“Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” contains 120 photographs of animals and birds of India, photographed from visits to over 30 parks,sanctuaries and other locations.”
WHY I READ THE BOOK
I received a copy for review from Saveus Wildlife India. The reason I said yes was because it was a long long time since I had read a picture book on wildlife.
The one I had read was on the Amazon Jungle. (I forget the publisher, but it was a renowned publishing house. The book was hardcover and worth 1000s of rupees.)
This book is picturised completely in India. I am dead afraid of serious carnivorous wildlife like lions and tigers and other members of the cat family (except cat). It is unlikely that I will roam these locations myself. So I picked it up.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THE BOOK
The book is authored by Ashok Mahindra – the pictures and the snippets both by him. He comes across as very passionate about wildlife conservation – a domain most of us have conveniently blocked out from our conscious memory.
The photographs are indeed carefully taken and some of them are absolutely rare – like those of the rhinoceros and the elephants.
The book has been backed by the Director of BNHS. I have a t-shirt from them, bought at the Kalaghoda fest 2011.
It is roughly divided into 11 sections consisting of the photographs, information about each species, the wildlife parks which house them, the ongoing conservation attempts, and the accommodation/travel facilities for visiting the exact spots where the photographs were taken.
At 85 pages, the book takes considerably more time to finish than you would imagine, as one sits absorbed into every photograph on each page.
WHAT I LIKED
The book covers a lot of endangered species and normal but dwindling species in their natural habitats at their natural best. None of the photos seem to have disturbed their natural peace. A very rare photograph of the brown winged kingfisher had me go ‘Wow’.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
I was expecting a hard-cover review copy. I was disappointed when I had to make do with a PDF document which was difficult to scale to read on my laptop. I guess hardcover copies of such books are very expensive, thus the arrangement.
IN A NUTSHELL
You should certainly pick it up as a prized (and priced 😉 ) possession for your bookshelf. An occasional read once in a while will remind you about the abundant wildlife of our country and our duty towards protecting it. Who knows, you will start helping out the sparrows and humming birds with water, honey and grains!