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Nature Chronicles of India: Essays on Wildlife

 
Ananda Banerjee (Editor)
Synopsis

[A] range of stories from the heart of action: where communities get involved in wildlife conservation, up-close with elusive and endangered species such as the Asiatic wild dog and the snow leopard.

The incredibly diverse forests and jungles of India have, for centuries, been a source of fascination, curiosity and awe. And, over the years, naturalists, biologists, hunters and gamekeepers Hugh Allen, E.P. Sanderson, Edward Lockwood, Rauf Ali, Kartik Shankar, among others have striven to evoke the sense of wonder they felt, in their works.

Nature Chronicles of India, a compilation of essays on the natural wealth of the country, is divided into two distinct sections. In the first are field narratives by some of the finest biologists, naturalists, filmmakers and journalists working in India at the moment. Essays in this section include Lunch with the Snow Leopard , in which conservation biologist Yash Veer Bhatnagar describes a magical encounter with the grey ghost ; and Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers? , a well-argued piece by reconciliation ecologist Madhusudan Katti in support of viewing conservation as a holistic exercise rather than as one privileging a particular species over the other.

The second section features essays and stories penned by officers of the Raj posted in different parts of British India. An excerpt from Hugh Allen s The Lonely Tiger tells the story of a tiger distraught about having lost his family to poachers; and, The Sal Forests , by the author and hunter Captain James Forsyth, describes his exciting adventures in the region; dodging poisoned arrows, stalking red deer and camping on the hunting ranges of the tiger.

Insightful, comprehensive and informative, this book will excite everyone interested in the natural world.

A selection of some of the fine writings from the colonial period which have inspired many modern-day naturalists.

First section includes thrilling first-person accounts of the modern-day writers, whose work unveils lesser-known species, not commonly discussed.

Second section is a rare collection of essays by stalwarts of nature conservation from the British era.

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About the author

Ananda Banerjee

Ananda Banerjee is a well-known wildlife photographer and a conservationist. His penchant is in black and white photography and close-up pictures of the shiest of animals. He is a graphic artist by profession and currently works with India Today.

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Bibliographic information

Title Nature Chronicles of India: Essays on Wildlife
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 9788129134875
length xii+158p., 22cm.