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Anderson, more famous for hunting maneating tigers, finds in a wily panther a real challenger to his hunting acumen. There are thrills, failures, disappointments and at long last, the elusive success. He tells the real - life adventure story set in the deep jungle, with snakes, bisons and of course tigers, with unique verve and color which only he is capable off.
Called upon to rid affected locality of the prowling man eaters, Anderson the hunter rises to the occasion. Step by step he takes the reader through the adventure, explaining his modus operandi and the terrible excitement and lurking danger. Stirring tales of wild animal's cunning pitted against human wit and presence of mind told by the ace hunter and master story teller himself.
Hailed as the best of all Anderson's books, The Tiger Roars reminds one of the man-eating tigers he had tracked down, ferocious panthers fond of human blood, the ageing elephant meeting a sad end, and his own adventurous hours spent in the primeval jungles of India.
Nine Man Eaters and One Rogue narrate the hunting episodes of several man - eating tigers, leopards and a rogue elephant that roamed the southern Indian jungles of Mysore, Chennai, Hyderabad and northern Malabar.
Ace hunter and wildlife chronicler Kenneth Anderson recalls real life jungle tales, some macabre and some incredible, of adventures in pursuit of man eating tigers and leopards. He brings the animal and human characters alive against the background of the jungle and the excitement and danger their co - existence generates.
Taking a holiday from big game hunting, Anderson lovingly reminisces about his exciting days and star-lit nights spent amidst the simple folks inhabiting the fringes of dark forests. There are Byra the Poojari, who taught him jungle lore, Ranga the shikari, happy with his gun and game, Mumptyvayan the bandit, betrayed and murdered by a woman, and many others. An altogether new Anderson with human compassion to match his hunting passion.
Anderson's love-hate relationship with panthers and tigers who terrorised the villagers and were eventually hunted down by the author in hair-raising encounters is legendary. In this book the jungle scenario is crowded with a hyena, a jackal, a bear, a barking deer and a few snakes which the hunter-writer tamed and kept as pets around him.
The Fall of a Sparrow tells the real life story of adventure and self-discovery of S!lim Ali, India's original bird man. Chronicling an era gone by and vividly describing forgotten landscapes, this engaging tale describes how a childhood curiosity for nature and an intrepid adventuring spirit led to an unusual career choice. Eighty-seven at the time of writing and an internationally renowned figure, Ali vividly describes his childhood adventures in the wild and subsequent expeditions to almost every part of the Indian subcontinent. The birdwatching stories are interspersed with lively details of family life and youthful adventuring. The more than 100 visuals-comprising photographs, line drawings, and paintings of birds by past masters like G.M. Henry, J.P. Irani, and C.J.F. Coombs-are an unusual feature of this adapted edition. These paintings were originally prepared for the ten-volume Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan (OUP, 1971) which continues to be in print even today. The colour plate section, featuring some of these paintings in their original avatar, makes this illustrated edition a delight both for young readers and for collectors.
Conserving natural habitats and wildlife, protecting forest communities, reducing human-animal conflict, promoting eco-friendly practices-these issues are of increasing importance in twenty-first century India. Interestingly, the triumvirate of Jim Corbett, Verrier Elwin, and S!lim Ali addressed these concerns in the 1940s, much before they featured on the public radar. Including rare visuals-photographs, line drawings, and sketches-this illustrated edition brings together the life stories of Jim Corbett (1875-1955), India's most well-known hunter-conservationist; Verrier Elwin (1902-1964), one of the greatest champions of India's tribal peoples; and S!lim Ali (1896-1987), the celebrated ornithologist. These perennial classics rarely lose sight of the long-term effects of human footprints in the natural world. The Introduction by acclaimed historian and writer Ramachandra Guha looks at these timeless classics with a contemporary eye. Coloured by the authors' characteristic charm and verve, anybody enjoying good writing will find this book eminently readable, as also those interested in wildlife and conservation, birdwatching, anthropology, ecology, and the social history of modern India.
Popularly known as India's latter-day Jim Corbett and 'tiger man', Billy Arjan Singh is by any standards an extraordinary man. In this affectionate biography, the British author tells the story of a man absolutely dedicated to the cause of animals, who has given fifty years of his own life to their conservation.
ABOUT PROTECTION OF SPECIES, PARTICULARLY TIGER AND BIG CATS.
This volume collects together the best of the writings of Billy Arjan Singh, one of India's most active conservationists.
In July 1976, Arjan Singh collected a tiger cub From Twy cross Zoo. Tara, as she was named, was brought to Tiger Haven, the author's farm in Uttar Pradesh and reared by him in the hope of returning her to the wild. This is Taras story. An intimate account.
Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India for sixteen years, was as charismatic as she was controversial-at once admired and criticized for her political judgements and actions. Yet beyond such debate, what has not been fully understood is her life-long communion with nature and how that defined her very being. Weaving personal, political and environmental history, politician-scholar Jairam Ramesh narrates the compelling story of Indira Gandhi, the naturalist. He tells us why and how she came to make a private passion a public calling; how her views on the environment remained steadfast even as her political and economic stances changed; how her friendships with conservationists led to far-reaching decisions to preserve India's biodiversity; how she urged, cajoled and persuaded her colleagues as she took significant decisions particularly regarding forests and wildlife; and how her own finely-developed instincts and beliefs resulted in landmark policies, programmes, initiatives, laws and institutions, that have endured. Drawing extensively from unpublished letters, notes, messages and memos, Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature offers a lively, conversational narrative of a relatively little known but fascinating aspect of Indira Gandhi's tumultuous life. Equally, the book acts as a compass to India at a time when the country faces the formidable challenge of ensuring ecological security and sustainability in its pursuit of high economic growth.
Dr M.K. Ranjitsinh has had an unparalleled role in India's wildlife conservation history. He was the prime architect of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 and of the Central government schemes to assist national parks and sanctuaries. His passion for saving endangered species continues after his retirement, whether in planning the relocation of the Asiatic lion from Gir forest, the reintroduction of the cheetah into the grasslands of central India, or in saving from extinction the Kashmir stag, the Manipur brow-antlered deer and the Great Indian bustard. A Life with Wildlife traces the course of wildlife from the princely and British era to the present and shows how wildlife conservation efforts in India have always emanated from the upper echelons of power. The book reveals the challenges of conservation in a democracy like India, and how to counteract them. There is also a candid, never-revealed-before account of the Bhopal gas tragedy from someone who played a pivotal role in its aftermath. This delightful first-hand narrative is in its essence the history of nature conservation in India, by a person who was part of it and contributed to it, during its most tumultuous period.
Every year, our planet loses over 150 species of plants and animals, and India is very much in the midst of this mass 'sixth extinction'. We are losing species in our backyard-where are the once ubiquitous sparrows, or the fireflies that lit up our nights? And in the forests, iconic species like the great Indian bustards are down to a hundred, while flamingoes are poised to be wiped off the map of India.
The Vanishing takes an unflinching look at the unacknowledged crisis that India's wildlife faces, bringing to fore the ecocide that the country's growth story is leaving in its wake-laying to waste its forests, endangering its wildlife, even tigers whose increasing numbers shield the real story of how development projects are tearing their habitat to shreds. It tells us why extinction matters, linking the fate of wildlife to ours. The end of the gharial, an ancient crocodilian, signifies that the clear, fast-flowing rivers that are our lifelines are stilled and poisoned. The author deconstructs the raging human-wildlife conflict to show wild elephants as peaceable creatures and weaves a beautiful tale of their bond with their protectors.
With the high-decibel development versus environment debate dominating headlines, the book reveals how the 'development at all costs' model threatens our ecological and economic security. The author travels to far-flung forests to give an eyewitness account, and an insider's view of India's vanishing natural heritage. The Vanishing is a sharp and stirring read about today's desperate scenarios, and the quest for hope for a wild India.
If Ernest Hemingway were to write about ecology and nature, he would have written like Krishnan. - The Indian Express Of Birds and Bird song is a masterpiece of great nature writing, natural history and wit at its best, by one of Indias greatest naturalists ever. A must read for anybody who is a nature enthusiast or who simply loves prose and is surely a collectors delight! - The Hindu You should read this book if you know nothing about birds and equally, if you marvel at them or enjoy watching them and listening to their calls. - Outlook India is home to over a thousand species of birds ranging from glittering sun-birds, peacocks and pheasants through to unassuming inhabitants of town and countryside like crows, sparrows and pigeons to those that are rare and threatened like the Indian Bustard. In this book, many of them are brought to vivid life by one of the countrys greatest naturalists and nature writers. M. Krishnans prose is studded with evocative descriptions of nature, literary allusions, stylistic flourishes, humor and most rewardingly, precise observations and original insights into over a hundred species of birds in a variety of habitats. This is a work that will delight bird lovers of every stripe. As Zafar Futehally, one of the countrys best known ornithologists, says in his forward, every piece in this collection has something even for the seasoned naturalist and even his description of common events holds your interest because of the writing.
On a warm evening in the Seeonee hills, a family of wolves finds someone at the threshold of their cave-a human child, who knows nothing of the world of men. Adopted by Father Wolf, the man-cub Mowgli grows up with the pack in the Jungle.
Mowgli begins his journey and learns the law of the Jungle with the help of his new-found friends: Bagheera the wise Panther and lovable old Baloo. Together they face many dangers and adventures, as Mowgli comes face-to-face with Shere Khan the tiger and the Bandar-Log.
Embark on this adventurous journey with Mowgli, Rikki-tikki-tavi, Little Toomai and many others, as you read the enchanting 'The Jungle Book'. escapade to the other, let Kipling take you into a world of fantasy.
