Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity is the raw and tender story of two families, living in a slum right beside the glittering Mumbai airport, a slum where only six of the 3,000 residents hold a permanent job. But that doesn’t mean that the others are idle, on the contrary. The main family portrayed in the book is engaged in what is at fist a thriving garbage recycling business, headed by the older son who sacrificed his schooling to help his ailing father and his business-minded mother raise the other five siblings. But ethnic conflicts and mere bad luck cause the son, his father, and a sister to be arrested on suspicion of burning their neighbor to death, amidst lavish bribing of the police by all parties. This is non-fiction so we get the workings of the garbage-recycling business, neatly structured by tiers, the intricacies of bribes and the people whom I could call bribe consultants, who tell others how much is needed for each circumstances, and how badly both governmental and NGO help fails to address the real problems. This journalist writes like a novelist.