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Until India realizes that wildlife is an asset the killing will go on. A country's fauna is a sacred trust, and I appeal to you not to betray your trust.' - Jim Corbett
Hunter and conservationist. Fearless, rational, as also superstitious and prone to supernatural sounds and sightings. Sometimes cruel trophy collector, yet heartbroken to see the magnificent tiger laid to rest due to a wound or old age and hence, turned a man-eater.
Jim Corbett, unlike most other Englishmen, mixed with the local people, spoke their dialects, which he had picked up from the servants, and gave much to his workers and the villagers. Author of hunting classics like Man-eaters of Kumaon, The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, among others, Corbett was hailed as a Gora (white) Sadhu by the village people.
The book brings out the real Jim Corbett from behind the ace hunter, the man who pioneered the effort to preserve India's wildlife in the early 1930s, and whose sympathies always rested with the underdogs-the deprived, the unloved, the depressed.
Reeta Dutta Gupta worked as a freelance journalist from the late 1970s to the early 1990s and contributed articles, reviews and interviews to the Times of India, the Hindustan Times and other national papers. She lived in Africa for several years, and her first children's stories set in Africa appeared in two anthologies: The Nose Doctor and Best of Target Stories.
She is the author of Rabindranath Tagore - The Poet Sublime, Salim Ali - India's Birdman and Subhas Chandra Bose - The Passionate Patriot.