Birds of India A Literary Anthology, by Urfi, Abdul Jamil
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- ISBN: 9780198069393 | 0198069391
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 1/17/2011
Birds of India: A Literary Anthologytakes a new look at natural history writings in India, and brings together for the first time extracts from ancient, medieval, as well as later-day works. Highlighting the role of birds in human life-from religion to entertainment, mythology to science, superstition to wisdom-the collection brings to light the richness and diversity of the literature available on the subject. From thePanchatantra,The Baburnama,The Jahangirnama, and Abdul Halim Sharar's accounts of bird-keeping in Lucknow, to writings by the inimitable Edward Hamilton Aitken (EHA) and others-the writings speak for themselves. Alongside S#xE1;lim Ali, the anthology features pieces by contemporary greats like S. Theodore Baskaran, R.S. Dharmakumarsinhji, Madhav Gadgil, Edward Pritchard Gee, Peter Jackson, M. Krishnan, and Zai Whitaker and by well-known writers and public figures like Abul Kalam Azad, William Dalrymple, Rudyard Kipling, Jawaharlal Nehru, Khushwant Singh, and Mark Twain. The Introduction together with the biographical head-notes to the writings, detailed sources, and further reading add value for readers.