Kajit Being the originating point of significant Indian rivers, Uttarakhand is the place where Jim Corbett performed his historic and interesting hunting adventures making these places all the more alive in his tales and glory! Units of Gurkha soldiers and British soldiers were sent to track it but failed. Please try again later. The fables of legend hunter cum conservationist Edward Jim Corbett is still persisting in the minds and hearts of the people of Garhwal and Kumaon in Uttarakhand.
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Start your review of Man-Eaters of Kumaon Write a review Shelves: absolute-favourites , non-fiction A man-eating tiger is a tiger that has been compelled, through stress of circumstances beyond its control, to adopt a diet alien to it.
This was the book I was originally after when I picked up The Man-Eaters of Tsavo , and though that book was interesting, this was absolutely excellent. Jim Corbett, the author, was born in India to Irish parents. In love with the jungles of the country from a young age, he later became a hunter, tracker, photographer, naturalist and conservationist. While that A man-eating tiger is a tiger that has been compelled, through stress of circumstances beyond its control, to adopt a diet alien to it.
While that might seem contradictory, he never killed a tiger without a threat to human life with one exception, the Bachelor of Powalgarh. By killing man-eaters, he could also usually prevent the danger to other tigers in the region - oddly, when finding a tiger in the area where attacks have happened, it was a rare hunter who stopped to make sure they had the right one.
From the only chapter not involving a tiger hunt: The weight of the fish is immaterial, for weights are soon forgotten. Not so forgotten are the surroundings in which the sport is indulged in. The steel blue of the fern-fringed pool where the water rests a little before cascading over rock and shingle to draw breath again in another pool more beautiful than the one just left - the flash of the gaily coloured kingfisher as he breaks the surface of the water, shedding a shower of diamonds from his wings as he rises with a chirp of delight, a silver minnow held firmly in his vermilion bill - the belling of the sambur and the clear tuneful call of the chital apprising the jungle folk that the tiger, whose pugmarks show wet on the sand where a few minutes before he crossed the river, is out in search of his dinner.
These are things that will not be forgotten and will live in my memory, the lodestone to draw me back to that beautiful valley, as yet unspoiled by the hand of man. Each man-eater became one for a reason, and each time Mr Corbett successfully completed a hunt, he would make sure to find that reason, further proving that tigers are not merciless or bloodthirsty, but instead hunt people out of desperation or lack of alternatives.
Some of the stories are hair-raising, too; imagine running from a tiger only to stumble on, and wake, a sleeping bear! I had a wonderful time reading this book, and would absolutely recommend it.
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