Book Review: The Vanishing by Prerna Singh Bindra

Book: The Vanishing

Author: Prerna Singh Bindra

Publisher: Penguin Viking

Pages: 280 pages

Price: Rs 599/-

After she authored “King and I: Travels in Tiger land” and “When I Grow Up I want to be a Tiger” Wildlife Conservationist, Author and Journalist Prerna Singh Bindra brings for us “The Vanishing” India’s Wildlife crisis as she defines, is a personal account to depict the sorry state of Wildlife Conservation in India.

With the articulate mind of a Journalist she alerts every one of us referring to disappearance of plant and animal species from our surroundings. She cites the example of extinction like Sparrows and Squirrels from around us.

In the 13 chapters of the books, one can relate with every points she makes about the pathetic states of wildlife in India with personal touch giving details the reader can relate to. As she points that from the wild we are losing the Great Indian Bustard, leopards, Olive Ridley turtles and tigers.

The harm become worse with the inattentiveness of the Government towards environment, she points fingers to both the present and past governments towards their slow attitude towards Environment conservations. It is important to note that the author has served as a non officio member of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) for three years, but she cites helplessness for not able to do anything concrete because of rules and regulations involved.

She alerts us before hand with her deep account in The Vanishing and warns everyone of us that the day is not too far, if not checked properly we all may vanish one day in near future.