Bye Bye Mati: A Memoir in a Monsoon Landscape is a nonfiction project supported by The Ford Foundation's South Asia bureau for forests and environment. It is a social ethnography of sorts a book that explores the life history of an aboriginal woman in Karjat, Maharashtra, in Western India. The story is bound up with the story of Sohaila's family, which settled in the village of Tembre 17 years ago. The book explores issues of land, water, culture, communal and caste conflict, family, politics, labor and corruption, among other things. It is a scholarly, yet personal book, in which babies are born, trees are cut, rice is harvested and much tea is drunk.
Read an excerpt here.