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PDF ó BOOK Ants Among Elephants ↠ [Reading] ➮ Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India ➶ Sujatha Gidla – Eyltransferservices.co.uk A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2017A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2017 Ants Among Elephants is an arresting afA Wall Street Journal Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2017A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2017 Ants Among Elephants is an arresting affecting and ultimately enlightening memoir It is uite 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 EconomistThe stunning true story of an untouchable family who become teachers and one a poet and revolutionaryLike 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 ajust societyA 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 Fascinating account of the author's famous uncle and her long suffering mother contextualized by an account of Indian history around the time of its gaining independence from Great Britain Her uncle was a poet and political activist The caste system may seem exotic to us in the West but the kinds of prejudice and discrimination associated with the status of being an untouchable are depressingly familiar Also depressingly familiar is the profound sexism of even the most politically radical men I've still got a little bit to go as I write but I will say that the account becomes a little too thorough in the second half of the book at the expense of cogency I suppose I am saying that some cutting would have made it a better book aesthetically But it is never boring

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A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2017A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2017 Ants Among Elephants is an arresting affecting and ultimately enlightening memoir It is uite 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 EconomistThe stunning true story of an untouchable family who become teachers and one a poet and revolutionaryLike 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 ajust societyA 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 An amazing detailed family history about a class in India that usually has no voice I hope the author continues to write about herself her family and India

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Ants Among Elephants An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern IndiaA Wall Street Journal Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2017A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2017 Ants Among Elephants is an arresting affecting and ultimately enlightening memoir It is uite 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 EconomistThe stunning true story of an untouchable family who become teachers and one a poet and revolutionaryLike 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 ajust societyA 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 Having just returned from India where I saw poverty worse than I had ever seen I was interested in the concept of this book I learned a lot from the book about castes and subcastes But the main character wasted his life pursuing a Communist dream He never seriously worked or pursued economic success for himself or his family He spent his entire life in a political struggle doomed to failure leaving his family to fend for themselves While he may have been adored by the untouchables for his efforts the reality is that nothing he did made their lives better Today 50 years later it is still not much better as I saw for myself