W3 Book Club - behind the beautiful forevers
by Teri E. Popp, Tastemaker in Residence
"Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo
Pulitzer Prize winning writer Katherine Boo crafts a book based on real life in Annawadi, a slum formerly located in Mumbai, India in "Behind the Beautiful Forevers." While it reads like a novel, this story is true. In an effort to learn more about Indian culture and its sub-culture, W3 Book Club recently read this breathtaking, and often times heartbreaking, tale of lifetime in the lower caste system of Mumbai.
In keeping with the theme, our host served the following food catered by Bukhara Indian Bistro located in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Drink: Mango Lassis, Elephant India Pale Ale, Chateau Tour Leognan Pensacola-Leognan
Appetizers: Vegetable Samosas, Onion Pakora, Paneer Pakora, Alu Tikki
Salad: Mixed Green, Ranch Dressing, Cucumber Rasta
Main Course: Beef Vindaloo, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Curry, Mixed Seafood Birayani
Accompaniments: Naan, Mango Chutney, Pickles
Dessert: Kheer, Deinhard Riesling
The food served enhanced our conversation as we discussed Ms. Boo's book. Hailed as a "landmark work of narrative nonfiction," this story shares tales of life, death and hope in a Mumbai slum. For more information regarding Ms. Boo and a detailed discussion guide for this book, please visit her web page at Behind the Beautiful Flowers.