In India: The Tiger’s Roar, I examine many of India’s most famous wildlife parks and tiger sanctuaries and provide a comprehensive study of Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Corbett Tiger Reserves as well as detailed backgrounds to Nagarahole, Kaziranga, Pench, Bharatpur and Gir National Park, home of the rare Asiatic Lion.
I explore the continuing threat to India’s tigers and the on-going efforts to protect them. Anyone considering a trip to watch India’s wildlife and tigers in particular should find this book a usefull companion.
I travel with my husband by air, car and train and in many instances got unique access to see the very heart of the tiger sanctuaries and wildlife parks.
I had always had a soft spot for tigers and I picked up this book initially because of the wonderful photography on the jacket. Now I have made up my mind to visit India's wildlife parks for myself to see tigers in the wild. The author, Aline Dobbie, visits many of India's well known and lesser known wildlife parks, giving the reader much practical information on where to stay, what to do and most importantly, where to see tigers. However, this is hardly a travel guide, and the information is imparted in more of a personal journey around the author's homeland (Dobbie was brought up in India). Also here are her thoughts on conservation, poverty and Indian tourism. She treats her subjects in an even-handed and sensitive manner, but by the same token does not pull her punches where criticism is due. Most refreshing! Also, the chapter dealing with the inimitable Jim Corbett is well worth the cover price alone. Overall, an inspirational read that is bound to get you packing your suitcase!
Robert - posted on Amazon
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What to expect in the book
I blend my travelogues and insight with cultural and political philosophy, anecdotes, cautionary tales, historical and religious references and a thesis on the state of Indian wildlife conservation. I also seek to share valuable information on some of India’s historical gems such as Gwalior, Orchha, Sonagiri, Mandu, Sanchi and Bhimbetka as well as the hill station of Nainital.
The first park visited is Rathambore and the problems faced here are indicative of those engcountered by other parks across the country, with local populations and their cattle encrouching on tiger habitats. Illegal poaching is also an ever-present threat. I give an overview of Operation Tiger and the efforts to win the hearts and minds of impoverished villagers which is an essential part of the tiger conservation process.
I go over the role that British hunters played in the decline of the tiger, and how our attitudes towards tiger preservation have only changed in recent times. As recently as 1961 Prince Philip shot tiger in India something that we today would find unnacceptable. Is it any wonder that the attitudes of India's rural poor lag behind?
I seek to share my wonderful encounters with tigers and give you an idea of what it is like to come face to face with this splendid beast in all its glory.
Photography is a passion of mine and on every trip I record my adventures with my camera. Through my photography you can view India's tigers, wildlife, national parks and the people involved with them - just click here to view my albums online.
The book launch 2004
I was priveleged to be asked to speak at the Nehru Centre London and was grateful to be allowed to launch the Tiger's Roar at this event.
Pavan K. Varma, director of the Nehru Centre giving the introduction to Aline Dobbie
Aline Dobbie giving the incredible India Lecture: India: Responsible Tourism and conservation at the Nehru Centre
Aline sitting with the chairperson - the Baroness Flather of Windsor and Maidenhead at the Nehru Centre
Baroness Flather launching Aline's second book India: the Tigers Roar at the Nehru Centre
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