Dr Lexi Stadlen is an anthropologist and ethnographer with a PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. She spent two and a half years living and conducting on-the-ground research in India. Sixteen months of this was in a remote village in the West Bengal lowlands, where she learnt the local language and over time, came to develop a deep understanding of the women's lives and experiences. She is the winner of the 2019 Bayly Prize, awarded by the Royal Asiatic Society for an outstanding thesis on an Asian topic completed at a British university in the preceding year. She now lives in London with her husband, son and their adopted Mumbai street cat Shiva.