Shooter gone wild

One of his early encounters with a wild tiger was in the mid-70s at Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh, when it was yet to be declared a tiger reserve. As conservationist Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, then 28 years old, was busy taking snaps of red-wattled lapwing chicks, he suddenly spotted a yellow object melting into the tall grass of the meadow. He soon realized that it was a huge tiger to his left, not more than 50 yards from where he was standing. What followed in the next few minutes was enough for Biswajit to fall for this “large-hearted gentleman”, as Jim Corbett had famously called tigers…….

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