Abdul’s younger brother, who dislikes working with garbage and hopes to have a clean job working as a waiter in a hotel. Mirchi is able to continue school past ninth grade, a privilege Abdul envies. Mirchi’s good life, relative to Abdul’s hardship, is an emblem of the slum residents’ hope that, as time goes on, their community will have more opportunities and better lives.
Mirchi Character Timeline in Behind the Beautiful Forevers
The timeline below shows where the character Mirchi appears in Behind the Beautiful Forevers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue: Between Roses
...better their lives immediately without waiting to be reincarnated into a better status. Abdul’s brother, Mirchi, is one of these people. Mirchi dreams of working at a luxury hotel as a... (full context)
Chapter 1: Annawadi
...from India’s poorer north. Even though the Husains are both northern and Muslim, Rahul and Mirchi have a fast friendship. Abdul envies this closeness, as Abdul has only one casual friend,... (full context)
...report anything. Abdul thinks that India still maintains a strict class system, no matter what Mirchi thinks about progress. Abdul is just happy to keep working with garbage, as this job... (full context)
Chapter 4: Manju
Chapter 5: Ghost House
...Abdul’s, and Zehrunisa has talked to the family of a scrap dealer in Saki Naka. Mirchi is eager for marriage, but Abdul is more cautious. Zehrunisa thinks that marriage will finally... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Master
Chapter 10: Parrots, Caught and Sold
...Zehrunisa has no money for Karam’s bail now that the garbage business has collapsed under Mirchi’s direction. Abdul sighs, knowing the hard work ahead of him trying to rebuild their recycling... (full context)
Chapter 15: Ice
Chapter 17: A School, a Hospital, a Cricket Field