About the book
‘A poignant and evocative collection that reflects and explores the poet’s Indian heritage in a New Zealand setting – an imaginative response to a new country.’
— Majella Cullinane
With themes of longing, transition and memory, On Elephant’s Shoulders explores the poet’s South Indian heritage relocated to New Zealand and tries to unlayer the complexity of the migrant experience.
For Sudha this has meant experiencing the riches of a new culture and a new landscape while managing the realities of marginalisation. And ultimately a transformation into a person of the Pacific, still grounded in her family and her Hindu beliefs.