Created over nine years, Soul of the Nilgiris is a labour of love and the story of a place told through a personal tapestry of oral narratives, conversations, writings and over 300 photographs.
The book traverses the cultural, ecological, colonial and the now drastically altered landscape of the Blue Mountains situated in the Western Ghat region of southern India, while attempting to draw attention to the lives of its indigenous people and the synergistic way in which they were attuned to the natural world. Their lifestyles were (still are) based on a respectful, reciprocal orientation and a sacred relationship with their land and there is a dire need to give voice to the relevance of this knowledge to the times we live in.
All proceeds from this book will be donated to Keystone Foundation, a registered not for profit Trust based in the Nilgiris.
Text and Photographs : Ramya Reddy
Book Design : Cleber de Campos
Editing : Rohini Mohan
Printing, Prepress : Pragati Offset, Hyderabad
Spine Embroidery : Toda women-artisans
Website : soulofthenilgiris.com by Mrinali Kamath
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