Ants Among Elephants

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Author: Sujatha Gidla

9789353025038 | PB | pp.304 | 2018 | HarperCollins

Ants Among Elephants is the stunning true story of an untouchable family who become teachers, and one, a poet and revolutionary

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Like one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America at the age of twenty-six. It was only then that she saw how extraordinary – and yet how typical – her family history truly was. Her mother, Manjula, and uncles Satyam and Carey were born in the last days of British colonial rule. They grew up in a world marked by poverty and injustice, but also full of possibility.

In the slums where they lived, everyone had a political side, and rallies, agitations, and arrests were commonplace. The Independence movement promised freedom. Yet for untouchables and other poor and working people, little changed. Satyam, the eldest, switched allegiance to the Communist Party. Gidla recounts his incredible life – how he became a famous poet, student, labor organizer, and founder of a left-wing guerrilla movement. And Gidla charts her mother’s battles with caste and women’s oppression. Page by page, Gidla takes us into a complicated, close-knit family as they desperately strive for a decent life and a more just society.

A moving portrait of love, hardship, and struggle, Ants Among Elephants is also that rare thing: a personal history of modern India told from the bottom up.

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Author:

Sujatha Gidla

ISBN:

9789353025038

Publisher:

HarperCollins

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

304

Year of Publication:

2018

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable in Andhra Pradesh. She studied physics at the Regional Engineering College, Warangal, and was later a researcher in applied physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Her writing has appeared in The Oxford India Anthology of Telugu Dalit Writing.

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