[Behind the Beautiful Forevers]
In the Prologue of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo provides us with insight into the lives of struggling Annawadians living in slums on the edge of a developing airport. In particular, she highlights the story of Abdul, a garbage sorter who is hiding from police after being accused of beating and burning his neighbor One Leg.
Boo writes “As India began to prosper, old ideas about accepting the life assigned by one’s cast or one’s divinities were yielding to a belief in earthy reinvention.” (21) Boo goes on to illustrate this by noting the progressive dreams of other Annawadians such as Abdul’s brother, Mirchi, who did not intend to sort garbage. In fact, Mirchi desired “…a bathroom as big as this hut!” (22).
Which characters seem to have the most interesting or “unaccepting” aspirations? Why do you think so? Please provide page citations.