Author: Mahesh Rangarajan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195655419
This volume brings together a wide-ranging selection of writings about the hunt in its myriad forms, from the days of the Raj to the present times. The accounts included here have become a record of vanishing ecosystems.
This volume brings together a wide-ranging selection of writings about the hunt in its myriad forms, from the days of the Raj to the present times. The accounts included here have become a record of vanishing ecosystems, illuminating the behavior and ecology of species that now exist only in isolated pockets of have vanished entirely from the region.
This book provides an insight into the various hunting techniques of tribal and peasant hunters, sahibs and princes, and trappers. The highly evocative essays and anecdotes offer vivid accounts of the hunt, and the thrill and terror involved.
A rich resource for scholars and specialists, this selection also makes a delectable book for general readers.
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS:
This immaculately edited anthology will hopefully remind us of the fact that what little we're left with is more valuable than ever before. It is a must for anyone even remotely interested in our living world.
- Indian Review of Books
A valuable repository of information, relevant even today. This sort of reading should permeate down to the macro-level of our education system.
Taken together, these two volumes are a veritable golden treasury on Indian wildlife.
- The Statesman
Mahesh Rangarajan and Oxford have done a great service by making available this anthology.
- India Today
Introduction: Cheetah Hunts, Tiger Tracks
PART I: SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE
A Lion Shoot in Haryana
Hunting Large Animals
Sport in Lower Bengal
Game Animals and Birds of the Plains
Rhinos, Javan and Indian
Hunting the Houbara
Sport in Upper Burma: Sumatran Rhino
A Wild Buffalo Hunt in Bastar
PART II: ON HILL AND MOUNTAIN
Himalayan Black Bears
The Nilgiri Wild Goat
The Kashmir Stag
Stalking the Gaur
PART III: PRINCES AND SAHIBS
Panther Shoots with Ranji
A Viceroy’s Game Diary
A ‘Criminal’ Lion in Kathiawar
Visitors and Big Game
PART IV: TRAPPERS AND TRACKERS
Elephant-Catching in Mysore
My Shikaree Friends
How to Trap and Train a Cheetah
Cheetah in the Kolhapur Deccan
Following the Lion’s Trail: The Lion Trackers of Mytiala
Gulam Hussain Baazdaar: The Falconer
Aboriginal Methods Employed in Killing and Capuring Game
A Novel Method of Destroying Man-eaters and Cattle-lifters
PART V: MAN-EATERS AND ROGUES
The Panar Man-eater
The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag
The Man-Eater of Segur
The Crossed Tusker of Gerheti
Tigers in Bastar
On Corbett’s Trail: Tracking the Man-eater