Overview for The Magical Mara: A Family’s Safari
The Magical Mara is the story of a family’s safari in this wilderness, spanning 23 days, in three different parts of the Masai Mara, and co-authored by three generations ranging from the ages of 66 to 6! In 23 days, this safariholic family witnessed and photographed life in the African bush from seven distinct perspectives. Be it big cats mating, their family life, stalking, hunting, charging and fighting; and, of course, the other fascinating fauna and avifauna that inhabit the Mara. “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” —Baroness Karen von Blixen.
Jaisal Singh (Author)
Jaisal Singh first went to Ranthambhore in 1979, aged just eight weeks and has spent a significant amount of time there since. He has been obsessd with wildlife, particularly tigers, since he can remember. Jaisal was the first to observe and document a tiger fighting with and killing a crocodile- the first such record in the natural history of the tiger. His unique footage featured in a wildlife documentary which was aired on the BBC and this apart, he has captured many other rare wildlife sequences on film, both still and moving.
Anjali Singh (Author)
Anjali Singh was educated at the Aiglon College, Switzerland after which she went on to receive a Bachelor's and Master of Arts Degree from the prestigious Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in London. A trained artist, she has recently started to paint tigers in the abstract. She because absorbed by wildlife after her first visit to Ranthambhor in 2004, a love that has found expression both through photography and her paintings. Along with her husband Jaisal, She also spends a few weeks every year photographing while on safari in Africa, an area of the world she cannot get enough of. Anjali is the Creative Director of SUJAN Luxury Hotels, which she runs jointly with Jaisal. In 2009 she designed The Serai, Jaisalmer- SUJAN's Luxury desert camp and spa in the Great Thar Desert.
Valmik Thapar (Author)
Valmik Thapar, one of the worldâ€™s leading tiger conservationists, earned a degree in social anthropology from Delhi University in 1972 and since then has dedicated his life to tiger research and preservation. Thapar has been associated with Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan, northern India, for nearly thirty years. He is the founder and director of the Ranthambhore Foundation, which he created in 1987, an organization devoted to maintaining the ecological balance necessary to protect the tiger and its habitats all over India. Thapar is the author of ten books on tigers, most recently Tiger: The Ultimate Guide (2004), The Cult of the Tiger (2002), Saving Wild Tigers (2001), Wild Tigers of Ranthambhore (2000), and The Land of the Tiger (1997), which accompanied a major BBC-TV series of the same name. Thapar has also written Bridge of God (2001), about the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya, and Battling for Survival (2003), an ecological history of the forests of South Asia. Thapar has appeared in and contributed to a number of documentaries. Since 1992 Thapar has been serving on several expert committees of the Indian government related to tigers and wildlife and is currently a member of the Central Empowered Committee, which was constituted by the Supreme Court of India to Monitor forests and wildlife. He lives in New Delhi.
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