HarperCollins India announced that it has acquired the publishing rights for Gidla’s much talked about book, “Ants Among Elephants”. The publishing house has bought the rights for all languages in the Indian subcontinent.
Gidla was just another New Yorker, working as a conductor on the city Subway. But her recent memoir has thrust her into the limelight as the title portrays her memories of growing up as a Dalit woman in India along with the many instances of “discrimination and humiliation” that she and her family were customarily subjected to.
In her memoir, Gidla also looks at the struggles of women like her mother, who have pursued careers in the face of extreme obstacles.
Gidla initially worked as a developer in software design, then moved to banking but lost her job in 2009 during the economic crisis. Finally, she took up the job of a conductor at the New York Subway.