The Wild Heart of India – Nature and Conservation in the City, the Country, and the Wild
Written by T. R. Shankar Raman

About the Book

Wild—untamed, hostile, remote. Yet, wild can be gentle, welcoming, and inspiring too. This is the wild that preoccupies biologist Shankar Raman as he writes about trees and bamboos, hornbills and elephants, leopards and myriad other species. Species found not just out there in far wildernesses — from the Thar desert to the Kalakad rainforests, from Narcondam Island to Namdapha — but amid us in gardens and cities, in farms, along roadsides. And he writes about the forces that gouge land and disfigure landscapes, rip trees and shred forests, pollute rivers and contaminate the air, slaughter animals along roads and rail tracks — impelling a motivation to care, and to conserve nature.

Through this collection of essays published by Oxford University Press, Shankar Raman attempts to blur, if not dispel, the sharp separation between humans and nature, to lead you to discover that the wild heart of India beats in your chest too.

About the Author

T. R. Shankar Raman is a scientist and writer with the Nature Conservation Foundation. As a wildlife scientist, he focuses on the ecology and conservation of tropical forests and wildlife — especially rainforest plants, birds, and mammals — mainly in the Western Ghats. He writes creative non-fiction and essays on nature and conservation for newspapers, magazines, and blogs, besides occasional book reviews and op-ed or feature articles.


‘The Wild Heart of India’ can be purchased on Amazon.