Third in the BNHS series of books after the enchanting Sálim Ali's India (1996) and Treasures of Indian Wildlife (2005), this book features paintings and drawings, articles and notes on Indian natural history, from rare sources in the Library collection, and a fresh selection of writings that will excite, edify, and amuse the reader. While including some unique paintings of birds and mammals, the focus of the plates in this book is Himalayan wild flowers.
After a section of excerpts from books, and newspaper/journal articles, some of which illustrate the bloodthirsty field sports of previous centuries, the inimitable story of 'How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin' provides a comic interlude. The second half of the book consists of gleanings from the Miscellaneous Notes section of back issues of the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, which provide interesting observations and accounts illustrating aspects of animal habits and behaviour.
A valuable addition to the collection of any nature enthusiast, this volume along with the previous ones makes a handsome set, providing hours of reading and visual pleasure.
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B.F. Chhapgar, a renowned marine biologist, was curator of the Taraporevala Aquarium in the 1950s and 1960s and, later, Research Officer-in-charge of the Taraporevala Marine Biological Station. Later, he joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre to study radio activity in the marine environment. A prolific writer, he has authored twelve books and over a hundred scientific papers and popular articles.
Ashok S. Kothari is an Honorary Joint Secretary on the Managing Council of the National Society of the Friends of the Trees. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Library Sub-Committee of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) for many years, led several nature study tours, and organized seven exhibitions of rare books on India and Indian wildlife.
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