Ants Among Elephants

An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India

Author: Sujatha Gidla

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374711380

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2017 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017 A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2017 "Ants Among Elephants is an arresting, affecting and ultimately enlightening memoir. It is quite possibly the most striking work of non-fiction set in India since Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and heralds the arrival of a formidable new writer." —The Economist The stunning true story of an untouchable family who become teachers, and one, a poet and revolutionary 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 transformation from student and labor organizer to famous poet 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.


A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier

Author: Jonathan Glancey

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571276075

Category: Travel

Page: 288

View: 5539


Landlocked, almost inaccessible to foreigners, Nagaland has been fighting a secret, often brutal war for independence for more than half a century. Portrayed either as a land of ruthless guerrillas or exotic natives, Nagaland is in fact a complex and divided region, with an incredible history. The breathtaking Naga hills take us to the offices of Adolf Hitler and Emperor Hirohito, via a motley collection of well-meaning colonialists and anthropologists, and one of the most important battles of the Second World War. The third generation of his family to be seduced by Nagaland, Jonathan Glancey tries to reconcile his childhood idealism with the reality he finds there, and explores his family ties to the region. Through his ancestral history, extensive travels beyond the tourist zone, and through the voices of the Nagas he meets, he tells the true story of this forgotten land.

India in the 21st Century

What Everyone Needs to Know

Author: Mira Kamdar

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199973601

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 5304


A focused and accessible introduction to modern India by award-winning author Mira Kamdar, India in the 21st Century addresses the history, political and social structures, economic and financial system, and geopolitical landscape of a country set to play a critical role in how the world evolves in the coming decades.

The Ant and the Elephant

Leadership for the Self : a Parable and 5-step Action Plan to Transform Workplace Performance

Author: Vince Poscente

Publisher: Vince Poscente - Author

ISBN: 1893430146

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 115

View: 320


Of all the animals the elephant rescues, only the tiny ant returns the favor.

Adventures among Ants

A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

Author: Mark W. Moffett

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520945417

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 5921


Intrepid international explorer, biologist, and photographer Mark W. Moffett, "the Indiana Jones of entomology," takes us around the globe on a strange and colorful journey in search of the hidden world of ants. In tales from Nigeria, Indonesia, the Amazon, Australia, California, and elsewhere, Moffett recounts his entomological exploits and provides fascinating details on how ants live and how they dominate their ecosystems through strikingly human behaviors, yet at a different scale and a faster tempo. Moffett’s spectacular close-up photographs shrink us down to size, so that we can observe ants in familiar roles; warriors, builders, big-game hunters, and slave owners. We find them creating marketplaces and assembly lines and dealing with issues we think of as uniquely human—including hygiene, recycling, and warfare. Adventures among Ants introduces some of the world’s most awe-inspiring species and offers a startling new perspective on the limits of our own perception. • Ants are world-class road builders, handling traffic problems on thoroughfares that dwarf our highway systems in their complexity • Ants with the largest societies often deploy complicated military tactics • Some ants have evolved from hunter-gatherers into farmers, domesticating other insects and growing crops for food


Author: Charlotte Sleigh

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861894813

Category: Nature

Page: 216

View: 450


Ants are legion: at present there are 11,006 species of ant known; they live everywhere in the world except the polar icecaps; and the combined weight of the ant population has been estimated to make up half the mass of all insects alive today. When we encounter them outdoors, ants fascinate us; discovered in our kitchen cupboards, they elicit horror and disgust. Charlotte Sleigh’s Ant elucidates the cultural reasons behind our varied reactions to these extraordinary insects, and considers the variety of responses that humans have expressed at different times and in different places to their intricate, miniature societies. Ants have figured as fantasy miniature armies, as models of good behavior, as infiltrating communists and as creatures on the borderline between the realms of the organic and the machine: in 1977 British Telecom hired ant experts to help solve problems with their massive information network. This is the first book to examine ants in these and many other such guises, and in so doing opens up broader issues about the history of science and humans’ relations with the natural world. It will be of interest to anyone who likes natural history or cultural studies, or who has ever rushed out and bought a can of RaidTM. "[Charlotte Sleigh's] stylish, engaging and informative study deserves to win new members for the ant fan club."—Jonathan Bate, The Times

The Elephant-Shrew

Author: Anthony Irvin

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1848764987

Category: Adventure stories

Page: 204

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The second in the well-received African Safari Adventure Series, The Elephant-Shrew follows the adventures of Lucy, Kal and Ellie as they help Craig, the manager of the Simba wildlife ranch in Tanzania, to translocate a rare but dangerous antelope.Caught in a violent rainstorm, the group's plane is forced to make an emergency landing and the children find themselves spending the night in a cave, a cave with a mysterious message scrawled on the wall. The discovery of further messages takes them, together with Matata, their Maasai friend and Fupi the terrier, into the murky past of the East African slave trade. Follow the children as they make a gruesome discovery in the Cave of the Rock Cod. What will the man whom only Lucy sees reveal about the hidden secrets of the forest?“I want to inspire young readers to learn more about wild Africa,” says Anthony, who has set the book in a beautiful coastal region. Readers can join in the children’s adventures whilst learning about coastal wildlife, African animals and the dark past of slavery in East Africa.

The Universe

Or, The Infinitely Great and the Infiniely Little

Author: Félix Archimède Pouchet

Publisher: N.A


Category: Cosmography

Page: 564

View: 6110