Year of the Weeds

Author: Siddhartha Sarma

Publisher: Duckbill Books

About: Sometimes, Korok, it is best if the sorkar forgets you.’ Korok lives in a small Gond village in western Odisha. His life is in the garden which he tends every day. Anchita lives in the house which has the garden and is an artist. One day, the government tells the Gonds they have to leave the village because a company is going to mine the sacred hill next to it for aluminium ore. The Gonds oppose it, but the mighty government, led by police officer Sorkari Patnaik is determined to win. So is the Company. But how long will the Gond resistance last, when everybody, from politicians to activists and even Maoists turn up at the little village? What can a lone gardener and a girl with a computer do against the most powerful people in the land?

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by Mehr on Year of the Weeds

This book is a refreshing read about the struggles between urban and rural communities. Most importantly, I loved how this book explored a community that is barely mentioned in Indian literature– the Gond tribe.

by Amay Doshi on Year of the Weeds

The book is a very insightful piece of writing which illustrates the incessant discrimination which goes on at the lowers levels of our law enforcement system and creates a journey which any reader can pulled into as there is always an element to relate to. It is simply the truth...

by Tripura Chamy on Year of the Weeds

"When morning comes" by Arushi Raina is an apt representation of the persisting apartheid that plagues South Africa, loved reading this book. It instigates emotions of love, sympathy, patriotism and anger in the reader through its detailed descriptions of the characters and their lives. This book will leave a lasting impact on young readers, I highly recommend it for young avid students.

by Karthika G, Head of Reading, Neev Academy on Year of the Weeds

This is a story that values and celebrates the diversity of voices. In every line, we can see and hear the different characters in the story come alive, vibrant and strong.

Be it Korok, with his quiet sense of humour, his attention to detail, his matter-of-fact relationship with his goat, his bemused wonder at the 'kompitar' ("computer), or his hilarious dislike of 'kek' ("cake"). Or Anchita with her dedication to care for a friend, her unflinching inability to back down from a staring contest, or her diligence to document the sacred groves of the Gonds.

Siddhartha Sarma weaves a story that is tightly plotted, deeply meaningful, and filled with an array of characters so rich that together, they make for an unputdownable book.