Trans. through S.R. Ramakrishna
In a comic book case of flawed identification, flora and fauna photographers Krupakar and Senani have been abducted one evening from their domestic on the fringe of the Bandipur nationwide Park by means of Veerappan, India’s ‘most dreaded bandit’. He notion they have been vital executive officers, and his plan used to be to carry them hostage in go back for clemency and a considerable ransom. The bandit and his gang saved the hostages at the circulation within the wooded area, and their simply touch with the surface international was once through an previous transistor radio. whereas Veerappan,who had already killed a few 250 humans, formulated recommendations to strength the govt. to conform to his calls for, his hostages not just acquired an in depth examine the plant and animal range within the forests of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, however the intimacy in their lifestyles at the run gave them an perception into Veerappan’s unusual mixture of cruelty and humanity. although Krupakar and Senani got here from an international that was once different from that of Veerappan’s gang, the abducted and the abductors turned heavily interested by each one other’s matters. Birds, Beasts and Bandits are a witty and poignant account of a unprecedented event with the infamous poacher and his partners.
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