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The partition of the country ended this lifestyle, but not his obsession with elephants. Over seventy years, he has trawled the forests of Lower Assam, Barak Valley, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Orissa, as well as Uttaranchal, Mudumalai, Bandipur, and Periyar in quest of the elephant. All this makes A Trunk Full of Tales unique: a wildlife memoir peppered with anecdotes, shot through with humour and irony, and always marked with a deep knowledge of elephants. Lahiri Choudhury’s experience with elephants includes tracking them in undivided Assam, penetrating remote areas in chase of declared man-killing rogues. He has surveyed the status and distribution of elephants, studied man–elephant conflict and the problem of managing elephants in the wild. He has journeyed over thousands of miles of hazardous roads, walked through the north-eastern forests of India, learning to read the language of the jungle. His acquaintance with wild elephants, some of them man-killers, was sometimes from as close as a few feet, and he narrates his attempts to manage straying herds and killer rogues with wry humour. For those who have wondered where Jim Corbett’s descendants are, here is the answer. This book is in the best tradition of writing about animals, combining storytelling and science.
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