Literary Animal

•October 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I started a new blog http://sangamithra.wordpress.com/ that I’m calling Literary Animal. I will post things literary, animal or both, and it will be musings on writing, reading and being(s).

In Search of Sacred Cows

•August 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

See latest videos I narrated for Brighter Green with some footage from our trip in 2009:

“In this new two-part video series, Brighter Green examines the challenges and effects of India’s beef and dairy industries.”

Double-click to view full screen.

Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice

•July 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I just received my contributor copy of Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice, edited   by Lisa Kemmerer.  Very honored to be included with all these women. Contributors are Carol J. Adams, Tara Sophia Bahna-James, Karen Davis, Elizabeth Jane Farians, Hope Ferdowsian, Linda Fisher, Twyla François, Christine Garcia, A. Breeze Harper, Sangamithra Iyer, Pattrice Jones, Lisa Kemmerer, Allison Lance, Ingrid Newkirk, Lauren Ornelas, and Miyun Park.

My essay “Small Small Redemption” is about my time in Cameroon volunteering for a chimpanzee sanctuary and coming into awareness of how logging, hunting and big oil are disrupting the forests and the many beings within them.  It is a personal story that explores the linkages of environmental destruction and economic disparities.  It is also a story of mothers and babies and the trauma of breaking that bond.

More about the Book:

“Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice addresses interconnections between speciesism, sexism, racism, and homophobia, clarifying why social justice activists in the twenty-first century must challenge intersecting forms of oppression.

This anthology presents bold and gripping–sometimes horrifying–personal narratives from fourteen activists who have personally explored links of oppression between humans and animals, including such exploitative enterprises as cockfighting, factory farming, vivisection, and the bushmeat trade. Sister Species asks readers to rethink how they view “others,” how they affect animals with their daily choices, and how they might bring change for all who are abused. These essays remind readers that women have always been important to social justice and animal advocacy, and they urge each of us to recognize the links that continue to bind all oppressed individuals. The astonishing honesty of these contributors demonstrates with painful clarity why every woman should be an animal activist and why every animal activist should be a feminist.”

A Portrait of An Activist as a Young (and Old) Man

•July 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I recently  reviewed Joseph Lelyveld’s biography of Mahatma Gandhi for the lovely folks over at Our Hen House.   I chose to focus on a few things I gleaned about activism and those which I thought would be relevent to share with activists.   See review of Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India here.

Interview with Minal Hajratwala

•May 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Check out Issue 4 of the Tottenville Review which includes my interview with the fabulous Minal Hajratwala and her impressive book, Leaving India, My families Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents.   This book is a well-researched and beautifully crafted story of the Indian Diaspora.