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India: The Tiger's Roar [Kindle Edition]

Aline Dobbie
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India: The Tiger's Roar, is the follow-up to the successful and well received India: The Peacock’s Call by Aline Dobbie. Aline Dobbie was born in and spent her childhood in India where her father, Colonel Frank Rose was an offcer in the Indian Army. Since returning to her native Scotland at the age of sixteen, Dobbie has re-visited India and written prolifically on the country and its people. From her infancy the author has been fascinated by that most magnificent and elusive of beasts, the tiger. India: The Tiger's Roar is a personal account of her pilgramage to India’s great wildlife parks and tiger sanctuaries. Hewever, India: The Tiger's Roar is certainly not a travel guide, nor a guide to the wildlife of India, although it is an excellent source of information on both subjects. Instead it is a heady blend of travelogue and personal insight, cultural and political philosophy, anecdotes, cautionary tales, historical and religeous reference and a thesis on the state of Indian wildlife consevation.

The first park visited is Rathambore and the problems faced here are indicative of those engcountered by other parks across the country, with local populations and their cattle encrouching on tiger habitats. Illegal poaching is also an ever-present threat to tigers in India. Dobbie presents a good overview of Operation Tiger and the efforts to win the hearts and minds of impoverished villagers – an essential part of the conservation process. We are reminded of the role that British hunters played in the decline of the tiger, and how our attitudes towards tiger preservation have only changed in recent times. As recently as 1961 Prince Philip shot tiger in India – something that we today would find unnacceptable. Is it any wonder that the attitudes of India’s rural poor lag behind? The author’s encounters with tigers are wonderfully described and give the reader a good idea of what it must be like to come face to face with this splendid beast in all its glory.

Any westerner who has visited this country will find Dobbie’s India familiar, her observations striking a chors with their own experience, often amusingly so. For example, remarks such as “Sometimes it must seem to the traveller that India is in a permanent state of fesitaval or ritual” and “It looked as if the whole of India had decided to travel, but no, this was just a normal morning for Indian Raliways” will resonate with many travellers. But it is the author’s ability to see the country from the perspective of an outsider as well as that of a native that give the work a unique perspective. She is able to get close to her subject in a way that would be difficult for the casual traveller to do. Indeed, Dobbie is a Hindi speaker and uses her many contacts and childhood reminiscnces to great effect throughout the book, communicating with everyone from Dalit sweepers to members of the former Indian aristocracy.

All in all, India: The Tiger's Roar proved to be an accompished work and a personal pleasure to read. The writing is direct and flows along nicely throughout the manuscript, drawing the reader into the story. Although the reader will learn a great deal from the experience, like all the best work of this type the facts fit seemlessly into the narrative and are a source of informative entertainment. The finished book will serve as an excellent introduction to the wildlife parks of India as well as to the country and its culture. It is a joy to read work by someone so passionate about and close to her subject.

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'It is at once a well-researched factfile and a riveting
storybook, not your regular Lonely Planet.' by Rohini Mohan -- The Hindu Newspaper, India April 13 2005

From the Publisher

In India: The Tiger's Roar, Aline Dobbie examines many of
India's most famous wildlife parks and tiger sanctuaries and provides a
comprehensive study of Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Corbett Tiger
Reserves as well as detailed backgrounds to Nagarahole, Kaziranga, Pench,
Bharatpur and Gir National Park, home of the rare Asiatic Lion. Anyone
considering a trip to watch India's wildlife and tigers in particular will
find this book an indispensable and entertaining source of information. In
addition, the author explores the continuing threat to India's tigers and
the on-going efforts to protect them. Any westerner who has visited this
country will find Dobbie's India familar. But it is the author's ability
to see the country through the eyes of an outsider as well as that of a
native that gives her writing a unique perspective. She is able to get
close to her subject in a way that would be difficult for the casual
traveller to do. Indeed, Dobbie is a Hindi speaker and uses her many
contacts and childhood reminiscences to great effect throughout this book.
The reader will also find valuable information on some of India's
historical gems such as Gwalior, Orchha, Sonagiri, Mandu, Sanchi and
Bhimbetka as well as the hill station of Nainital.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2583 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Melrose Books (26 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009I4P8BU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #776,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aline Dobbie lives in Scotland but was born in India the last of two families who served, worked, lived & died in India for generations. She returns to India annually and writes of her experiences as a travel editor. Her three conventional books are India: the Peacock's Call, India: The Tiger's Roar and India: The Elephant's Blessing each sold with an inclusive DVD of her photography set to Indian music published by Melrose Books. The three books are now available on Kindle. Aline is married with sons and grandchildren and a passionate gardener, historian, cook and traveller. Her e-book on India is Quicklook at India which is also now available as a hard cover. She received The Pride of India Gold Award for her promotion of India in 2006. Aline still speaks Hindi and considers India is the Land of her birth and a second home. is her own website and is a link to her galleries.

