Try Again. Report Close Quick Download Go to remote file. Eighty-seven at the time of writing, Ali vividly describes his childhood adventures in the wild and later his expeditions through the entire Indian subcontinent.
Born into a Muslim family of Bombay, orphaned at the age of ten, and brought up by his maternal uncle and aunt, Salim Ali is a man of perseverance who seriously pursued an unusual career that no one would have wished to, taking into account the financial situation of the family.
Ali's chance encounter with an unusually coloured sparrow which sparked off the twelve-year-old's life-long passion for birds, and his subsequent affiliation with BNHS are thoroughly detailed.
Feb 05, Preeti rated it it was ok. I was actually nauseated reading about all that shooting and roasting of sparrows, bar-headed geese and other assorted wildlife! Aug 24, Prabhat sharma rated it it was amazing Shelves: completed. Here he meets W S Millard Secretary who identifies the bird by showing him a stuffed bird model, provides him with books on ornithology, thus encourages him to study further. Among his difficulties in education is that he suffers from headache- the reason being unclean air of Bombay and is sent to Sind for change in climate.
Thus there is break in education. Later, he is sent to Tavoy Burma where he looks after Tungsten Work and sees the green forests and bird of Burma.
On return from Burma, he lives in a house near Bombay Port and finds a Baya weaver has a nest. He studies her and makes notes and publishes them. After this he studies the birds in various parts of India. His studies include Siberian cranes and other birds of India. With so many difficulties in life, he has stood steadfast to his mission of life and ultimately achieved success.
It is a must read for all. Oct 17, Srikanth rated it it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it gives an honest account of the state of affairs in India few years prior to and post independence. We get to understand the shocking details of how the maharajahs of the erstwhile kingdoms went about shooting birds and beasts indiscriminately for recreation and also to flaunt their skill with other VIPs.
One such rajah would kill the last remaining three cheetahs and make the species extinct in India. Salim Ali states that his love for birds is not of I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it gives an honest account of the state of affairs in India few years prior to and post independence. Salim Ali states that his love for birds is not of a sentimental variety and thus he shot, killed and skinned thousands of birds in his lifetime for ornithological purposes and also for game shooting and recreation.
It is hard to approve such love for birds even though he has conducted a lot of bird surveys and has championed the cause of birds and bird sanctuaries across India. Overall, a worthwhile read. Oct 21, Pravin Subramanian rated it it was amazing. Accueil - Archives. First edition of this book was produved by a not-for-profit organization prior to Indian Independence from within territory of India. Not protected by copyright per Indian Copyright Act Don't have an account?
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