Right Relationship

February 2010: In the middle of a beautiful but dark and snowy winter in New York, fighting off the post-Copenhagen blues, I found the perfect antidote in the form of a little book that seems to have all its priorities right. Right Relationship is that rare thing – a book on economics with a heart and a soul. 

Incredible Dibru-Saikhowa

February 2010: Incredible Dibru-Saikhowa tells us about a relatively little-known wilderness encircled by two rivers – the mighty Brahmaputra and Dibru. Well put together, it is a welcome addition to the wildlife archives of India. The Editors, K.K. Dwivedi, A.J.T. Johnsingh, Anwaruddin Choudhury and Kashmira Kakati are to be congratulated for a job well done.

Life In The Valley Of Death: The fight to save tigers in a land of guns, gold and greed

December 2009: I read Life in the Valley of Death in one sitting, late into the night. And after I finished, my head was so abuzz with the fate of the tiger, that it was dawn before I was able to sleep. Actually, not just because of the fate of the tiger, but also because of the epic battles the author of the book had to fight in his own head, before plunging into the complicated…

Let there be Light: Exploring nature through light

October 2009: Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.  – George Eastman 

Hot, Flat and Crowded: why we need a green revolution – and how it can renew America

April 2009: A Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and columnist for the New York Times, after his best-seller, The World is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman has presented us with yet another sharp insight into the problems that beset our planet. Focused on the impact of global warming, the book examines the problem under the microscope, simultaneously exploring both the causes and…

Alternative Power Planning

February 2009: This booklet is extremely handy for anyone wishing to familiarise themselves with the power sector in India. Brief, yet informative, it uses an interactive question-answer format, covering everything from the basics of power generation and supply to their impact on the environment and solutions for the same.

Making Conservation Work

February 2009: Comprising individual essays by some of India’s finest conservationists, this book is a compendium of their collective knowledge acquired through the decades. Impressive and thought-provoking, the essays cover a gamut of topics. The varying styles and viewpoints allow for a refreshing read.  Radhika Johari’s ‘Of Paper Tigers and Invisible People’ stood out in…

Cere Series

February 2009: It is simple, its brief and most importantly, it’s about you. For all those baffled by climate change and the plethora of environmental issues being discussed today, this series published by CERE-India is a godsend. Compiled into six concise segments, these booklets cover the essential aspects of environmental sustainability with a specific focus on climate change. 

An African Diary: 12 Days in Kenya’s Magical Wilderness

August 2009: The author is a prolific writer whose books on the tiger have spawned conservation actions, films and campaigns. His decision to write on Africa met with more than a little resistance from his friend and wife, Sanjna who suggested that arrogance, not experience was the motivating factor.

Witness to Extinction: How We Failed to Save the Yangtze River Dolphin

August 2009: All that’s left on stage are the commemorative baiji statues. As for the baiji itself…it looks like it is the only thing not made in China anymore. Poor old Baiji. You deserved better. They stay with you – these words – so does the book and all that it signifies.

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