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November 8, 2018

“The clearest way into the universe is through the forest wilderness” says John Muir.

I am steadily realizing this in the past one decade. Growing up on the banks of the beautiful river Thamirabarani originating in the Western Ghats in South India, my high school vacati...

November 5, 2018

It was a hot summer day in June of 1984, perspiring from a hectic game of soccer I trudged into my school library a skinny sixth grader. The break time gong had sounded, much like a death knell for an exciting soccer game. Though I was not complaining as I loved visiti...

June 9, 2018

'How would you like to go on a duck Shoot ?' ,said Colin Bone, my step-father, to me and my brother Mark. To a 12 and 11 year old boy, this was manna from heaven to my ears . I couldn't think of anything more exciting, and was full of questions about where we were goin...

March 26, 2018

Perhaps it is difficult to imagine being introduced to conservation and environmental studies through tales of hunting. The apparent paradox is undeniable and stark. Now, think of a four-year-old being told to read narratives of a brave hunter, who battled nasty tigers...

My introduction to Kenneth Anderson came thanks to my father who had bought the entire KA collection when it came in the 1970’s. The very first book I recall reading was Nine Man Eaters and One Rogue. I would have been at high school then. Apart from KA, my father’s co...

February 8, 2018

Ever since I can remember, I've been drawn to the forests surrounding my home in Bangalore. Looking back, I think the grandeur of this escape from a confused childhood came from the tales my grandfather, who was a doctor, reeled off of the forests and his friends' skir...

February 5, 2018

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated with old shikar stories of yore especially ones from India. When people think of shikar in India usually one thinks of Jim Corbett. In my case when I first walked into the library down the road from me at age 12 and aske...

February 2, 2018

Jungles have always fascinated me from my childhood when my grandfather was DFO at Ooty in 50s. I saw my first tiger as a five year old on the road to the upper Kargudi guest house. Then my father presented me the book Maneaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett. I got hooked t...