Carpet Sahib

Carpet Sahib

A Life of Jim Corbett

Book - 1986
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Publisher: Constable, 1986
ISBN: 9780094674004
0094674000
Branch Call Number: 927.9926 Cor

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Liber_vermis
Aug 31, 2017

This biography is based on the autobiographical and hunting memoirs written by Jim Corbett - but organized chronologically and augmented with additional background, historical context, and photographs. This is a well-written biography but don't miss out on the thrill of reading Corbett's hunting memoirs of tracking and killing man-eating tigers and leopards. This book has an index; but it lacks a simple map of northern India to help the reader place the events. The message of the need for wildlife and habitat conservation is as important (or more urgent) today as when espoused by Jim Corbett in the 1930s.

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Aug 31, 2017

Jim Corbett was born in the northern Indian hill station of Naini Tal, near the border with western Nepal, in 1875, the 8th child of Christopher Corbett, the town's postmaster. From childhood, Jim Corbett was immersed in the jungle, absorbed the local languages, and became a skilled hunter to put food on his family's table. He killed his first leopard when he was eight years old. Although he worked for over 20 years on a railway in eastern India, he returned regularly to Naini Tal to visit family and to hunt. After the First World War, where he commanded, in France, a labour brigade composed of northern Indians, he retired from the railroad to pursue business and farming in Naini Tal. Over the next two decades he became well known for hunting down and shooting man-eating tigers and leopards. Gradually over this period, Corbett realized that wildlife and its habitat was gradually disappearing. His focus shifted from shooting with a gun to shooting with a camera. He wrote a number of books about his exploits tracking down man-eating 'carnivora'. In 1936, Corbett was instrumental in the establishment of the first Indian tiger reserve.

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