Snigdha Poonam is a national affairs writer with The Hindustan Times in Delhi. Her work has appeared in Scroll, The Caravan, The Times of India, The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, The Atlantic, and The Financial Times. Her article 'Lady Singham’s Mission Against Love' was runner-up in the Bodley Head / Financial Times Essay Prize, 2015. She won the 2017 Journalist of Change award of Bournemouth University for an investigation of student suicides that appeared on Huffington Post. Dreamers is her first book. It won 2018’s Crossword Book Award (Jury) for nonfiction and was longlisted for PEN America Literary Awards. Dreamers also featured in various publications’ best books of 2018 including The Financial Times’ and The Hindu’s.
As competition for jobs among India’s youth intensifies, the offer of a lucrative career in a call centre can be difficult to turn down – even if the work turns out to be operating a scam.
A study of young lives in small-town India paints a deeply troubling picture of economic anxiety and rising chauvinism.