Beautiful Thing

Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars

by Sonia Faleiro

Beautiful Thing

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Beautiful Thing offers first-hand insight into Bombay's sex industry and traces the author's experiences with a charismatic teenage exotic dancer whose independence was challenged by an ambitious politician's campaign of false morality.

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Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers may be the big Bombay book of the year, but for the mirch masala, the real spice and sound of the city, look no further than Beautiful Thing. Faleiro's book is a knockout. It's an unsparing, unsentimental and wickedly funny look at the worlds of the young women who dance in Bombay's bars. We find criminality, prostitution and privation, certainly, but also agency, community and a dazzling heroine: Leela with her padded bra, bad

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