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Travel, Sport & Hunting in India & Central America

A.G. Bagot (Author)
Synopsis The author, an accomplished hunter and an Army Officer has recorded the reminiscences of his adventurous life in India and later in Central America during the sixties of the 19th Century. He combines in him the rare qualities of a daring soldier, an accomplished hunter and a keen sportsman and to these traits he combines another quality – a rare one viz. of seasoned writer which makes it an excitingly readable book. He divides the story of his reminiscences into two parts. Part I is exclusively devoted to India where he had enormous opportunities both for sports and hunting. “I doubt if there is any other country in the world where sport flourishes to the extent that it does in India. Whether it be hunting, shooting, racing, cricket or whatever else arrive in what is known as the ‘Gorgeous East’ at the proper season, to find each and everyone in full operation. Certainly so far as races is concerned, India is a veritable nursery garden….”. the book starts with the author’s memorable run with the PVH (Peshawar Vale Hounds) and the various hunting expeditions in the wild country around, his trip to the dense jungles of the then Naini Tal and almora where he had plenty of games shooting, his sports among the snipe and his active participation in the polo and cricket matches have been graphically described. After shooting his first tiger and subsequent hunting trips to Sunderbans (which he describes as the Sunderbans), he describes his narrow escape form death when he suddenly sank into the treacherous mud upto neck, had providential escape when he was spotted in time and was pulled up by a rope extended to him by a native Shikarie and his friends. After taking leave of the ‘Gorgeous East’, he left for England where he stayed for a year or so. But then ‘the spirit of travel and adventure attacked him badly’ and he left for Central America where he had bought a share in a coffee plantation. He managed to get two companions Halifax and Royal whom he persuaded to accompany him to Gautemala. On reaching Central America his first shoot was a large opposum which had been the despoiler of the hen roost of the estate where they stopped before arriving in the city of Guatemala. The brute was skinned there and then, its skin was taken and preserved by the auathor as a memento. He also describes various hunting expeditioins including shooting of jaguars and sharks. Author also describes the scene of battles between the Gautemattecan forces and the army of San Salvador. Here he had to leave on a ‘forced march’ during which he and his companion had to fight some desparate robbers for their lives because he had accidentally killed their leader. The author’s hunting jaunt was cut short because he received urgent summons to England which made him take the decision to leave for home.
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Title Travel, Sport & Hunting in India & Central America
Author A.G. Bagot
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1984
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length viii+371p., 23cm.
Subjects Travel & Tourism