In this essay, I will be discussing how Abdul, Asha and Sunil see Mumbai, their perspective of this city, Annawadi and the other people in it. I will also explore Katherine Boo’s writing techniques that she uses to express these three protagonists views. Abdul, Asha and Sunil all reside in Annawadi, a small slum with a large population by the international airport. These three are all of a different age, status and have differing outlooks on Mumbai. Asha is a grown woman that sees Annawadi as an opportunity to gain power whereas Abdul runs a rubbish collection business and keeps his thoughts and feelings concealed within himself. Sunil, however, is a scavenger who is struggling for survival, he works so he can grow and live till the next day and rarely gets angry when he discovers “the secret reasons behind the way people behave”. Continue reading
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