6 May 2015

Book Review: Capturing Wildlife Moments in India

I am not a person who is interested much in fiction, all that interests me are those books which create awareness on global issues or those travel books narrating the tales of history, heritage and culture. Being associated with few of the campaigns on wildlife conservation and animal welfare in the recent past, when I received an email from Saevus Wildlife India to review their coffee table book 'Capturing Wildlife Moments in India' by Ashok Mahindra, I happily accepted. Ashok Mahindra is a Chartered Accountant and is now a wildlife and travel photographer. Through Hemchand Mahindra Wildlife Foundation, he promotes the protection of fragile ecosystem and conservation of wildlife through various activities in India.
Capturing Wildlife Moments in India, Ashok Mahindra
Book cover, with Ustad(T-24) of Ranthambore National Park
Book:  Capturing Wildlife Moments in India
Author: Ashok Mahindra
Publisher: Oxford University Press(OUP) & Bombay Natural History Society(BNHS)
Binding: Hardbound
Pages: 160
Price: Rs. 1450
Genre: Nonfiction, Wildlife Photography

'Capturing Wildlife Moments in India' contains 120 photographs of animals and birds of India, photographed from author's visits to over 30 parks, sanctuaries and other locations. Through the book, author tries to create awareness of real danger to wildlife from different sources, mainly poaching, man-animal conflict and deforestation. The photographs accompany the location information, along with camera settings and photography techniques. Author relates some of the species to Indian God and Goddess and legends. He also links to myths and tribal rituals which creates the fear of endanger to certain species. None of the wildlife books with Bengal Tigers are complete without Machli, Tigress Queen of Ranthambore National Park, there is a collection of photographs of tigers from different sanctuaries of India. Its just not about wild, but also the forest environment, be it Sal trees of Kanha or roots of Sundarbans mangrove trees, the author showcases the beauty of the forests as well. I liked the way the author narrates the story behind the photographs, spending hours together to get the perfect clicks. The one which interested me was the escape of a butterfly trapped in a spider web. 
Capturing Wildlife Moments in India, Ashok Mahindra
Asiatic Elephants, Kaziranga National Park
The book introduced me to many lesser known creatures and sanctuaries, which I hadn't heard of, and interesting facts about certain creatures. The book also sums up the wildlife hotspots and interesting places to stay to explore the wild, which helps wildlife photographers and travellers to plan their visit. As a wildlife enthusiast and travel blogger, I would recommend to add this book to your shelf.
The book will be available at most of the major retail outlets across India and also through online retail sites like Amazon, Flipkart etc. It will also be available for sale through the BNHS website.

"This post is a part of the book review program at Saevus Wildlife India in association with The Hemchand Mahindra Foundation for the book Capturing Wildlife Moments in India" 


  1. That does sound like a very informative book, Meghana.
    Thank you for the recommendation. :)

    1. Thank you for dropping by Divya.. Do get your copy, its an interesting book..

  2. I guess one can learn photography skills also by reading such books. Though I travel a bit, reading travelogues has not caught on with me yet. Should try reading such books, especially the ones set in India.

    Destination Infinity

    1. True, the book has photography tips as well. Oh you should, that helps to plan your trips better.
      Thank you for dropping by :)

  3. Yeah photography books are always awesome.