Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing

Inside The Secret World Of Bombay's Dance Bars

Book - 2012
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Already published in India to great acclaim and named a Time Out Subcontinental Book of the Year and an Observer Book of the Year, Beautiful Thing is a stunning piece of reportage that offers a rare firsthand glimpse into Bombay's notorious sex industry.

Sonia Faleiro was a reporter in search of a story when she met nineteen-year-old Leela, a charismatic exotic dancer with a story to tell. Leela introduced Sonia to the underworld of Bombay's dance bars: a world of glamorous women; of fierce love, sex, and violence; of gangsters, police, prostitutes, and pimps. When an ambitious politician cashed in on a tide of false morality and had Bombay's dance bars wiped out, Leela's proud independence faced its greatest test. In a city where almost everyone is certain that someone, somewhere, is worse off than them, she fights to survive--and to win.

Sonia Faleiro has crafted one of the most original works of nonfiction about India in years. Unforgettable for its artistry and intimacy, Beautiful Thing is a vivid portrait of one reporter's journey into the dark, damaged soul of Bombay.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, [2012]
ISBN: 9780802170927
Characteristics: 225 p. ;,21 cm.


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Oct 19, 2013

This book, written by a reporter, is a type of ethnography, exploring the world of dancers in Mumbai. It tells of a young dancer who has a tough life but is without self-pity. The book reflects a repressive society, particularly for women.

Aug 25, 2012

I wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. It's non-fiction, but the style is that of a fictional story. The author (a reporter) explores Bombay's sex industry.


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