Animal Intimacies: Beastly Love in the Himalayas

Editor | Non-fiction

What does it mean to live and die in relation to other animals?

What do we really know of the intimate – and intense – moments of care, kinship, violence, politics, indifference and desire that occur between humans and non-human animals?

Built on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the mountain villages of India’s Central Himalayas, Radhika Govindarajan’s book, Animal Intimacies: Beastly Love in the Himalayas (Hardback, Pages 240, Price Rs 599) explores the number of ways humans and animals interact to cultivate relationships as interconnected, related beings. Whether it is through the study of the affect and ethics of animal sacrifice, analysis of the right-wing political project of cow-protection, or examination of the villagers’ talk about bears who abduct women and have sex with them, Govindarajan illustrates that multispecies relatedness relies on both difference and ineffable affinity between animals.

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