Meera Subramanian on Elemental India: The Natural World at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity

6:00–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi

Jan.
28

Award-winning journalist and Fulbright-Nehru fellow (2013-14) Meera Subramanian for a multimedia presentation exploring the human and global health implications of India’s ravaged environmental landscape. Her narrative nonfiction book, Elemental India: The Natural World at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity, is based on travel across the country, learning about the ordinary people and micro-enterprises determined to guide India into a sustainable future.

About the Book
Publishers’ Weekly gave it a starred review and Kirkus Reviews called it “right thinking and accusatory in all the right places.” Meet 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, meet a bold young woman teaching young adolescents the fundamentals of sexual health. By investigating these five environmental crises, framed around the five elements, Subramanian discovers individual stories that renew hope for a nation that has the potential to create a sustainable and prosperous future, for India, the earth, and all her inhabitants.

About Meera Subramanian
Author and award-winning independent journalist Meera Subramanian writes for national and international publications including Nature, The New York Times, Orion, Caravan and others. Her first book is Elemental India: The Natural World at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity, published by HarperCollins India in 2015. (And as A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka, by PublicAffairs in the USA). Visit her at www.meerasub.org and @meeratweets.