“Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” contains 120 photographs of animals and birds of India from visits to over 30 parks,sanctuaries and other locations.
I like fiction or non-fiction such as biographies and research notes and I never went through any coffee table book of any subject, but one fine day when I received an email from Saevus Wildlife India to review ‘Capturing Wildlife Moments in India’ by Ashok Mahindra, I immediately accepted as it was something different than my earlier reviews and I like experimenting once in a while with my reading genre. Ashok Mahindra switched completely on retirement from the corporate world to become a wildlife & travel photographer. He lives with his wife Manju, in Delhi,Mumbai and Goa, and through Hemchand Mahindra Wildlife Foundation, he promotes the protection of wildlife through diverse activities in India.
The book starts with a tribute to animals which clearly shows us how the author cares for the wildlife and I think we all must do. The animals, birds, and the jungles are precious and it is our responsibility to protect rather than destroy them. They are part of this cosmos and are likewise significant just like we humans are. I have never had a chance to go through a photography book earlier, all I thought was these coffee table books are boring but after this I look forward to explore more photography books. The beautiful pictures put me in an enchantment. I have absolute no familiarity about photography in detail but this book taught me about it. The book explained about the camera and shooting techniques which the photographer had used to take photographs. The book is a complete must for those fascinated in photography. The book has a very elegant cover design and it discusses about all the aspects of digital wildlife photography- equipment, field craft, locations, composition, and strategy to getting the photos published in a book form.
Here are few of my favourite pictures from the book:
- Leopard hanging around, hiding in the darkness, with its body stretched. Its amazing power in its surreptitious walking is shown well.
- Bengal Tiger with its body drowned in the water, head rose towards the sky, feeling the coolness of the water in a hot day.
- The red dotted sky complemented the beauty of White Ibis. The bird looked like glowing in fire around the edges.
The author has successfully created awareness of real dangers of wildlife from poaching and deforestation. A wildlife books is incomplete without mention of Bengal Tigers, Tigress Queen of Ranthambore National Park and all other tigers from different sanctuaries. There is also section on forest environment such as Sal trees of Kanha or Sundarbans mangrove trees. The author has brilliantly showcased the beauty of the forests too. The book introduced me to new creatures and sanctuaries, which I never heard of and also gave me knowledge about certain creatures. I would recommend adding this book to everyone. Each photograph was very educative – one of the pictures taught me to know that elephants live in a matriarchal community of mothers and daughters. For me it had been an informative and invigorating know-how just like an animal safari. We are in an age where wild life species is being died out and a good book on them is at all times welcomed for it will surely educate those who are not opportune to eyewitness natural world from close sectors.
It is being published by Oxford University Press(OUP) & Bombay Natural History Society(BNHS).The book will be available at most of the major retail outlets across India and also through online retail sites like Amazon, Flipkart etc.It will also be available for sale through the BNHS website and is priced at Rs.1450.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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