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Birds; Beasts & Bandits: 14 Days with Ve (English) By Senani (Ramakrishna, S. R. (Tr., Krupakar
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Based on their real-life abduction by Veerappan in 1997, the book recounts Krupakar and Senani’s fourteen days in captivity and reveals an unexpected side of India’s most wanted dacoit.

Summary Of The Book

In October 1997, while working on a documentary film in the Bandipur forest in Karnataka, filmmakers Krupakar and Senani were abducted by Veerappan, India’s most wanted dacoit at the time. Veerappan had mistaken them for government officials and intended to hold them ransom to negotiate terms. Bewildered by this bizarre incident, Krupakar and Senani had to face their fears and overcome them too. Veerappan was no ordinary dacoit. They knew that he was a smuggler and a mass murderer, and that their lives were in his hands.

However, amidst such hopeless circumstances, they discovered something that no one could have ever imagined. The man known to be a wild and untamable outlaw was in fact quite humane. A devotee of Lord Muneswara, he would cover his forehead with the holy ash every morning. He would easily drift into a philosophical monologue or a discourse on spirituality and could even produce a perfect monkey call. His men too were quite sociable and eager to learn. They spent fourteen days in captivity and left the camp with a heavy heart.

In this extraordinary personal account, Krupakar and Senani defy the common view of Veerappan and narrate a story that is incredibly revealing and intensely moving. Originally written as a series in a Kannada weekly, Sudha, the story was converted into a book in the Kannada language. The book was later translated to English by well-known translator S. R. Ramakrishna.

About The Authors

Krupakar B.S. and Senani Hegde are eminent wildlife photographers, filmmakers, and conservationists. They are more popularly referred to as Krupakar-Senani.

Together they have made many award-winning documentaries on wildlife. These include The Pack: Episode 5, which won the prestigious Green Oscar Award in 2010, and Wild Dog Diaries, which received many awards at international film festivals, including those held in France, Germany, UK, and Japan. They have co-authored a book called Jeeva Jaala with Dr. K Puttaswamy, for which they received the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award in 1999 for Science Writing.

The duo hails from Mysore, Karnataka. Krupakar worked as a journalist before venturing into professional photography, and Hegde worked in the construction business before taking up wildlife photography with Krupakar. They have also founded Namma Sangha, a conservationist society in the Bandipur forest, which has been successful in removing fuel wood from the forest and introducing cooking gas in the nearby villages.

Specifications of Birds; Beasts & Bandits: 14 Days with Ve (English) (Paperback)

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Author Senani (Ramakrishna, S. R. (Tr., Krupakar
Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN INDIA
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9780143415107
ISBN-10 0143415107
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 188 Pages
Dimensions
Height 0.47 inch
Weight 150 g
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13 Nov 2011
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Must read for anyone who has ever heard of Veerappan

The book shows us the other - often downplayed - part of the jungle life that Veerappan and his gang lived. It keeps you hooked throughout and makes you wonder how Veerappan being so intelligent and knowledgeable, became a bandit.

Some typos are occasionally present. But overall a very well written and translated book. As I said, a must read for anyone who has ever heard of Veerappan.

Rating: 4/5

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15 Mar 2012
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A moving tale

Krupakar and Senani have written a great account of the time they spent in the forest after being kidnapped by Veerappan.

Some of the tales that they recount had me laughing, while others had me contemplating human nature & it's complexities...is there really a black & white reality anywhere?

Some wonderful insights. A wonderful read. Buy it. Rent it. Borrow it. You will not regret your time spent in reading this book.

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08 Aug 2013
Non- Stop ! Could not put it down !

Well written book. I enjoyed reading each day's account, transported me to the forest's, it was like I was in the middle of the action. A welcome departure from news paper "fiction" reports about the bandit Veerappan. Krupar and Senani have done a great job ! and let us not forget the translator too ! A must read,

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23 Mar 2012
Awful

Bored of serious stuff I glanced through the humour section and unfortunately picked this book up. I was completely mislead by the reviews and ratings for the book. This book has nothing worth mentionioning about. I find humour nowhere in the book and finished it just because I had spent so much on it.

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02 Feb 2012
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Must Read

Excellent narration!! Loved every bit of it. This book reminded me about the days I spent in Bandipur during tiger estimate survey, could feel the ambient of the forest and the humor is very good.

For all those who love conservation and have curiosity know about the Brigand its a must read

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Totally misleading reviews !!!

The book is neither a must-read nor a funny one as reviewed by most people.Just a time-pass book and believe me you won't miss much if you give this book a pass. (View complete review)

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Splendid

This book gives a new insight into the life of Veerappan. Definitely a Page turner. Though I am a slow reader but I just took just one week to finish this. Must read!! (View complete review)

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08 Aug 2013
Non- Stop ! Could not put it down !

Well written book. I enjoyed reading each day's account, transported me to the forest's, it was like I was in the middle of the action. A welcome departure from news paper "fiction" reports about the bandit Veerappan. Krupar and Senani have done a great job ! and let us not forget the t... (View complete review)

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Inside Story

A glimpse of inside the gang led by Verappan. A tale told in a very simplistic way, be it the making of morning tea or the flattened grass. A very rare opportunity to peep inside without getting kidnapped. (View complete review)

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