My Native Land: Essays on Nature

My Native Land: Essays on Nature

M Krishnan Edited by S Theodore Baskaran and A Rangarajan
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My Native Land: Essays on Nature is a compilation of articles and photographs of the well-known naturalist, writer and photographer, M. Krishnan (1912-1996). Krishnan was an early ecological seer who saw the inextricable connectivity between nature and cultural or national identity. He was active at a time when environmental concern was not on the agenda of the Government or Civil Society. An outstanding field biologist, he prepared plans for some wildlife sanctuaries and was on the Indian Board of Wildlife and the Project Tiger Committee. Through his elegant prose, he could make the forest and countryside come alive. His work spanned six decades, with the distinction of having run the longest nature column in the history of Indian press—“My Country Notebook” in The Statesman, for forty-six years without a break, until his death. A recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru fellowship and Padma Shri, he left his mark in the field of wildlife photography, of which he was a forerunner in our country. In this compilation, Krishnan takes us through the wonders of the natural world in his inimitable style.