Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

"behind the beautiful forevers"

I recommend the book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. 

If you are feeling sorry for yourself in any way, reading this book will snap you right out of it.  Katherine looks at a slum in Mumbai, allows you to feel you are there with all the smells, rats, and attempts to get out and get ahead.  The airport is there, along with luxury hotels.  This is an opportunity to see how we live through the eyes of others.

You will treat your garbage differently, family, police, friends.  We are so blessed living here, and we know it, and this book makes it even more clear.  It reads like fiction, but it is true, hard as that may be to believe.  I had to keep reminding myself these people are real.  People live like this, and they keep striving, and all levels are striving.  Yes, there is corruption, and for each, there is rationalization too.  This book wraps compassion around what we view from outside, and it brings us inside too.


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