Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars

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Canongate Books, Aug 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Meet Leela: nineteen, charismatic and fearlessly outspoken. With her sharp wit and stubborn optimism, she is the best paid bar dancer on Bombay's notorious Mira Road. Leela has a 'husband' (who is already married), a few lovers whose names she can't remember, an insufferable mother camping out in her flat and an adored best friend, Priya - the most beautiful woman she has ever seen. But when the dance bars are banned, Leela's proud independence faces its greatest test. In a city where everyone is certain that someone, somewhere, is worse off than them, Leela fights to survive - and win.
 

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Contents

CHALLENGE ME ANY MAN
A BAR DANCERS GAME IS TO ROB TO FOOL A KUSTOMER
I WANT A GOOD BREAK YAAR NO CUTPIECE SIDEY ROLE FOR ME
TO BE HELD EVEN INTHEARMS OF A THIEF IS WORTH SOMETHING
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Sonia Faleiro is an award-winning reporter and the author of a book of fiction, The Girl (Viking, 2006). Beautiful Thing is her first full-length work of non-fiction and is based on five years of research in Bombay's dance bars. Sonia was born in Goa, India; studied in Edinburgh, worked in Bombay, and lives in San Francisco. Please visit www.soniafaleiro.com

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