Jim Corbett, a famous British hunter, scavenger and naturalist, who also wrote a number of successful books, was born on July 25, 1875. He was a high-ranking colonel in the British Indian Army and was often drafted into the then United Provinces government. . of Agra and Oudh, to kill man-eating tigers and leopards that preyed on humans in the nearby villages of the Garhwal and Kumaon divisions and many of his books, aside from fiction, are based on his adventures hunting the ferocious felines in the Indian valleys.
On his 144th birthday, check out 5 books written by Jim Corbett here:
Man Eaters of Kumaon (1944): It describes the experiences Corbett had in the Kumaon region of India from the 1900s to the 1930s, hunting man-eating Bengal tigers and Indian leopards. Containing 10 tales of tracking and shooting man-eaters in the Indian Himalayas, the book is Corbett’s best-known work.
The Man-Eating Leopard by Rudraprayag (1947): Rudraprayag’s leopard was a male man-eating leopard, known to have killed more than 125 people. It was eventually killed by hunter and author Jim Corbett. In the book, the author and hunter gives a carefully detailed account of an infamous leopard that terrorized life in the hills of the colonial United Provinces.
My India (1952): The collection features classic stories about the people who lived in the gripping rural world of the Indian foothills. Corbett shows great sympathy for these people through his observations of their lives, traditions and culture.
Jungle Tradition (1953): Jungle Lore is Jim Corbett’s closest approach to an autobiography, revealing his lifelong passion for the people, jungle and animals of the Kumaon Hills in the Himalayan foothills, and his despair at the alienation of the humanity of its environment.
My Kumaon: Uncollected Writings (2012): The book contains unpublished writings by Jim Corbett about man-eaters, nature and his beloved Kumaon, personal letters, articles written by his contemporaries for newspapers and gazettes, and letters exchanged between Corbett and his publisher.