Every once in a while you come across a book that is rare. A book that deserves to be celebrated for what has been attempted. One that leaves you feeling that the author has created a new genre.
Indica is one of those. Not just the fact that it's about natural history, but that is written by an indian author, and is exquisite in detail, vivid in photos and colour. (buy it in hardcover)
Do you know about the recent genre of books that make our school history seem tame compared to the real historical stories? This book does the same for natural history. It feels like a visit to the natural history museum. (Maybe the author should attempt to curate one in India?)
It could decorate a coffee table, or be a good addition to a child's curriculum or be a part of any good library.
A word goes out for the publishers of the book, who have created a high quality print. The pages are a pleasure to hold and the colour quality is extremely high, picture resolution is good as well. For a book that contains nearly one color illustration every two pages, the price (with the Amazon discount) is commendable.
Now with the flowing praise, some rejoinders.
Some people would find this boring. It is not a fast read. It contains plenty of information. While the early sections of the book are very very good. The later half seems under-edited and could do with some pruning. It contains much breadth and therefore of any topics interest you further (for example origin of life) you may find yourself needing to dig deeper elsewhere.
If these points are likely to put you off, you may not be able to enjoy this book in full.