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Living Jewels from the Indian Jungle

Ashok S. Kothari (Editor) Boman F. Chhapgar (Editor)
Third in the BNHS series of books after the enchanting Sálim Ali's India (1996) and Treasures of Indian Wildlife (2005), this book features paintings and drawings, articles and notes on Indian natural history, from rare sources in the Library collection, and a fresh selection of writings that will excite, edify, and amuse the reader. While including some unique paintings of birds and mammals, the focus of the plates in this book is Himalayan wild flowers.
After a section of excerpts from books, and newspaper/journal articles, some of which illustrate the bloodthirsty field sports of previous centuries, the inimitable story of 'How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin' provides a comic interlude. The second half of the book consists of gleanings from the Miscellaneous Notes section of back issues of the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, which provide interesting observations and accounts illustrating aspects of animal habits and behaviour.
A valuable addition to the collection of any nature enthusiast, this volume along with the previous ones makes a handsome set, providing hours of reading and visual pleasure.
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About the authors

Ashok S. Kothari

Dr. Ashok S. Kothari has been practising medicine in Mumbai for the last three decades, simultaneously pursuing his keen interest in nature and travelling extensively in India and abroad. Under his leadership the National Society of the Friends of the Trees and the Rotary Club of Bombay seacoast have organized large-scale and successful tree-planting drives, and he is known as "Dr. Green" among tree lovers. He served as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Library Sub-committee of the BNHS for many years, led several nature study tours, organized five exhibition of rare books on India and Indian wildlife (many from his own vast collection), and co-edited Salim Ali's India for the Society. He is now working on a Gujarati translation of The Book of Indian Birds.

Boman F. Chhapgar

Dr. Boman F. Chhapgar, former Curator of the Taraporevala Aquarium, Mumbai is an internationally renowned marine biologist. A life Fellow of the International Oceanographic Foundation, Miami, Florida, his portrait hangs in the Gallery of Crustacea in teh Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., USA-one of only two Indian carcinologists thus honoured. He has authored eleven popular books on aquatic life. Incidentally, he has donated blood 109 times.

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Bibliographic information

Title Living Jewels from the Indian Jungle
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.11.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 198064659
length 204p., Color Figures; 34cm.