An African Diary: 12 Days in Kenya’s Magical Wilderness
August 2009: The author is a prolific writer whose books on the tiger have spawned conservation actions, films and campaigns. His decision to write on Africa met with more than a little resistance from his friend and wife, Sanjna who suggested that arrogance, not experience was the motivating factor.
But Valmik Thapar has long been inspired by Africa and the book is acknowledgment of that fact. Apart from the range of images he was able to shoot in 12 days, Thapar has put together a tight text that does provide a feel for the Masai Mara, an African habitat, which, in his own words: “has incredible models of protection, anti-poaching, tourism, wildlife management.” His hope is that books such as this “might trigger some connections and result in new ideas that can play vital roles in keeping alive some of the world’s most unique places.”
By Valmik Thapar, Published by Oxford University Press,
Hard Cover, 154 pages,
Price: Rs. 1,995/-
Reviewed by Bittu Sahgal