The Untold Stories of INDIAN TIGERS- A Review

Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book portrays Sher Khan as a blood thirsty, revengeful and ferocious beast who is after Mowgli. That is how the image of a tiger is printed on the minds of humans and we get a sense of it when the subject of tiger comes up in any casual discussion in our day to day lives. Human society at large still believes the mths that surround the tiger and that’s where “The Untold Stories of INDIAN TIGERS” can play a role – to dismantle those age old beliefs and show that tigers also have a story ! They cannot narrate them but some of them over the years have allowed people to peek into their lives resulting in some wonderful moments being woven into stories.

The author Nikhilesh Shrikhande in this book has picked up famous tigers from Ranthambore, Pench, Tadova and through facts and fiction has presented an unique blend of tiger stories. As the world rallies to save this wonderful apex predator (with India being at the forefront), stories of Machli, Collarwali, Maya are sure to inspire people to rethink and perhaps change their archaic notions.

The fight of a mother to protect her cubs from crocodile, the struggle of a tiger after being labelled as a man-eater and many more are depicted with such clarity and simplicity that it is bound to evoke interest in tigers among its readers. We hope people realize the pain of the tigers and become aware of its plight so as to treat the tiger as not merely a photography subject or a savage hunter but a species to conserve and nurture for the betterment of global environment and wildlife. Tiger Tales of India congragulates Nikhilesh on writing such an unique book and wishes him all the best in future!

 

Tiger Tales of India.

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