BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 2nd January 2015

Wild Fire : The Splendours of India's Animal Kingdom
BY - Valmik Thapar

About the Book
Developed and edited by Valmik Thapar, one of our foremost wildlife experts, the book is divided into three sections. The first section, Thoughts from Elsewhere , written by Thapar, takes the reader on a quick tour of the country s natural heritage in the twenty-first century. It provides an overview of mammalian distribution, the characteristics of individual species, the evolution of the country s wildlife habitats, threats to the environment and much else besides. The second section, The Wildlife Chronicles collects the finest accounts of India s animals from the first century onwards. It has stories about the great predators tigers, leopards, snow leopards, lions, golden cats and others; magnificent herbivores like the elephant, rhino, wild ox and the various species of deer and antelope; evocative accounts of some of the most striking animals in the country including monkeys, squirrels and other arboreal creatures; as well as reports of rare sightings of river dolphins, bats, shrews and other lesser-known members of the animal kingdom. Contributors to this section include travellers, hunters, writers, photographers and naturalists such as Pliny the Elder, Ibn Battuta, Babur, Akbar, Fran├žois Bernier, Isabel Savory, Jim Corbett, George Schaller, Kenneth Anderson, M. Krishnan, E.R.C. Davidar, Peter Jackson and Ruskin Bond. The third section, Wild Fire , contains a selection of some of the finest photographs ever taken of India s mammals. 
The most comprehensive book on Indian mammals ever published. 
Content culled from over a million words on Indian mammals by the world s top wildlife writers. 
Rare pictures selected from tens of thousands of exclusive pictures by the world s top wildlife photographers. 
Most of the world s top writers on Indian mammals represented in the volume. 
Some of these pictures have never been seen before. 

About the Author :
Valmik Thapar has spent several decades serving the cause of India s flora and fauna. During this time, he has authored, co-authored and edited more than twenty-five books and made or presented nearly a dozen films for the BBC and several other television networks on the tiger and Indian flora and fauna. Wild Fire is the second book in a trilogy that began with the acclaimed Tiger Fire, which was published in 2013; Thapar is currently working on Winged Fire, a book on Indian birds, which will be published in 2015. 
He has also created a major non-governmental organization dedicated to conserving wildlife, the Ranthambhore Foundation. Although he has served on hundreds of government panels and committees relating to nature conservation, he is today a fierce critic of government policy and continues to campaign for new ways to save nature in India. He is presently working to set up a think tank, both online and offline, to find solutions to preserve our natural habitats.
ISBN :  978-9383064687      Price : Rs.2995.00