Ants Among Elephants: An untouchable family and the making of modern India by Sujatha Gidla

‘Ants Among Elephants,’ a memoir about the persistence of caste

Ants Among Elephants: An untouchable family and the making of modern India
Sujatha Gidla
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani
New York Times July 17, 2017

In this unsentimental, deeply poignant book, Sujatha Gidla gives us stories of her family and friends in India — stories she had thought of as “just life,” until she moved to America at the age of 26 and realized that the “terrible reality of caste” did not determine one’s identity in other countries, that being born “an untouchable” did not entail the sort of ritualized restrictions and indignities she took for granted at home  Read the full New York Times review

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