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King & I









The King and I: Travels in Tigerland

“The King and I is Prerna Bindra’s magnum opus of all her travels through India’s natural world. With 256 pages and about the same number of pictures, this book reflects Bindra’s passion for the wilderness. Her flow of words is special and moving. She encompasses the soul and spirit of the wild in her writing. Her feelings are infectious . Her passion for the big cat is enduring, her sorrow at
the prevailing state of affairs very real. Read the book- it is very special.”

Valmik Thapar, Author and conservationist


The King and I, by Prerna Singh Bindra, takes us through the vast canvas of the forests of India, on the trail of the big cats. This book celebrates the tiger, worries for their future, mourns their passing and hopes that they continue to rule the wild, forever.

Less than 3000 tigers remain in the wild in India, the Asiatic Lion number an abysmal 300. The fate of the Snow Leopard is unknown, while we lose a leopard a day. With an insatiable curiosity and lavish powers of observation, Prerna’s swathe cuts through the evergreen forests of India’s Northeast, across the grasslands of Central India and the teak forests of the South. The swirling waters of the Sunderbans with its man-eating tigers and associated myths are brought vividly to life. She explores the areas where the legendary hunter Jim Corbett shot his man-eaters, meets the collared tigers of Panna (that later went extinct, and the tiger had to reintroduced in Panna, follows the trail of the elusive Snow Leopard and meets Baby, a leopard raised by the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. Through her veins flows a true love of the wild and this is captured in entrancing detail in this travelogue though the heart of India’s natural world.

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VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS : Contemporary Wildlife Writings

Edited by Prerna Singh Bindra 


All-in-all, this book is a delight for the armchair naturalist; it showcases some of the best wildlife writing to come out of India. And maybe, it will entice us enough to do something about our vanishing wildlife heritage, instead of merely reading about it.”  Lonely Planet


Voices in the Wilderness brings together over twenty distinguished figures in the field – naturalists, scientists, and authors, whose writings paint a vivid picture of India’s amazing wildlife, from the charismatic tiger to the ‘lowly’ caterpillar. The spectrum of articles and essays is as varied as the country’s biodiversity,  reflecting a deep knowledge of and love for the subject. The collection carries an undertone of conservation, but is essentially a celebration of India’s fascinating wildlife that will appeal not just to wildlife enthusiasts but also acquaint the uninitiated to the joys and mysteries of nature.

The book is an exotic mix of the best India’s wildlife has to offer – a rare meeting with the tiger in the mystic mangroves of the Sundarbans; a thrilling encounter with a wilful tusker; the discovery of a new species of macaque in the remote forests of the North-east; the amazing spectacle of thousands of turtles coming onto the beach on a half-moon night. . . .

It covers a gamut of subjects – memoirs and journeys, new discoveries and reportage, issues and analyses, fiction and nature notes. This book is a must for the naturalist, conservationist and enthusiast alike. And it includes writings from celebrated authors and experts such as M Krishnan, F.W. Champion, Ruskin Bond, K Ullas Karanth, Tom Alter, among others.

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