Book by the brook: The best ones to read in leisure

Visiting a wildlife sanctuary? These books are the best bet for a quiet evening.

Published:December 20, 2015 4:04 pm

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Planning a visit to a wildlife sanctuary? These books will immediately transport you to wonderland after your day safari. Pick one, you will love it.

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
The first of the Faraway Tree series, it introduces readers to Jo, Beth and Frannie who find an enchanted wood at the back of their cottage. In its midst, stands the Faraway Tree, home to magical characters who become their new friends.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
When Max dresses in his wolf costume, he unleashes chaos at home. The result? He’s sent to bed without supper. At night, Max’s bedroom transforms into a jungle, and he sails to an island inhabited by the “Wild Things”.

Man-eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett
The best known  of Jim Corbett’s books, it includes thrilling tales of shooting tigers in the Himalayan forests.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Based on his own experiences as the captain of a steamer on the Congo river, Conrad’s novella tells the story of Charles Marlow who sails down the African coast and to the interior of the continent.

Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau reflects upon simple living in natural surroundings. First published in 1854, the book chronicles Thoreau’s experiences in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts.

Malabarile Shikkar by MP Sivadasa Menon
A rare collection of hunting stories by a professor of English in Malayalam. In MP Sivadasa Menon’s fine prose, the forests in the lower reaches of the Western Ghats come alive.

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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
A collection of stories, they were first published in magazines in 1893–94. Kipling packed them with nearly everything he knew or “heard or dreamed about the Indian jungle”. The tales in the book are fables, much like Aesop’s, and dispenses moral lessons through its anthropomorphic characters.

Aranyak by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
Drawn from the writer’s experiences as an estate manager in Bihar, it is a tale of an ecocide caused by man’s hunger for land. Newly-appointed estate manager Satyacharan has the task of turning forest into a plantation. He comes across a cast of interesting people, who share an intimate bond with the forest.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
One of the Bard’s most popular plays, it is set in a forest where fairies make mischief and manipulate a group of Athenian lovers and a crew of six amateur actors to hilarious consequences.

Carvalho by Poornachandra Tejaswi
Poornachandra Tejaswi’s Kannada novella features a set of people, who have set out in the Western Ghats in search of an elusive flying lizard. A physical and a philosophical adventure.

Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm
First published in 1812 as a collection of 86 German fairy tales, the book by the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm, was initially criticised because its contents were not considered suitable for children. Several stories that were set in the woods went on to become famous — Hansel and Gretel, Little Brair Rose (their version of Sleeping Beauty), Rapunzel and more.

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