[Behind the Beautiful Forevers]
In chapter 12 “Nine Nights of Dance” of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Annawadians prepare for Navratri, a yearly festival of dancing where girls considered themselves equals to the boys. During preparation, Meena and Manju spend a great deal of time discussing, marriage, family life, and the death of Fatima the One Leg.
Boo writes “The day before Asha’s Navratri began, the maidan underwent a fury of beautification. Abdul and his garbage piles were banished, and women swept and swept. A teenaged boy shimmied up the flagpole to anchor the strings of lights, while other boys climbed onto hut roofs to affix the ends of the strings to corrugated eaves” (309).
What did you find most notable about the author’s discussion of gender inequality in the chapter? Why? Provide page citation please.