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The great Indian Elephant book

The great Indian Elephant book
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Item Code: IDG581
Author: Dhriti K Lahiri-Choudhury
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 1999
ISBN: 0195648927
Pages: 504
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.7" X 5.6"

About the Book:

Elephants are perhaps the most docile, timid, intelligent of animals, and yet when thoroughly roused and in full charge with curled-up trunk they present a most furious and fear-inspiring spectacle.

For centuries, elephants have been a source of wonder, fear, and fascination to man. While depiction of the Asian elephant in art, sculpture, and literature goes far back in time, this anthology focuses on the nineteenth century when the British Empire was on the ascendant in India, Burma and Sri Lanka, and colonial rulers began using the elephant in war and for transport, even as they were hunting it.

This comprehensive collection includes excellent descriptions of these intelligent and sagacious animals in wild, with rare insights into elephant behavior, anatomy and haunts, as well as the odd apocryphal story about them: is there really an elephant graveyard in Sri Lanka? Does the elephant have an extraordinary memory? Did a man-eating elephant actually exist? The book contains accounts by leading elephant-men-form Champion and Sanderson to Samuel Baker and Symington-all from works no longer readily available.

The editor is an expert on the Asian elephant, and has worked with them for years. His scholarly introductory essay draws on life time of experience for unique anecdotes and observations, even as it situates the selection in its historical context.

Illustrated with photographs, drawings, and maps, this is an informative and delightful collection.

About the Author:

Dr Dhriti K. Lahiri Choudhury completed his PhD in English Literature from Leeds University and was Professor of English at Rabindra Bharti University, Calcutta. His lifelong interest has been the ecology and management of larger mammals, especially the Asian elephant. He was the Principal Investigator of the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) / WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Project on the status and distribution of elephants in north-east India and is on the Steering Committee of the Asian Elephant specialist group.

CONTENTS

Mapsix
Introductionxi
Prologue
Thackeray's Grandfather in Bangal
W.W. Hunter
I.Romance to Realism: Changing Perceptions of the Elephant
Elephants and Sport
Thomas Williamson
11
The King of Beasts
Samuel White Baker
17
The Wild Elephant
John Emerson Tennent
23
The Asiatic Wild Elephant
G. P. Sanderson
49
The Elephant in Captivity
G. P. Sanderson
70
A Temperamental Elephant
Samuel Baker
86
Elephant
Douglas Hamilton
94
The elephant A. J. O. Pollock100
Big Game of Lower Burma
F. T. Pollok
102
Asiatic Elephant
V. M. Stockely
115
Elephants
F.W. Champion
129
photographing Wild Elephants
F. W. Champion
132
Dev Raj and Chota Hathi
John Symington
145
Tame Elephants
Frank Nicholls
152
II.The Most Dangerous Game: India Elephants
Shikar as a Part of Life
J. G. Elliott
167
The Mad Elephant of Mandla
A. Bloomfield
181
The Narrowest Escape
G. P. Sanderson
213
The Asiatic Elephant
A. .A. A. Kinloch
220
Records of Sport in South India
Douglas Hamilton
232
Elephants
A. J. O. Pollock
246
The Indian Elephant
C. E. M. Russell
256
Charged by a Rogue Elephant: A Nilgiris Man-killer
E. E. Bull
270
'Peer Bux', the Terror of Hunsur
A. Mervyn Smith
276
Elephant
A. E. Wardrop
292
An Elephant Shoot on the Baragur Hills
Randolph C. Morris
298
Elephants from Above and Below
H. S. Wood
306
Sona Dant, Rogue Elephant
Jonh symington
315
Experience with Elephants
Frank Nicholls
322
III.Brushes in Burma
An Elephant Hunt
F. T. Pollok
331
Elephants
W. S. Thom
340
The Indian Elephant
G. P. Evans
360
Asiatic Elephant
V. M. Stokley
387
How John Nestall Escaped the Elephant
S. Eardley-Wilmot
401
Some Experiences Amongst Elephant and the Other Big Game of Burma 1887 to 1931
W. S. Thom
407
IV.The Most Dangerous Game: Encounters in Ceylon
The Rifle and Hound in Ceylon
Samuel White Baker
417
Brothers in Arms Against the Game of Ceylon
Samuel White Baker
424
Elephant Shooting
J. Emerson Tennent
435
After Elephants on the Kumbukenaar River
'Snaffle'
441
Select Bibliography451
Glossary455

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