‘ Capturing Wildlife Moments In India by Ashok Mahindra.’

The silent beauty of the photographs, that speaks with you without words, the soothing presence of different animals, the raw force in their eyes – Animals are an adornment to the nature. Save and protect them. -A.

About the book:

Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” contains 120 photographs of animals and birds of India, photographed from visits to over 30 parks,sanctuaries and other locations.

It is being published by Oxford University Press(OUP) & Bombay Natural History Society(BNHS).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 and is priced at Rs.1450.


The Photography book starts with a tribute to animals. I can see how the author clearly cares for the animals. I do, too. They are so precious to destroy in our thirst to find more, and they don’t deserve to die. They are the part of this Universe and they have as much important as we, humans, have. The author brings to light, about the sad state of wildlife in India, and I am sure people who love animals will certainly enjoy reading this ride.

It’s true, I have never had a chance to go through a photography book, but after this one journey, I did want to find more photography books on nature.


Reading (or watching) ‘this’ book is a calming experience. The beautiful pictures put me in a spell. The pictures were calling to me, and I felt rather enraptured in the moment… Of blissful entreat. I don’t know about focal point, lens size etc., but I can enjoy the spiritual and divine silence behind each picture. The book has beautiful, beautiful pictures, that had brought me to the places the pictures were captured. In a moment of joint encounter, I loved the photographs, and I loved the serenity in each photographs.

There are loads of beautiful photographs, but my absolute favorites are these pictures of –

1. Little Egret – She looked calm, and pure as milk, in the backdrop of velvet green leaves. Legs perched on the branch, green water reflecting everything it sees… Words can never be enough to describe the beauty of it.

2. Snake Bird – In it’s volition, claws halving the water. Majestic, beautiful wings, the water screaming behind its back after the agonizing ripping… It’s a moment when the author deserve my applause, for making me happy.

3. Bengal Tiger – Body drowned in the water, head raised towards the sky, feeling the coolness of the water in a hot, hot day. This aggressive animal… In a peaceful meditation. The whole picture reflects a calmness, the calmness we don’t often associate with tigers.

4. Leopard – on the prowl. Hiding in the darkness, it’s agile body stretched, and its dots beautifully on display. I can see the power in its stealthy walking, the beauty in its aggression.

5.  White Ibis – on flight. The red dotted sky complementing the beauty of white ibis. The bord looks like its glowing in fire around the edges. The still water underneath, and the bird reaching the sky. A dreamy moment captured just right.

And then the tidbits about these animals, with each photograph, educated me about things I didn’t once know. Like how Elephants live in a matriarchal community, containing mom, daughters, aunts etc., and the plight of a sad tiger, who lost her kingdom to her daughter. Made me think, even animals desire power, just as humans do…


For a girl who is stuck to Nat Geo Wild for the most part of her TV time, how can I not enjoy the beauty of animals, in their most aggressive, or most peaceful moment? I did enjoy the book. A lot.

It is been an enlightening and exhilarating experience, riding through this book. I enjoyed the animal safari, a lot…

I would mark it 5 out of 5 just for those animals, that has been looking at me with calm/cute/aggressive/furious eyes.

I loved it.

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

© Ada

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