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A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka (PublicAffairs 2015) explores the human and global health implications of India’s ravaged landscape. Traveling across India, Subramanian tells the stories of ordinary people and micro-enterprises who are determined to guide India into a sustainable future. By framing the stories of five environmental crises around the five elements, she introduces readers to an organic farmer who is reviving his land after the onslaught of the Green Revolution; villagers in Rajasthan who are resuscitating a river run dry; cook stove designers questing after a smokeless fire; and biologists bringing vultures back from the brink of extinction. And in Bihar, one of India’s most impoverished states, they meet a bold young woman teaching young adolescents the fundamentals of sexual health. Subramanian finds hope for a nation that has the potential to create a sustainable and prosperous future — and a model for the world. Short-listed for the Orion Book Award, Publishers’ Weekly gave it a starred review, and Kirkus Reviews called it “right thinking and accusatory in all the right places.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert said it is “at once sweeping and intimate—a smart, informative, richly reported book full of memorable characters.”
—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