Nine Rupees an Hour: Disappearing Livelihoods of Tamil Nadu

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Author: Aparna Karthikeyan

9789395073233 | PB | pp. 288 | 2022 | Westland

Nine Rupees an Hour: Disappearing Livelihoods of Tamil Nadu by Aparna Karthikeyan takes a look at the impact of rapid urbanisation on the jobs and livelihoods of the rural population of Tamil Nadu.

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In a rapidly urbanising nation, rural India is being erased from the popular imagination. Through her five years of travelling across the villages of Tamil Nadu, Aparna Karthikeyan gets to know men and women who do exceptional–yet perfectly ordinary–things to earn a living. She documents, through ten of these stories, the transformations, aspirations and disruptions of the last twenty-five years. The people she meets force these questions of her, and her reader: What is the culture we seek to preserve? What will become of food security without farmers? How can ‘development’ exclude 833 million people?

Including interviews with journalist P. Sainath, musician T.M. Krishna and writer Bama, among others, Nine Rupees an Hour is a critical portrayal of the drastic and systematic erosion of traditional livelihoods.

Author:

Aparna Karthikeyan

ISBN:

9789395073233

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

288

Year of Publication:

2022

Publisher:

Westland

Edition:

Reissue

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The Author is a storyteller and an independent journalist. She volunteers for the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) and has written for them, as well as for The Hindu, The Caravan, The Wire, Scroll.in and other publications on culture, books and livelihoods. She has authored books for children, and published short fiction.

She lives in Mumbai with her husband, daughter and dogs.

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