[Behind the Beautiful Forevers]
In chapter 2 “Asha” of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo follows Asha, a highly ambitious business woman in Annawadi. While gender inequality is largely problematic in India, especially in the occupation desired by Asha, she is able to use a corrupt system of government to her advantage by working “under the table” for bank loan officers and other city officials.
Boo writes that “The last time Ward 76 had an all-female ballot, Corporator Subhash Sawant had put up his housemaid. The main had won, and he had kept running the ward. Asha thought that he might just pick her to run in the next all-female election since his new maid was a deaf-mute – ideal for keeping his secrets, less so for campaigning” (73).
What did you find most notable about the author’s discussion of gender inequality and corruption in India?