BEAUTIFUL THING: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars

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Penguin UK, Sep 30, 2010 - Literary Collections - 232 pages
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Sonia Faleiro was a reporter in search of a story when she met Leela; a beautiful and charismatic bar 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 customers and gangsters; of 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. Beautiful Thing; one of the most original works of non-fiction from India in years; is a vivid and intimate portrait of one reporter’s journey into the dark; pulsating and ultimately damaged soul of Bombay. www.soniafaleiro.com
 

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

This is an interesting character portrait, and it does feed my India fetish, but the setup felt too long and repetitive. Might have worked better as a Kindle Single than as a whole book. Still worth reading if you are as obsessed with India as I am. Read full review

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User Review  - kraaivrouw - LibraryThing

Beautiful Thing is a fascinating read, opening a window into a world I suspect most of us never knew about, much less imagined.  The women of Bombay's dance bars sell themselves in every way ... Read full review

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