Birds, Beasts and Bandits: 14 Days with Veerappan
|Author||:||Krupakar, Senani, S. R. Ramakrishna|
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The authors are filmmakers on wildlife, travelling along the various parts of the Nilgiri Forest; they were located at the Bandipur Forest Reserve when Veerappan and his associates abducted the duo thinking that they were some important government officials. The bandits thought of it as a prospective strategy to bend the government to accept their needs. They were held hostage for 14 days, and it taught them about the most feared bandit in the world, and a lot about their own fears. Their stay in the jungle took them to some remote places in the jungle that houses the treasures of Jungle, the most beautiful birds and the rarely seen animals.
The bandit had plans to extort money and favors from the government, and other such intentions. But the authors got to learn a lot more. The various things they got to learn about the life of the jungle bandits, and significantly Veerappan. He claimed to not having killed an elephant for many years, and tells about many such facts. Birds, Beasts and Bandits: 14 Days with Veerappan reveals the various facts that are intertwined with a life on the other side of the law. The book holds the stories of the many hostages as they constantly were moving into undiscovered places of the forest discovering the beauty in the wild, and trying to gauge the humanity in Veerappan’s atrocities. This book tells us how the lives of human beings are interconnected regardless of their jobs.
The authors, Krupakar and Senaini are award winning filmmakers who have been involved with major organizations related to wildlife photography and filmmaking. The tale of the authors about their experiences in the jungle, abducted by the well known bandit Veerappan, makes the reader understand that people live their life according to the conditioning of the mind, and the external environment is as much to blame as the individual himself. Birds, Beasts and Bandits: 14 Days with Veerappan also has a lot of comical digressions, of state of minds, amidst the fearful experiences of being with a bunch of killers. It takes you inside the feelings of a bandit who is rejected by the society, and tells you what drove an intelligent man like him to be a bandit.
The narration is very lucid and makes the content easy to absorb and understand. The description of various incidences that reveal the characters of the uncouth and rabid individuals, who were living in an uncivilized manner for many years, is hilarious. The normalcy of the bandits touch the heart and reduce the gap of perception, as the readers learn to see the bandits as fellow beings in the world and experience a compassion in rising. The book bridges the understanding of people with humane values that resonate from every human being on the planet. The book holds an excellent description of the scary villain of a bandit and his other side.
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