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Capturing Wildlife Moments in India Hardcover – 13 May 2015

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At a modest price for such a lavish work, this is a volume that merits a wide distribution in schools, colleges, and public libraries. (David L. Hawksworth, Biodiversity and Conservation)

This large-format coffee table style book, published in association with BNHS India, presents 120 colour photographs, many spread across two pages, and designed to attract and educate the young adults and children as to the beauty and importance of their Indian wildlife heritage.At a modest price for such a lavish work, this is volume that merits a wide distribution in schools, colleges, and public libraries in India. (D. Hawksworth, Biodiveristy and Conservation)

About the Author

Ashok Mahindra is a wildlife photographer. This is his first book of photographs of the wildlife in India. Ashok is a Chartered Accountant who qualified from England and Wales, and from India. He retired as Co-Chairman of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, and as Senior Partner of A.F. Ferguson and Co. in 2008, after a career of 39 years. He was educated at Doon School, Dehradun, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and St. John's College, Oxford. He is a former Treasurer Trustee and Vice-President of WWF-India.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Edition edition (13 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199460507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199460502
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 2 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Good photography does not restrict itself in just capturing the moment but to capture a real moment and present it as beautifully and vividly as one’s imagination. Capturing Wildlife Moments in India by Ashok Mahindra is a prime example of such presentation.

This coffee-table book contains over 100 photos of animals - from Bengal Tiger to Lion-tailed Macaque, from Nilgai to Hoolock Gibbon and birds – from Black-capped Kingfisher to Painted Stork, from Blue Jay to Pallas’ Fish-eagle collected from over 30 locations of Assam, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and many other.

Along with animal’s common name, location and their importance in particular state all the photographs also captions IUCN status of the species. The equipments and photographic technology used is also mentioned along in some tricky photographs which is beyond my inept understanding but might be quite useful to budding photographers.

Apart from the photographs, the book also features wildlife hotspots, interest places to stay and details about concession packages for school visits; helping in expanding the tourism and thus the growth and preservation of wildlife. Author understands the concern that if nothing is done to preserve and defend the wildlife there will be a time when these animals can be seen only in such books. He has also pointed out what threats some species are facing and firmly believes that inspiring young adults of our country can make a great change in present scenario and give India’s wildlife a future. Overall it is a good book created for a greater cause.
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By Geeta TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 May 2015
Dedicated to young adults by the author, in the hope that they, and through them their children will understand the importance of preserving our forests, rain forests, mangroves, woodlands, wetlands, swampy marshes and mudflats for posterity, 'Capturing Wildlife Moments In India' is a remarkable attempt to introduce the reader to the rich fauna and flora surrounding us. It is an attempt to bring the diverse and vibrant wildlife of India, to the masses through 120 photographic illustrations and short snippets covering wide range of birds and animals that have made India their home. These photographs clicked by the author during the course of his visits to over 30 parks,sanctuaries and other locations in India are eye-catching. The foreword by Mr. Asad R Rahmani, Director, Bombay Natural History Society and the 'Thirteen Ways Forward' by the author himself are worth pondering upon.

Other points worth noting about the book are-


A collection of

Superb 120 photographs clicked during the course of the Author's travels across the length and breadth of the country are testimony to the author's experience and acumen. They introduce us to not only the commonly known and recognized species of the animal kingdom but to also some lesser known ones, ones the ordinary citizen may never ever have come across.

Each photograph is a fine example of the author's determination and dedication. To cite an example- clicking the leopard was no easy task for him. It took him 100+ safaris to finally sight this most elusive animal. However in the end his determination was rewarded and the proof is there before us in Page 12 of the book.


-Brief but informative.
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Book Review: Capturing wildlife moments in India: Excellent Pictures Shot

Capturing Wildlife Moments In India by Ashok Mahindra promises to be a must have for people interested in exploring wildlife in India. It has total hundred and twenty engrossing photographs ranging from all kind of interesting animals and birds found in India. The amount of effort that has gone into visiting more than thirty parks and sanctuaries (and of course locations other than the regular ones) speaks volumes of praise in itself when you look at the photographs that have been taken with a high precision and quality.

The interesting book Capturing Wildlife Moments In India by Ashok Mahindra is being published by OUP (Oxford University Press) in collaboration with BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society). The book will not only be available on most of the online bookstores but also can be purchased from most of the prominently known book retail outlets across India. You can also make a purchase of this fabulous book from the BNHS official website. The price of the book is Rs. One Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty which is worth spending. It is a must to have for all nature lovers for their personal library collection.

The enthralling opening of the book begins with the National Animal of India – the Bengal Tiger which is an endangered species as per IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This Bengal Tiger captured in the first picture is Ustad that is shown enjoying the cool waters in a pool on a hot summer day having a soaring temperature of forty-six degrees Celsius. The picture is taken in Ranthambhore National Park situated in Rajasthan.
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