GREY HORNBILLS AT DUSK

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Author: Bulbul Sharma
Publisher: Aleph Book Company(12-Jun-14)
Edition: 12-Jun-14
ISBN-13: 9789382277651
Publishing year: Aleph Book Company
No of pages: 189 Pages
Weight: 170g
Language: English
Book binding: Paperback

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Bulbul Sharma is a painter and writer. Her works are in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi and Chandigarh Museum as well as in private collections in India, UK, USA, Japan, Canada and France. She has held solo exhibitions of her paintings in Mumbai, London and Delhi and participated in group shows both in and outside India. She has written several books - these include My Sainted Aunts The Perfect Woman, Anger of Aubergines, Shaya Tales and Tailor of Giripul. Her books have been translated into Italian, French, German, Chinese, Spanish and Finnish.

At times lyrical, at times laugh-out-loud funny and always informative, Grey Hornbills at Dusk is a book that demands to be read by lovers of nature, fans of good writing and every sort of reader in between. Delhi, with its graceful old gardens and sprawling parks, unexpected patches of scrub forest and elegant avenues of old trees, has an amazing range of bird habitats. All you have to do is find a good spot with flowering shrubs or old trees and then sit down to be entertained. The birds will come to you one by one and they do not care if you greet them or not. In a lifetime spent exploring the gardens, monuments, parks and forest areas in and around Delhi, Bulbul Sharma has observed and written about numerous bird, animal and plant species. From the Grey Hornbills and Rose-ringed parakeets at Lodi Garden to the handsome resident Indian Eagle-owl at Tughlakabad Fort, she observes and records all manner of bird and animal behaviour through the changing seasons of the city in this delightful book. She describes how the different seasons bring about changes to Delhis flora and fauna. During fog -shrouded winter days she makes her way to Sultanpur Lake to watch the migratory birds, sometimes dragging reluctant family members along - groggy and demanding tea and samosas. During the brief Delhi spring the flowers at every roundabout and every garden burst into life and colour while the birds busily start building nests. In the cruel summer months, when the calls of the Coppersmith and the Green Barbet resound from every leafy tree, everyone flees indoors to escape the heat of the sun. And then the monsoon arrives, heralded by the Pied-crested Cuckoo, which has never failed in its prediction of the rains. Stray cats and howling jackals, startled nilgais and crafty koels inhabit the pages of this book as the author takes us on an unforgettable nature ramble around Delhi.