In India there are many types of religon practiced and mosques or churches to attend. Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Jews now make up the make up religon in Inida, and now all have to learn to live together in peace. It's not easy when Inida use to be made up of mostly Hindus, now its getting close to only half of the population.
A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent.
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This book seems really intriguing since it's people who have escaped from prisons in North Korea, which is a highly broken country. I think it would be a good book for me since I am really into the holocoust and like learning about death camps and this reminds me of it a little bit. It sounds like a book that keeps you on your toes, just like Kite Runner did. Escape from Camp 14 is a true stroy as well which makes it almost
unbelievably and makes you want root for him, and more emotional attached.
In the documentary they talk about how Mumbai is the filled with glitz and glam, but in the future one in every three people with be living in the slums. Right now 60% are living in slums, which is 55% more than when they first gained independence. There are even professionals living in this area like engineers, police, and political municipal. The families that live in the slums don’t see it as object but a place to call home. Many people get insecure when it comes to money and end up fighting, many put the blame on others that are innocent. A lot of the people in the video are angry at the government for things they do not provide, and what they take away from them.
The picture is so depressing. It's a realization of what you couldnt possibly be real, It makes it even worse that there is a little kid running down the road with no shirt on. Garbage and filth are just sitting there like this is where it belongs.
India is the country that the slums are in, many struggle with poverty and disease. The city of Mumbai is where the book took place but they lived in the slums in an undercity of Annawadi. In the story there is also a major airport near by where they get most of their garbage, and money.
Respecting one another is a big thing in Indian culture. They treat everyone higher then themselves. A guest in a home is a god to the family that is hosting. Many feed their guests when in reality they dont even have food for themselves.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers follows many families in the poor city of Annawadi, India. It starts off with Abdul who makes a living buy selling and finding garbage for his family. Later in the story he gets acussed for burning Fatima, so he has to deal with the awful ways of the governemnt and overcome that step in his life. They say that the worst thing to do is take down the hardest worker in the family, it ruins their reputaion. That is exaclty what Fatima did. The story moves on to Asha a mother who is trying to become a female in politics and helps console her neighbors for money to move her family out of the slum. Her daughter Manju is a pretty, good girl who is to be married off all while being the first one to graduate. She helps out at one of the local schools many say she is too nice for all that she goes through. Sunil wants to be like Abdul. He is also a garbage finder and tries to find places others don't, so they are riskier spots he risks his life to earn as much as possible everyday. Many of the garbage dwellers would risk anything to get the best of the garbage. They are all just trying to have enough money to keep the family alive.
A booming economy is pushing an Indian megalopolis — with its new class of super-rich and its crushing poverty — into the limelight.
Jane Trzaska's insight:
The city of Mumbai is home to the most millionaires than any other country but yet home to the largest slum as well. They said that there are just too many suffering so they focus on things that are nicer, like art and movies. The amount of taxi's, bikers and trucks on the road make traffic look bad in places here like Chicago, or Los Angeles. There are around 20 million people living in the city and most of them are in the slums, which are next to the nicer things in life. They back up by apartments, hotels, and airports. Many in poverty try to get jobs near their home, they serve the rich and end up getting treated like crap.
In the article it was proving wrong what Foreign Affairs said, "India is a roaring capitalist success story". That only a few of the Indians would be able to enjoy the ''Western standards of living and high consumption." Most of India is living in poverty and not getting enough to eat, malnutrition is so high, it’s half of the children. No one is coming in to help the market reform and there are no signs or plans to do so. India is a growing country economically it isn't helping those who need it. 1 out of 5 deaths of children worldwide occur in India and education is only in some part of the countries but downgrading slowly since no money is going into education.
CARE focuses on providing clean healthcare for all, but especially for women who are giving birth. They want to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and TB. Their other mission is to help with women becoming educated as well. They have proven statistics that show if women are educated they are less likely to raise a bigger family, have healthy children and get involved in politics. CARE also gives a chance to women to help other women to success, with money provided by the foundation it can help many out of poverty and into a better life.
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