This man is brave and authentic. What he says about governments and many involved with religions has shown to be true, not just in Pakistan, but all over the world. One man out of poverty is recognized as the Mother Theresa of his country reaching out to the most underserved populations. Learn more about him and his work.
An amazing bridging of the gap between people of Iran and Israel, Power of the people
In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.
Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”
But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.
With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful forever carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget. (Excerpts from website)
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May we never look away today…….any form of inequality, racism, or discrimination big or small, subtle or blatant, is wrong. Take time to learn of others experiences. Do not minimize them, dismiss them, but just listen and learn. Do not be defensive, do not make excuses. Just acknowledge. Doing anything but this is what actually adds to the initial wound.
Saturday, August 17, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famed march on Washington D.C. in 1963. The march ended with a rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.