Book Review of ‘Capturing Wildlife Moments in India’ by Ashok Mahindra
Publisher – Oxford University Press(OUP) & Bombay Natural History Society(BNHS)
Genre – Adventure
One sentence for the book
Wildlife seems too close with some awesome photography in the book.
About the Author
A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Ashok Mahindra retired in 2008 after a career spanning nearly 40 years. As a former Treasurer and Vice-President of WWF India, he got aware of the need for the preservation of wildlife in India which eventually led him to becoming a wildlife photographer. He has travelled widely in India to numerous national parks and sanctuaries in the pursuit of his hobby. Enriched with his vast experience of being so close to the wildlife, here is his first coffee table photo book.
Book Cover
Book cover has been designed quite interestingly showing Royal Bengal Tiger in his complete royalty having some relaxing time in the pond at Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan. With a great shot captured in thecover, the book gets you curious about what more it has in store for you.
About the Book
A small book of 85 pages with some 100+ pictures showcases the wildlife diversity in India. The book highlights the rich range of wildlife and its habitats in India. The book also indicates the continuing threat to wildlife in India and sets out how it could be more
effectively preserved. The book lists the National Parks and Sanctuaries visited (over 30), the Wildlife Hotspots and interesting places to stay. However, besides giving a small intro about the wildlife specie in the different photographs, the book certainly makes you excited enough to have a more closer look at the wildlife in the country.
Sh. Ashok Mahindra states at one place: “The power of photography to provide a platform
to document threatened landscapes and species cannot be underestimated. At present, the entire ecological system is being seriously threatened. My endeavour as a photographer is to encourage people to care for all threatened species – from the smallest insects to the biggest cats – before it is too late.” This one of a kind book bringing you more close to the nature will certainly interest you.
Thumbs Up
The photographs used in the book seem to have been shot with so much sincerity that the images seem so real. While I had visited Ranthmabhore National park in February this year, I have already got excited to get closer to the nature once more, this time, the destination might be the home of the Asiatic Lion, Gir National Park in Gujarat.
Thumbs Down
The photographs give you so much excitement and a sense of adventure just from the still images that once you close the book, it will certainly make you craving for an adventure visit sooner. Otherwise, the only thing I felt was that for an adventure enthusiast, the book might be exciting but the same may not be of interest for all kinds of readers.
A half point deducted only for the fact that the book is priced little bit aggressively. A lighter book would have helped a little as well.

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.

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