ISBN: 9780195684285 Publisher: OUP IndiaYear of publishing: 2006 Format: Paperback
No of Pages: 206
Mixing with local people and speaking their dialects when such behaviour was considered taboo among the English, empathizing with his workers and the villagers, answering their distress call at all times-perhaps...Read more
Mixing with local people and speaking their dialects when such behaviour was considered taboo among the English, empathizing with his workers and the villagers, answering their distress call at all times-perhaps these qualities made the village people hail Corbett as a Gora (white) Sadhu. This is the other side of the fearless hunter, famous conservationist, and at times rational trophy collector. The current volume brings together a selection of Corbett's writings which reveal the full flair of his personality. In the first story, 'The Queen of the Village', Corbett describes life in one of the many villages in the hills where he spent the best part of his life. 'Kunwar Singh' tells us how Corbett rescued a dying villager, while 'Sultana: India's Robin Hood' is about a man, who by virtue of his birth is branded as a criminal by the law. Chapter five of 'Jungle Lore' contains a description of the forests in and around Kaladhungi where Corbett spent his childhood days. 'Robin' is the story of his favourite hunting dog, 'the biggest-hearted and the most faithful friend man ever had'.
In 'The Pipal Pani Tiger' we have success tinged with deep regret ' for never again would the jungle folk and I listen with bated breath to his deep-throated call resounding through the foothills '. Similar emotions are expressed in 'The Talla Des Maneater', where unforeseen circumstances lead the tigress to become a maneater. Corbett's sense of responsibility as a hunter is demonstrated in full in 'The Muktesar Maneater' for 'The shooting of a maneater gives one a feeling of satisfaction. Satisfaction at having done a job that badly needed doing. And, the greatest satisfaction of all, at having made a small portion of the earth safe for a brave little girl to walk on.' The last story recounts the reign of terror of the man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag which lasted for almost eight years and claimed over one hundred and twenty-five human lives. Read less