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Year of the Weeds

Shortlisted | Book Awards 2019 | English Fiction

Year of the Weeds

Author: Siddhartha Sarma
Publisher: Duckbill Books

Award Category: English Fiction

About the Book: 

‘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.

Then 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. Korok knows a lot about wild flowers, and nothing much about the rest of the world, though the two friends are not going to give up.

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?

About the Author: 

Siddhartha Sarma is an author and journalist based in Delhi. His first teen novel The Grasshopper's Run won the Crossword Book Award and the Sahitya Akademi Award for Children's Literature. His other books include the travelogue East Of The Sun and two works of non-fiction: 103 Journeys, Voyages, Trips and Stuff and 103 Historical Mysteries, Puzzles, Conundrums and Stuff. He hopes to have a garden of his own someday.

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Arefa Tehsin
Tanya Singh

One of the best books of recent times

I read Year of the Weeds in two days. What a poignant, unputdownable and well-timed novel by a very talented author Siddhartha Sarma!
We are suffering an epoch of weeds at present. The fiery Anchita makes me look within and realise how I can better myself as a person. And Korok’s rare smile gives me the hope that we can, maybe, with perseverance and wit, de-weed our gardens and our age and times.
Ah… what a beautiful garden Korok has. Wish I could I linger there a little longer…

5 months ago

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