The Edalippara Quintet: Anshila Devi, Uma Devi, Kalpana, Vaidehi and Jasmine
Rural India

The Potato Song

You read about the wilderness library. Here is the wilderness school, where adorable tribal girls sing English songs in a village that doesn’t speak English, in honor of the potato that they don’t eat. […]

The women farmers of Edamalakudi
Rural India

Solar panels & solidarity

The adivasi women of Edamalakudi, Kerala’s remotest panchayat, have formed a headload workers’ group, helped light up their villages with solar power, and practice group farming in wild elephant territory. All are Muthavan tribals. Almost all are members of Kerala’s extraordinary anti-poverty and gender justice movement – Kudumbashree. They are also neighbours of Chinnathambi, the keeper of the Wilderness Library. pic: Madhuraj, Mathrubhumi Weekly […]

P.V. Chinnathambi Irpakalukudi, Edmalakudi panchayat Idukki district Kerala
Rural India

The wilderness library

At 73, P.V. Chinnathambi runs one of the loneliest libraries anywhere. In the middle of the forested wilderness of Kerala’s Idukki district, the library’s 160-books — all classics — are regularly borrowed, read, and returned by poor, Muthavan adivasis […]