Book Review -Travel, Shikar & Conservation

The Song of the Magpie Robin: Zafar Futehally

April 8, 20150 Comments

The Song of the Magpie Robin – A Memoir Rupa Publications 2014 Zafar Futehally It was the attractive cover of the book that caught my eye. I had come across passing references to Zafar Futehally in books on conservation but I was not too sure whether I wanted to buy his ‘Memoir’. It was only […]

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The Wild Life of India: E.P. Gee

March 30, 20151 Comment

The Wild Life of India, Collins 1964 E.P. Gee E.P. Gee was one of the earliest wildlife photographers of India together with his more famous compatriot, F.W. Champion. He led, what one may call, ‘a-dream-life’. A Cambridge educated Anglo-Indian, Edward Pritchard Gee took up employment on the tea estates of Assam in the midst of […]

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Elephant – The Lady Boss

February 25, 20152 Comments

Elephant – The Lady Boss; Vanasuma Prakashana; Chandrashekhar Basappanavar (1998) The Tramp chanced upon this veritable gem while sifting through a row of second hand books in the wildlife section of ‘Blossoms’ a famous bookstore on Bangalore’s Church Street. The store with its impressive collection of books, new and old, on virtually every subject under […]

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Tiger Wallahs

February 13, 20150 Comments

Tiger -Wallahs Geoffrey C. Ward & Diane Raines Ward Oxford University Press 2002 It’s a grim account of the battle being fought to save India’s forests – and of the men at its forefront. The indefatigable Fateh Singh Rathore- the Tiger of Ranthambore made famous by his pupil – Valmik Thapar – a prolific wildlife […]

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Books by Sher Jung

April 21, 20143 Comments

Sher Jung, the legendary freedom fighter, hunter turned conservationist and author was born on 27th November, 1904 at Haripur Khol, a sleepy hamlet on the fringe of the dense forests of Kalesar. His father, Chaudhury Partap Singh, was the Collector of the princely State of Sirmaur. Sher Jung is said to have dropped out from […]

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Books by Jim Corbett

October 24, 20131 Comment

Edward James (Jim) Corbett was born to English parents in 1875 at Nainital. His father was the postmaster of the town. The family owned a cottage at Kaladhungi, a picturesque village on the eastern fringe of the national reserve that Jim eventually helped to establish to save the magnificent Bengal tiger that he had so […]

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The Fall of a Sparrow

September 27, 20130 Comments

‘The Fall of a Sparrow’, is an autobiography by Salim Ali and was originally published by the Oxford University Press in 1985. An illustrated adaptation that incorporated some interesting black-and-white pictures from Salim Ali’s collection and also the drawings of birds by famous artists was released by OUP in 2007. It was this later illustrated […]

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