Behind a huge sign promising a floor tile's transformative appeal (Beautiful Forever!) is the slum of Annawadi, India. Actually to call it a slum is to exaggerate its promise (just like the floor tile). It's a "makeshift settlement" of families fresh from the rural areas of India looking for their future--and picking garbage, digging stones from the road, or doing any other of the lowest of low jobs in the meantime.
The author focusses on a particular family and details their tenuous existence in a narrative story that reads like fiction. Will the family members survive? Thrive against all odds? Where does their hope come from? Where does the corruption of hope come from? What will be the future of India's growing capital democracy? Questions are raised and the listener will struggle with the answers.
The narrator's accent adds reality to the reading. Highly recommended.
Recommended by Lee O'Brien