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A Book on #Similipal “Wilderness Tales from Similipal” by Satyesh Naik #Odisha
Wilderness Tales from Similipal by Satyesh Naik
Cinnamon Teal Publishing/2016
ISBN: 9789383175772
English/ Paperback/ Pages 226 Price: 900INR
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Few Lines On “Wilderness Tales from Similipal” by Satyesh Naik

Very few books have been written depicting the rich forests of Odisha and especially Similipal, the metaphor that symbolises the wilderness of the state. Comprising of 27 short chapters and more than 100 coloured photographs from the tiger land of Odisha, it’s a first of the kind for the wildlife lovers of the state. Not to forget some of the rare, never seen black and white photographs from the rich bygone days of Similipal. The book is dedicated to the front line staff of the Tiger Reserve who live in some of the most hostile and remote forested tracts of the country. Their life in the forests, the patrolling pattern and the camaraderie existing between them while protecting some of the last tiger lands of the country is aptly captured in the book. The book also highlights the camping days of the author and his observations on the wildlife and avifauna presence in Similipal. Anecdotes and the local tales from the staff and the villagers have been creatively documented in the book which makes it a popular read among the wildlifers and nature lovers. At the same time, the threat of poaching of wildlife in Similipal, the importance of meticulous and focussed patrolling has not been overlooked in the book which makes it a must read for people interested in conservation scenario in some of the vulnerable forested patches of the country. “Wilderness tales from Similipal” is a must read and book worth possessing.

Release of my Book ” Wilderness Tales from Similipal” by our Honorable CM, Shri Naveen Patnaikji at Bhubaneswar on 4th October.

About the Author:
Satyesh Naik is a wildlife conservationist and writer from Odisha. He has been visiting the lesser known but ecologically rich sanctuaries of the state with a passion to capture, document and preserve wildlife. He shares his experiences in a blog “Wilderness Tales from Odisha”. Satyesh has been helping the Odisha Forest department in photographic documentation of the avifauna diversity. He has co-authored birding books on Satkosia and Similipal Tiger Reserves and some of his articles have appeared in wildlife magazines of national repute. He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering and has done Masters in Human Resources Management. Satyesh currently works as a HR professional in Hyderabad.

Some Blurbs on the Book:
Reading Satyesh Naik’s Similipal experiences brought home old days when S.R. Roy Choudhury & Kailash Sankhala were part of the dream team that launched Project Tiger in the 1970s. We should all be grateful for the fact that parts of India, such as Similipal, are still truly biodiverse & wild. Despite a myriad of conservation problems, we have reason for hope because young persons are increasingly aware of the fact that the quality of their lives is linked to the extent and quality of natural ecosystems that includes forests such as Similipal, our rivers, lakes, mountains & seas. These gifts of nature are being protected by India’s true Dharti Sevaks (Earth Protectors) — the frontline staff & officials of the Forest Departments. Satyesh’s tales will take you through Similipal’s wonderland & bring alive some of the magic that has wakened the souls of all fortunate enough to be in love with things wild.
Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia

The glory of the Similipal landscape, aptly called the Himalaya of Odisha, is vividly captured by Satyesh Naik in 25 short articles and over 100 beautiful photographs, including a black & white picture of Khairi, the famous tigress raised by the legendary Saroj Raj Choudhury, the first field director of the Reserve. Good reading & worth possessing.
Dr. A.J.T.Johnsingh, Nature Conservation Foundation and WWF-India.

With it’s pristine forests, unique flora & fauna, waterfalls, rivers & mountains, Similipal is synonymous with Odisha’s famed wilderness. I am delighted that eminent wildlife enthusiast Satyesh Naik has captured his experiences of this beautiful habitat in this book. I hope this book is available widely so that more and more people are enriched with knowledge of their natural heritage.
          Bikram Grewal, Author of several guides to birds of Indian Subcontinent

The book clearly reveals the “love affair” between the author & Simlipal. This work is significant not only for the forests & wildlife of Simlipal but also for Odisha as a whole. His words paint a vivid picture of the beauty of the Simlipal landscape. His anecdotes of wildlife & of the life of those serving there will surely be enjoyed by all. The pictures of the old forest rest houses & wildlife add to the value of the book. At the same time, the threat of poaching of wildlife has not been overlooked. I look forward to more such books from Satyesh’s pen
Prosenjit Das Gupta, Author of “Walks in the Wild”, “10 Walks in Calcutta” and others.

Satyesh is a wonderful storyteller with fascinating forest experiences. In these times of the sixth extinction crisis, this publication will not only regale the reader with great stories from the enchanting Similipal forests, but will also create immense impact to foster interest in the minds of the young generation towards biodiversity, ecosystems & environment. What touches me most is the author’s wholehearted & unflinching acknowledgement of the contribution of forest guards & other field officials who zealously guard our forests & their denizens.
Panchami Manoo Ukil, Founder-The Bhubaneswar Bird Walks (TBBW)

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