[Behind the Beautiful Forevers]
In chapter 9 “Marquee Effect” of Behind the Beautiful Forevers,
Katherine Boo describes the scene as Asha and her family visits the
farming village where she is from for a wedding. Throughout the
chapter, Manju is confronting the idea of marriage as well as her
aspiration to become a full time teacher.
Boo writes “Next spring, if she passed her state board exams, she’d have
a B.A. degree. With another year of study, to be financed by selling
one of the rented rooms in their hut, she’d be a qualified teacher with a
B.Ed. She had no hope of securing a permanent job at a government
school, since such jobs typically required paying enormous bribes to
education officials. Small private schools were a likelier bet,
although most of them paid so little that her classmates in the
B.A./B.Ed program had begun to worry that they’d invested in a chump
Based on the reading, what is your understanding of the distribution of wealth and caste systems in Mumbai?