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Surviving the Slums

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Slum Child by Bina Shah, book reviewBina Shah is one of those Pakistani writers in English who has made a name for herself outside Pakistan. She has written five books, of which Slum Child was first published in Italian as La Bambina Che Non Poteva Sognare, or The Girl who Could not Dream, in 2009. The English name of course, immediately evokes memories of Slumdog Millionaire, even though the two stories have very little in common. Slum Child is the story of 9 year old Laila who is growing up in Issa Colony in Karachi’s backwaters and who is, surprisingly a Christian. Laila’s mother works for a rich household and has remarried.

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