By Jyothi Menon

The Angry Earth

An imaginary tale, told truthfully

There’s no point denying it – our future is at the knife’s edge because of our own mindlessness. Our children are now growing up in vertical cities – apartments that are miles high in the sky. Their feet are not able to develop the intelligence that their soles are capable of. They cannot differentiate between sand and clay. Their naked feet know only the cold of the marble floor or the indifference of the ceramic tiles. If you don’t know your soil, how will you protect it when someone poisons it right under your feet?!

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Jyothi Menon

When the revered Late President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam writes you a letter of appreciation for your first book, you should know there is nothing ordinary about you, the author.

Jyothi Menon is a force of nature. It is very difficult to define her or slot her. As one of the few women leaders in the corporate world, she is an artist with an impressive portfolio of paintings. She brought up her special needs daughter who today is a wonderful artist herself. Amid all this, she has found the space in her life to write with unfettered passion.

Jyothi is now out with her sixth book, The Angry Earth. Written with a rare passion that sees the world through the eyes of a Special Child, Pooja, the book is a fantastical journey with aliens, a shaman, and a geeky genius friend. It is through them that we get to realize the impact of global warming and climate change and why it is necessary to educate the younger generation about the planet that they are inheriting. The Angry Earth immerses us in the rich world of tea estates, indigenous tribes, forests, and ancient traditions long forgotten.

By the time you finish, you are bound to be converted to an eco-warrior. Because Jyothi deeply believes that people like her, the contemporary privileged, those with good jobs who can leverage technology, don’t get involved enough. That is why there is so little support for the indigenous populations and hardly any conversations about them or their habitats. 

The Angry Earth is a heart-felt cry for action. It is imperative to create awareness about protecting our very existence. And it starts first with becoming conscious of the soil beneath our feet.

At this time in human history the landscape reflects human consciousness. When we see, appreciate and value the amazing symbiotic nature of all life living and breathing together, we see paradise. When we look at the works of humans we see whether it is beautiful or ugly and this shows to what extent to which we are conscious.
At this moment in history it is critical that we learn to collaborate as a species on a planetary scale. Our future is being determined by how fully we understand both our ability and our responsibility. We are all called to save human civilization and to serve our Mother Earth. Each of us has this responsibility and it will determine the quality of life for all life coming after us.
My hope is that Jyothi Menon’s book “The Angry Earth” can help young people see beyond the illusion of the materialistic world to a world of life throughout time and space. A world of joy, beauty and kindness. A world where light and love conquers fear and greed. A world in which we walk softly on the beautiful paths of the only planet we know of with an oxygenated atmosphere, a fresh water system, fertile soils and miraculous biodiversity.”
John D. Liu
Ecosystems Ambassador, Commonland Foundation
Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO)
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

I always wondered about the animals and the birds, especially in the rain. I wondered why God didn’t teach them to create nests in places that would shelter them from the rain. I wondered if the chicks and the young of these birds and animals would catch a cold getting drenched in these rains. Wouldn’t they fall sick?

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