Author: Mahesh Rangarajan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195655427
The last century has witnessed a remarkable change in attitudes to wildlife, with the focus shifting from conquest or slaughter towards conservation. This volume brings together wildlife writing from the days of the Raj to the present times.
The last century has witnessed a remarkable change in attitudes to wildlife, with the focus shifting from conquest or slaughter towards conservation. This volume brings together wildlife writing from the days of the Raj to the present times, and celebrates the transformation from gun too camera. The narratives of tiger shikar bring the naturalist to the fore, and some memorable depictions include Corbett’s stage in the mountains, a chance meeting with the lions of Gir Forest on foot, and Salim Ali’s portrayal of the ‘city of flamingoes’.
The celebration of India’s amazing array of wildlife will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and general readers, and prove highly useful for scholars and specialists.
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: From Tiger to Flamingo
PART I: TIGER! TIGER!
The Largest Tiger?
The Bachelor of Powalgarh
Tigers on Foot
PART II: ANIMAL WATCHING: THE PIONEERS
Tigers in the Wild
What is the Use of Leopards?
Vigil on a Pine Tree
An April Day in the Gir Forest
Mainly about Lions
Stopping by the Woods on a Sunday Morning
The Big Bull Bison of Gedesal
From Killer to Conservation
A Day’s Span of Life
Fights to the Death
PART III: THE LIVING LANDSCAPE
Our Wildlife: A Great Legacy Dissipated
Spring in the Forest
Dhole: Dog of the Indian Jungle
‘Lion Shows’ in the Gir Forest: At Home with Humans
Waiting for the Tiger
The Rhino of Kaziranga
In the Company of Elephants
Let Nature Take Its Course
The Riddled Ridley
The Tigress, Her Cubs and the Father
Chennai’s Patch of Green