[Behind the Beautiful Forevers]
In chapter 17 “A School, A Hospital, a Cricket Field” of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Annawadians receive notice that all the slums near the airport are going to be demolished. The Husain family finds some relief after Karam and Kahkashan are found not guilty in the Fatima trial although Abdul’s case continues to be held up in juvenile court.
Boo writes “The Beautiful Forever wall came down, and in two days, the sewage lake that had brought dengue fever and malaria to the slum was filled in, its expanse leveled in preparation for some new development. The slumdwellers consoled one another, ‘It’s not at us yet, just at the edges.’ The demolition of airport slums would occur in phases over several years, so there was still plenty of time for the residents to unite to ensure that the businessmen and politicians who’d been buying up huts wouldn’t be the only beneficiaries of the promised rehabilitation” (383-384).
What idea from chapter 17 fascinated you most? Why or how so? Provide page citation please.