[Behind the Beautiful Forevers]
In chapter 10 “Parrots, Caught and Sold” of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo largely follows Sunil, Sonu, and Kalu; young garbage collectors in Annawadi. Although Sonu is known as the “blinky boy” who is half deaf and has a birth disorder, Sunil learns a great deal from him about life and friendship.
Boo writes “Sonu was enrolled in seventh grade at Marol Municipal. Though he couldn’t go to class because of his work, he registered for school annually, studied at night, and returned at years end to take exams. Sonu though Sunil should do the same. One morning he cocked his head as if to drain the deafness from his ear and announced: ‘Educate ourselves, and we’ll be making as much money as there is garbage!’” (269 – 270).
How did the author’s observations about Sonu’s ambitions and work ethic alter or strengthen your perspectives about the future of young garbage collectors like Sonu and Sunil in the chapter?