On Art and Aesthetics

Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India by Sujatha Gidla (2017, HarperCollins)

Sometime last year, while going through my Facebook news feed, I came across an interesting story on the BBC titled “The defiance of an ‘untouchable’ New York subway worker“. It was on a woman named Sujatha Gidla (@gidla_sujatha, Author.SujathaGidla), who recently wrote the book Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India.

Gidla hails from the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, grew up in the slum of Elwin Peta in the city of Kakinda, studied physics at the Regional Engineering College, Warangal, worked as a research associate at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, appeared for GRE, moved to America at the age of twenty-six, studied for a while, worked in technology, then was laid off during the financial crisis. Since…

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