Time for another tree walk

Film­maker Pradip Kr­ishen pub­lishes his next work, Jun­gle Trees of Cen­tral In­dia

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AAT ONE PLACE in this book un­der re­view, au­thor Pradip Kr­ishen writes, “I could think of no way de­pict­ing the sub­tle shades of mahua’s new fo­liage in the com­pass of a sin­gle spread. Here is a sam­ple spread of the rus­set tonnes of the most beau­ti­ful of trees. ”What fol­lows is a spread re­splen­dent with breathtaking images of the mahua tree that are also re­mark­able for the de­tail they of­fer. That is one of the strengths of Kr­ishen’s Jun­gle Trees of Cen­tral In­dia, A Field Guide for Tree Spot­ters. Kr­ishen is a master with words. But he also knows when to let the pho­tog­ra­pher take over. It helps that he is also a bril­liant pho­tog­ra­pher.

Cen­tral In­dia, the sub­ject of Kr­ishen’s en­quiry, might seem a rather vague en­tity. One will not find it in a po­lit­i­cal map of the coun­try. Kr­ishen is care­ful to qual­ify his choice quite early. “My ver­sion of Cen­tral In­dia en­com­passes most but not all of the state of Mad­hya Pradesh.It also ac­com­mo­dates a sliver of (north­ern) Ma­ha­rash­tra, a slice of Ch­hat­tis­garh, tiny out­liers of (south­ern) Ut­tar Pradesh and a lon­gi­tu­di­nal wedge of (east­ern) Ra­jasthan... Cen­tral In­dia makes a lot of eco­log­i­cal sense but is not an ex­clu­sive do­main and there are

JUN­GLE TREES OF CEN­TRAL IN­DIA, A FIELD GUIDE FOR TREE SPOT­TERS Pradip Kr­ishen

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