Annawadi | Katherine Boo | Granta Magazine

Annawadi

Katherine Boo

In 2007 Katherine Boo travelled to Annawadi – a slum built on Mumbai Airport land – to document the lives of the families living there.

In moments of intense reporting, I could be counted on to miss the incidentals: the nature of the light in the hospital ward, the presence or absence of bangles or teeth. To alleviate the strain of remembering, and the shame of getting stuff wrong, I began carrying a still camera, then a video came…


Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity won the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction and has been translated into thirty languages. She has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 2003.

More about the author →