“A filigree of cautionary and celebratory stories—voiced with dignified passion.”— Christian Science Monitor
"This is investigative journalism as story: fact-filled but optimistic, rueful and inviting. ...right thinking and accusatory in all the right places.” —Kirkus Reviews
“While reporting on environmental issues can sometimes overwhelm or burden the reader with guilt, Subramanian thwarts this risk by providing refreshing glimpses of individuals and organizations working against the problems India faces. Her work is engaging, informative, and eminently readable.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
In this lyrical and intimate tapestry of five stories dealing with life, loss, and survival in modern-day India, Meera Subramanian travels in search of the ordinary people and micro-enterprises rescuing India's natural world from crisis. An engineer-turned-farmer brings organic food to Indian plates. Villagers revive a dead river. Well-intentioned cook stove designers quest after a smokeless fire. Biologists bring vultures back from the brink of extinction. And in Bihar, one of India’s most impoverished states, a bold young woman teaches young adolescents the fundamentals of sexual health and in the process, unleashes their untapped potential. In these true stories, Subramanian discovers both cautionary tales and renewed hope for a sustainable and prosperous future for India.
—Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
—Dan Fagin, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
—Mira Kamdar, author of Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World