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HIMALAYA

MOUNTAINS OF LIFE

 

Himalaya: Mountains of Life is a coffee table book authored by Sandesh Kadur and Kamaljit S. Bawa. The book contains information about the biodiversity of eastern Himalayas and is divided into four main chapters: the Land, the People, the Animals and the Plants.

The book aims at capturing the biodiversity and culture of the eastern Himalayan region by documenting behaviors and rarely photographed species. It is a sequel to Sahyadris, India’s Western Ghats. 

Much as the photographs portray the glory of the Himalayas, this stands in stark contrast to the devastation wrought on the great mountains that has been equally well documented by the authors. Climate change, a booming human population with its ceaseless needs and demands for resources, and the rapid economic development are imperiling the ecosystems that sustain us. Intensive hunting is driving species to near extinction. The eastern Himalayas face an immediate threat as the exploitation of rivers for hydro-electric power will inundate large tracts, still river flow and impact livelihoods of fishermen and farmers downstream.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

KAMAL BAWA
Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and President of the Bangalore based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.

http://www.kbawa.com

SANDESH KADUR
An award winning wildlife photographer and film-maker with a passion for conservation and education. He is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the director of Felis

http://www.sandeshkadur.com

 

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"From the plains of the Brahmaputra River, the home of the Great Indian Rhinoceros, up through the evergreen and coniferous forests to the alpine meadows, and finally to the sublime peaks and glaciers, this book celebrates scenic splendor and the glorious variety of plants and animals."

George Schaller
Panthera and Wildlife Conservation Society

"The text and photographs of this book capture the sheer beauty of the Himalaya at every scale, from the intricate detail of a moth`s wing to the sweep of vast alpine landscapes."

Rohini Nilekani
Chairperson, Arghyam


"Through the combination of visual and textual material, readers will be able to understand the richness of Eastern Himalayan life and the importance of conserving it—both for its own sake and because it collectively forms the basis for continued human existence."

Peter Raven
Missouri Botanical Garden

 

"It is a real pleasure to slowly page through the wonderful book "Himalaya-Mountains of Life" by Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur. The goldmine of information about these mighty magic mountains is enhanced by a huge selection of magnificent photos, spanning from panoramas of the ranges and peaks to the people and wild creatures which populate this roof of the world. This is one book you keep coming back to, whetting your appetite, as it does, for yet another visit to the HImalayas."

Romulus Whitaker
Herpetologist, Madaras Snake Park



 


REVIEWS 

Editor
PRIYA SINGH
REINMAR SEIDLER

Design & Layout
GEORGE THENGUMMOOTTIL

Illustrations & Map
NANDITA MONDAL
VIJAYAKUMAR S.P.
UTTAM BABU SHRESTHA

Publisher
ATREE
ASHOKA TRUST FOR RESEARCH IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Distributor India
FELIS CREATIONS PVT.LTD

Distributor USA
GORGAS SCIENCE FOUNDATION
8435 SABAL PALM RD.
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS 78521

Pages
312 PAGES HARDBOUND

Dimensions
12 X 11 X 1.1 INCHES

ISBN
1 615 845 127

Photo Credits
A.Christy Williams, Adarsh N.C . Aparajita Datta, Arati Rao, ATREE-UNESCO, Dhritiman Mukherjee, George Schaller, George Thengummoottil, Ishan Agarwal, Kashmira Kakati, Krushnamegh Kunte, Manjula Mathur, Nagaland Wildlife and Biodiversity, Conservation Project, Namdapha Wildlife Monitoring Program,, NCF, Naresh Swami, Nilanjan Mukherjee, Pankaj Kumar, Pranav Chanchani, Priya Singh, Ramki Sreenivasan, Rebecca Pradhan, Royal Geographical Society, David Breashears, Glacierworks, S. Karthikeyan, Samuel Thomas, Sangeetha Kadur, Seth Patterson, Shashank Dalvi, Tenzing Ingty , Uttam Babu Shreshta, Viral Mistry