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Picture gallery: A Decade with Tigers by Shivang Mehta

A photographer’s take on the rise in the popularity of tigers in the last 10 years

books Updated: Nov 03, 2017 20:04 IST
Zalim stole the limelight for fathering his orphaned cubs - a rare tiger behaviour documented in Ranthambhore.
Zalim stole the limelight for fathering his orphaned cubs - a rare tiger behaviour documented in Ranthambhore.(Shivang Mehta)
Rs 1750, 360pp, Niyogi Books.

Tigers are symbolic of the Indian wilderness and the mesmerising stripes have long captured popular imagination. A Decade with Tigers is a photographer’s take on the dramatic rise in the popularity of tigers in the past decade. Powered by social media and an increasing number of photographers interested in documenting the various moods and behaviours of tigers in forests across the country, tigers have been anthropomorphised, with some of them becoming the ‘tiger icons’ of India.

Paro in her favourite pool, which has made her a photographer’s delight over the years. (Shivang Mehta)
The bankable Ustad rests during peak summer of 2013 after a heavy meal. (Shivang Mehta)

A Decade with Tigers is a unique tribute to the tigers who have played a vital role as ‘brand ambassadors’ of Indian wildlife. The volume chronicles legendary tiger mothers and male tigers of the past decade, as well as their tales of survival, complemented by exquisite images by wildlife photographer Shivang Mehta, who has spent thousands of hours on the field. Also showcased is the singular diversity of Indian wildlife though spectacular imagse of the myriad species that share their home with tigers, photographed in terrains ranging from forests to the plains of Central India.

Vijaya’s cub peeps from behind while trying to keep pace with mom during May 2012. (Shivang Mehta)

The book also delves into the changing landscape of tiger photography in India and contains expert opinions by leading nature photographers on the need for creativity and innovation in the photography and portrayal of India’s magnificent national animal.

Vijaya marches towards the Bandhavgarh Fort with all her three cubs one early morning in May 2012. (Shivang Mehta)
Author and photographer Shivang Mehta. (Courtesy Niyogi Books)

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