GODS IN SHACKLES by Sangita Iyer

by: Sangita Iyer

In 2013 Sangita Iyer visited her childhood home of Kerala, India, where over 700 Asian elephants were forced to perform in crowded, noisy festivals. These gentle creatures who people claimed to revere were chained, abused and exploited for the entertainment of tourists and for profit. Her account reminds us of the importance of the relationship between humans and other animals and reveals the yawning gap between how we treat ourselves and how we treat them. It also draws the author to reflect on the shackles that a patriarchal society has placed on her. Ultimately though the book is inspirational as we are all encouraged to speak up for beings who are suppressed and victimized, and we can see how the author’s work to save the elephants has ultimately saved her. The foreword is by Jane Goodall.

304pp, 215 x 135 mm, Paperback, 2022, RRP £12.99

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