- 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: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Capturing Wildlife Moments in India Hardcover – 13 May 2015
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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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.
Photography, like every other art, should be unburdened with the concern of how much trouble the artist went through or what he/she is trying to say or even how the art looks like; all that matters is how it makes you feel. If you have affection towards wildlife or nature at its best, only then this book will be a justifiable recommendation for you. In this age where millions of pictures are available on the internet just a few clicks away and ebooks are making coffee-table books obsolete, such books acts only as a display artifact unless you are a passionate collector.
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.
-Addresses the concerns of the impact of rapid afforestation on wildlife and their habitat and ecology in general. It is a step forward to creating awareness among people of all ages to the threat faced by all forms of life on earth given man's greed and penchant for urbanization at the cost of causing an imbalance in the already fragile ecology.
-The book provides thirteen vital points which need to be adopted urgently to ensure proper preservation of wildlife. These points are indeed relevant and easy to follow if one does truly has the will to adopt them.
-The book is not a sermon but a subtle attempt to nudge the masses to preserve the flora and fauna around us by bringing live the beauty that the earth has been graced with. It gives us an insight into the behavioral patterns and characteristics of some of the animals mentioned therein. E.g. ' 1) The matriarchal system followed by the Asiatic elephants. Here the eldest female of the herd generally takes all major decisions. 2) How the mudskipper an amphibious fish, survives even when out of water for hours, just by breathing the oxygen stored in its skin and mouth. 3) The common kingfisher whacking its catch to death before consuming it so that it does not hurt its throat with its fins. Who says that men are more intelligent than the rest of God's creation on earth? The pages of the book reveal the intelligence of the various species of animals and birds that reside here. One can't help admiring them.
-Then there are some fascinating mentions like- 1) the breeding pattern of the Malabar Pied Hornbills commonly sighted in Dandeli, Karnataka. Amazing how the male imprisons the female in her nest till the chicks hatch. Queer indeed are the ways of nature. 2) The chain of life in Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand where frogs feed on spiders and the snakes on the frogs only to be consumed later by the Crested Serpent Eagle a bird of prey that relishes the taste of snakes and lizards.
Some unusual stories like that of Zalim the male Bengal Tiger in the Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan who sired his two cubs after their mother died make interesting read. Unusual for tigers to do so but then aren't exceptions a way of life?
-The book is not all about animals, their special characteristics, habits, etc, but also about their preservation. It speaks about protecting their habitat and the plants and trees that provide them with the much needed nourishment in order to survive.
-There is also some valuable information regarding the steps taken by the Central Government, various State Governments and Government Agencies to preserve some of the endangered species and ensure their rapid growth in numbers.
-A bit of legend here and there as well as tiger tales is sure to interest the reader.
-The IUCN Classification and status of species, details of Wildlife Hotspots & UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites, information regarding interesting places to stay and details regarding camera and technique employed by the author to capture the wild in his camera lens as well as those ideal to click them perfectly, add value to the book.
A book that not only documents threatened landscapes and species but much more, 'Capturing wildlife moments in India' is truly a Collector's delight. It caters to people of all ages. While the photographs are capable of captivating even a kid, the pieces of information provided throughout the book and the concerns expressed by the author are enough to set the sensitive of all ages to think and act. Though meant to be just a coffee table book this one has the potential of becoming an interesting encyclopedia of sorts if only the author adds a little more information on the species, details of their habitat, food habits, other habits specific to them, etc.