Jungle Odyssey: A Soldier's Memoirs by Ashok Kalyan Verma from Knowledge World Publishers.
Life in India has changed beyond recognition in the last seventy years, and I am making an effort at preserving the memory of a lost past for my grandchildren and their yet to come progeny, to relive some of the jungle stories and memories.
“You can take a man out of the Jungle, but if he is born to it – you cannot take the Jungle out of a man”. Anon
Jungle Odyssey is a soldier’s ‘Shikar’ biography. Glimpses of experiences with his father the ‘Deva-Pitta’ of these stories perhaps are the defining events that qualify him as a “Jungle Salt”. Soldering closely enabled him to retain his lifelong interest in Wildlife – the fauna – flora of our vast subcontinental size country. It has been a fulsome life that exposed him to the Jungle lore and the beauty of its jungle and wildlife.
Rs. 495, in paperback, viii+222 pages, ISBN: 9789381904756