The tiger has captured the imagination of human beings from the beginning of recorded history. It has been feared, worshipped, admired, hunted, studied, photographed, written about, immortalized in art and poetry and has enthralled king and commoner alike. Tiger Fire celebrates this magnificent predator by bringing together the very best non-fiction writing, photography and art on the Indian tiger from the first written description of a real-life encounter with the animal by the Mughal Emperor Babur in the sixteenth century to photographs and studies of the last of the species surviving in the wild today.Conceived and edited by the world's foremost authority on the Indian tiger, Valmik Thapar (who has also contributed many pieces and photographs to this volume), the book's contributors are drawn from an array of renowned naturalists, writers, photographers and tiger enthusiasts down the centuries including Babur, Akbar, Francois Bernier, Thomas Roe, R.G. Burton, Walter Campbell, Thomas Williamson, F.W. Champion, Kesri Singh, Jim Corbett, Hugh Allen, Richard Perry, Arjan Singh, George Schaller, Kenneth Anderson, M. Krishnan, Peter Jackson, Fateh Singh Rathore, Kim Sullivan, Tejbir Singh, Jaisal and Anjali Singh, Aditya 'Dicky' Singh, K. Ullas Karanth, Dharmendra Khandal and Dhritiman Mukherjee. Culled from over a million words (both published and unpublished) on the animal and several thousand photographs, the accounts and pictures assembled in this book show us the tiger in extraordinary and compelling detail.
The book contains stories and reports of tiger hunts, attacks on humans by tigers, fights between the tiger and other animals such as the leopard, the bison, the wild dog, the boar and the elephant, narratives about tigers rearing their young, finding mates and wild tigers forging bonds with humans.
Using his unequalled knowledge of wild tigers, derived from almost forty years of observing them in their natural habitat, Valmik Thapar has put together the most ambitious book ever published on the tiger in India. A lasting testimonial to an animal that has dazzled the human race, Tiger Fire will be treasured by everyone who possesses it.
The richness of India's birdlife has been celebrated for centuries. In this book, perhaps the most beautiful book on Indian birds ever published, renowned naturalist Valmik Thapar brings together the finest writing and photographs on our birds. The book also features a specially commissioned essay on the behaviour and distribution of Indian birds by the well-known birder Ramki Sreenivasan. India has more than 1,200 species of birds. The richness and diversity of the country's birdlife has been celebrated by thousands of ornithologists, birders and amateur naturalists for hundreds of years. Winged Fire brings together the best accounts, pictures and art on our birds. Contributors include luminaries like Babur, Abu'l-Fazl, Jahangir, Francois Pyrard, Edward Hamilton Aitken, Douglas Dewar, Jim Corbett, Colonel Kesri Singh, F. W. Champion, Salim Ali, E. P. Gee, A. Mervyn Smith, Hugh Allen, Kenneth Anderson, M. Krishnan, Khushwant Singh, R. S. Dharmakumarsinhji, E. R. C. Davidar, Zafar Futehally, Ruskin Bond, A. J. T. Singh, Peter Smetacek, Irwin Allan Sealy, Rishad Naoroji, and Bulbul Sharma. An essay by Ramki Sreenivasan provides a detailed account of the major species and their distribution, behaviour and habitats. Winged Fire is the last book in the trilogy-that also includes Wild Fire and Tiger Fire-put together by Valmik Thapar; taken together, these books give the reader an extraordinary view of India's wildlife.
Valmik Thapar first went to Ranthambhore, in 1976, at the age of twenty-three. He was a city boy, unsure of what lay ahead. When he entered the forest, which would go on to become one of the last strongholds of wild tigers, it had a profound effect on him, changing his life forever.
For the next forty years, he studied nearly 200 Ranthambhore tigers, spending every waking moment in close proximity to these magnificent animals. Of the various tigers he observed a handful became extra special and it is these which come to glorious life in this book. They include Padmini, the Queen Mother, the first tiger the author got to know well; Genghis, the master predator, who invented a way of killing prey in water, the first time this had been observed anywhere in the world; Noon, one of his all-time favourites, who received her name because she was most active in the middle of the day; Broken Tooth, an exceptionally gentle male; Laxmi, a devoted mother, whose methods of raising her cubs revolutionized tiger studies; Machli, the most famous tigress in Ranthambhore and several more.
Here are exciting tales of hair breadth escapes and thrilling encounters in the wild stories of man's relationships with other living creatures, furred or feathered, fierce or friendly.
rguably the best-known of Jim Corbett's books, Man-eaters of Kumaon comprises ten stories, each of which details Corbett's encounters with various dangerous man-eaters in the Himalayan region. With fascinating tales such as 'The Champawat Man-eater', in which Corbett recounts how he hunted down a tigress who had reportedly killed 436 people in the Champawat region; 'Robin', a tribute to Corbett's faithful spaniel who accompanied him on many a hunt and 'The Bachelor of Powalgarh', the story of the most sought-after big cat in the United Provinces from 1920 to 1930, this collection is sure to send your heartbeat racing. Enlivened by an introduction by Ruskin Bond, this book, that made Corbett famous in India and abroad, is a must-read for fans of adventure stories and jungle lore.
Jim Corbett's classic stories of man-eaters have made him a legend in India. This colorfully-written collection contains classic tales about the human beings who lived in the poignant rural world of the Indian foothills. Corbett, here, displays great sympathy and concern for these people through his sharp observations of their village life, traditions, and culture. Engaging the reader with great force, these stories will serve as an indispensable supplement for anyone who has enjoyed Corbett's narrative gifts before.