[Behind the Beautiful Forevers]
In chapter 11 “Proper Sleep” of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo begins with the investigation of Kalu’s death. Traumatized by his experiences with Annawadi police, Abdul immediately believes he will be falsely accused and imprisoned for Kalu’s murder. With fear and accusations filling the streets, several Annawadi boys flee the slum which ultimately led to the Sanjay committing suicide.
Boo writes “After Kalu’s death, five of the road boys were picked up and taken to the Sahar Police Stations “unofficial” cell. They were beaten in the name of an investigation and released with the understanding that, if they didn’t stay away from the increasingly elegant airport, they might find themselves charged with Kalu’s murder. The boys didn’t know that the police had already filed away the case as a natural death” (286-287).
Based on the reading, what are your thoughts on the overall mood or energy of Annawadi after the deaths of Fatima, Kalu, and Sanjay?