'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. 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 aluminum ore. The Gonds oppose it, but the mighty government, led by police officer Sorkari Patnaik is determined to win. So is the Company. 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?
Siddhartha Sarma is an author, journalist and historian from Guwahati, Assam. His most recent novel is Year of the Weeds (2018) and his most recent non-fiction work is Carpenters and Kings: Western Christianity and the Idea of India (2019).