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4.0 out of 5 stars India, tigers, Intrigue and Travel 15 Feb. 2005
India: The Tiger's Roar is an excellent follow-on to The Peacock's Call. Aline Dobbie cares deeply about her subject and this is reflected in her writing, the wildlife parks come alive and her enthusiasm is contagious. Her description of travelling in India is spot-on and reflects the enjoyment but also the hassle involved. It is fun but sometimes patience is stretched to the max! Her knowledge of the historical and also contemporary India is woven into a simple theme of her travels through the country. It is there, it is now, it is real and what anybody could go and do tomorrow.

What appeals to me personally about India: The Tiger's Roar is the fact that Ms Dobbie obviously loves the country and the inhabitants and this is a kind of love story. Anyone who has visited India either falls in love with it or hates every minute; there does not seem to be anything in between. She has the advantage of having lived there as a child and still speaks Hindi, which is a big advantage; she has re-discovered her affection for the country of her birth which she communicates admirably to her reader. I too love the place and can therefore relate very easily to her feelings. Ms Dobbie slips into snippets and sometimes pages of intriguing and detailed information - not about which bus to take but about amazing and varied background details of the local people and places - witness the simple overview of the Scindia family dynasty in Gwalior.

Her frustration with the powers that be are apparent and understandable to anyone with an affinity for this wonderful country. India has numerous possibilities as a nation, but it has only been in the last few years that real progress has been achieved and her desire that this momentum continues is genuine. I look forward to her next book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars India: The Tiger's Roar 31 Jan. 2005
I found Aline Dobbie's book 'India: The Tiger's Roar' a passionate, informative and often contemplative read, which also highlights the author's flair for story-telling through her own observations and experiences along her journey.....including a rather early wake-up call, where the author certainly proved her dedication to the cause!
Aline has created an inspiring tribute to the beautifully but impartially depicted sanctuaries and wildlife parks, imparting an easily digestable amount of information (I would never have previously been able to even hazard a guess at the average lifespan of a tiger!!) all eloquently interwoven with her narration of the various colours, sights and sounds of these parks and their surrounding regions.
Indeed, I found the opening's depiction of the vibrancy of the Diwali celebrations equally enjoyable before the author's real journey had even begun! All this, coupled with the stunning photographs of these sanctuaries and their inhabitants have certainly inspired me to visit these parks she so beautifully describes - book in tow! Well worth a read for the tiger-lover, traveller...or as in my case, the simply curious!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I felt the Tiger's Roar 8 Dec. 2004
I had always had a soft spot for tigers and I picked up this book initially because of the wonderful photography on the jacket. Now I have made up my mind to visit India's wildlife parks for myself to see tigers in the wild. The author, Aline Dobbie, visits many of the India's well known and lesser well known wildlife parks, giving the reader much practical information on where to stay, what to do and most importantly, where to see tigers. However, this is hardly a travel guide, and the information is imparted in more of personal journey around the author's homeland (Dobbie was brought up in India). Also here are her thoughts on conservation, poverty and Indian tourism. She treats her subjects in an even-handed and sensitive manner, but by the same token does not pull her punches where critisism is due. Most refreshing! Also, the chapter dealing with the inimitable Jim Corbett is well worth the cover price alone. Overall, an inspirational read that is bound to get you packing your suitcase!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A dinner conversation around India 3 Jun. 2005
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There's no doubting Aline Dobbie's passion for her country of birth. Here she leads us on an extended tour of the reserves in search of the elusive tiger.
The book feels rather like an enjoyable, extended dinner conversation. Wide-ranging and free flowing in subject matter, you put it down happy to have been informed, educated and entertained by each chapter.
And like the best dinner parties, your host seemingly takes no offence if you don't totally follow bits, or don't remember the names. But there are also numerous anecdotes which you will chase, and which will take you far from the tigers to the land of the gods, back to mid-20th century India, and even to the plains of Iraq on one entertaining thrust into modern politics.
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