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India: The Tiger's Roar [Hardcover]

Aline Dobbie
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5 Nov 2004
India: the Tiger's Roar, is Aline Dobbie's personal account of
her pilgrimage to her native India in search of that most magnificent and
elusive of beasts, the tiger.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Melrose Books; Revised edition edition (5 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954848020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954848026
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,254,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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'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.

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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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