symbolism

Katherine Boo
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Annawadi

Annawadi is a slum beside the international airport in the city of Mumbai, India. Annawadi consists of a few hundred houses, and a few thousand transient and permanent residents. It is a disgusting, wretched place to live and work. and a place from which the people in the book seek to escape, by any means possible. It is located on land owned by the Indian Airport Authority.

Mumbai

Mumbai is a major city in India, with an international airport. It is the location of the slum of Annawadi.

India

India is the country in which the city of Mumbai, and its slum Annawadi, are located. India has, within the last few decades, opened its doors to economic liberalization and increased Western trade, making it ground zero for a clash between modernity and ancient traditions.

The Maidan

The Maidan is a trash-strewn, dirty field in Annawadi. Many people...

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