Today I am participating in Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along, sharing what currently occupies our knitting needles and reading pile.
On the knitting front, I am superbusy, with a pile of chunky lamb’s wool scarves that are essentially finished but need their ends woven in, and a gray cashmere/merino hat that has to be finished yet this evening.
Besides the Christmas books I wrote about yesterday, I am in the final chapters of Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” which won the National Book Award this year for nonfiction. A gift from my best friend, who coincidentally went to school with Ms. Boo, this book has been a challenge to read on several levels. For a couple years, the author followed several inhabits of a slum near Mumbai’s international airport, not far from where I stayed for four months last year. Although I have traveled to some difficult areas in the world, I still was not prepared for Mumbai. The book has shed light on some of the difficulties I had living in India, but many issues remain unresolved for me. “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” is an accurate portrayal of life for millions of Indians and provides insight into the scheming, the bribery, the injustice that is deeply woven into the fabric of Mumbai life. It’s not pretty, but I’m still hoping for an ending with an air of hope and a bit of redemption.