Krupa Ge is a writer, editor and columnist from Madras. Rivers Remember, her book on the Chennai floods (2015) was published by Context, an imprint of Westland, in July 2019.
Praise for the Book
Krupa Ge’s soon to be published book, ‘Rivers Remember’ (on the Chennai floods 2015 is an absolute must read. Well written and carefully researched, it brings home the full horror of the catastrophe. This is what the future holds for many cities around the world.
In December 2015, a city drowned when forgotten rivers and built-over lakes came back to reclaim what was rightfully theirs. Weaving together Krupa’s own harrowing experience of the floods with that of others whose lives were forever changed, Rivers Remember also meticulously traces the why and how of what happened. Taut and incisive, this is a cautionary tale that serves to remind us we can only abuse nature so much, while telling the larger story of how urban planning works across India.
Arvind Subramanian (Former Chief Economic Advisor)
Chennai’s history, tradition, culture and people are vital to the idea of a rich, diverse India. The floods that ravaged this great city should never be forgotten to continually remind us of the stakes and hence our responsibilities. Combining historical documents, first-person accounts, interviews and government reports, this painstakingly researched book makes an important contribution to keeping such memories alive.
The Cooum, Adayar and Kosasthalayar rivers carry within their dark waters the future, present and the past of their city—Chennai. In December 2015, that city drowned. From deep within those unforgiving waters, Krupa Ge recovers stories, memories and truths of despair, nostalgia, neglect, discrimination, hope, tragedy, corruption, death and life. Through this telling, she warns us of a dystopian future where 2015 comes to stay, even as the death knell gets louder.
Nisha Susan, Firstpost
…It is this job of contributing to the cultural memory of the disastrous Chennai floods of December 2015 that Krupa Ge’s book does with deceptive simplicity and barely suppressed rage – read full review in Firstpost.
M.R. Venkatesh, Asian Age
…Elegantly blends reflections, reportage, slices from history and moving personal accounts of several of those who suffered the tragedy – read full review in Asian Age.
Himanshu Upadhyaya, Citizen Matters
…For the sake of creating awareness of ground realities among the people, may the tribe of those nameless auditors who studied the Chennai Floods 2015 under the CAG of India and wrote an eminently valuable stand-alone report, as well as of authors like Krupa Ge, grow – read full review in Citizen Matters