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Bird Business Illustrated Peeks into the Daily Lives of Indian Birds

Art / Photobook
By: Rohan Chakravarty(Author), TR Shankar Raman(Foreword By)
106 pages, colour illustrations
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  • Bird Business ISBN: 9789384678098 Paperback Jun 2019 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-4 months
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"Art and science come together rarely; they come together with humour even more rarely. In this book, as in much of Rohan Chakravarty's work, they all meld beautifully, with touches of allure, sensitivity and grace. Here, he brings to life in his unique style the lifestyle quirks and natural history of a hundred-odd species of Indian birds. Each artful page on a particular species grabs you with its visual and aesthetic appeal. It also distils information on the bird's habits and natural history, and bustles with the vitality, peculiarity and idiosyncrasies of that bird's behaviour. And all of this is done in a manner that no field guide, bird book, encyclopaedia or video documentary on Indian birds has ever achieved.

This is a chirpy and sprightly book, brimming with life, with scarcely a dull moment in its pages. The birds leap and glide and whistle and wag and swoop and spear and court and cavort. They dive into oceans and wing over mountains, they chisel into trees and probe into mud, they sing their hearts out and serenade their mates, they nest in trees and houses and earth – tunnels and mounds, they gobble garbage and slurp nectar, they drink and dance and do the doo-doo. There’s so much liveliness in each page and the behaviour of each species is illustrated so well that you may be tempted to flip quickly to the next page, skipping past the words to the next eye-catching illustration. But that would be a mistake. The writing, too, is not to be missed. Rohan's brief word-portraits of the birds and accurate and charming descriptions of their curious adaptations and behaviours will bring you many a chuckle, much jaw-dropping astonishment and ultimately a new or renewed intimacy with these wonderful birds.

For children and adults, there is much to learn within these pages. I say this not just as an admirer of Rohan’s work, but as a hobby birdwatcher for over 35 years and a bird researcher for at least half that period. I learnt much that I never knew and experienced a renewed delight in the little that l did, seeing it portrayed in such a unique way. The species illustrated here also offer a glimpse of India's remarkable diversity of 1300 bird species: from the very familiar House Sparrow and Barn Swallow, the Black Kites of our cities, the Cattle Egrets of our countryside and the daytime larks and eagles to the nightjars and owls, and rarities like the Satyr Tragopan and the endangered Great Indian Bustard.

The book both reveals and evokes a love for birds and a concern over their plights and lives. In our rapidly changing planet, the plight of birds only reflects our own plight and, in that sense, bird business is our business too. This, you can discover for yourself, when you turn to the delightful pages that follow."

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Art / Photobook
By: Rohan Chakravarty(Author), TR Shankar Raman(Foreword By)
106 pages, colour illustrations
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