Two years later, the Indian government renamed
the park he loved so much in his name for initiating
conservation in India, especially saving the tiger
Indeed, he raised the first voice of concern for conservation in
India which later led to the famous Project Tiger.
National Park is celebrated in a new, beautiful and well written
book: ‘Corbett National Park, Domain of the Wild’ with lively
text by Ashima Kumar and stunning photos by Dushyant Prasher
published by Konark (Rs. 1,995).
This brilliant coffee table book with crisp text by Ashima
Kumar and stunning photographs by Dushyant Prasher celebrates
the Jim Corbett and more so, the animal sanctuary.
Both the collaborators have visited this park regularly over
a couple of decades and it shows in the depth of the text and
the quality of photographs.
Interestingly, the book is also slickly designed by Prasher
who is a reputed designer in his own right.
This book starts off by detailing the first steps for
wildlife conservation in India that took off from this park.
Unlike many coffee table books on wildlife, this well printed
volume gives the history of the park with the dark days of
British Raj when forests were cut for wood and animals killed
for the sport of ‘shikar’.
It goes on to document the first voice of concerns for
conservation to the launch of Project Tiger.
Then it describes the mega fauna and other forms of wildlife,
including the bird life, trees and flora, ending with threats to
the park and the perennial question of development versus
The book is a pleasure to leaf through due to its arresting
photos and interesting to read as each chapter is three or four
pages of text enlivened with sparkling photos.
It is difficult to decide whether to read the captivating
text or gloat over all the photos.
The text is sometimes in first person describing the real
life experience of the location and then moving to the core
issue while the photos add to the interest.
Ashima begins the book with one of her visits in summer 2015.
"The sprawling grassland was shimmering in the golden glow of
the morning sun," she writes.
"I was scanning the stillness all around me for any movement
that would give away the presence of the many secrets that I
knew it held within these green fields.
"Suddenly, barely ten meters away from me, a blade of grass
Yes, it was a tiger moving to jump on its prey as a photo by
Prasher right opposite this page shows so dramatically.
Ashima takes the reader on a jeep safari all over the park
covering all its divisions.
Her keen eye does not miss even the insects; leave alone the
trees and the birds.
Again, the first person style seems as if the reader is
watching a documentary what with the evocative photos for every
page of text.