Author: Supriya Sehgal
Publisher: Harper Collins
A Tigress Called Machhli by Supriya Sehgal is a collection of fascinating stories about the author's adventures with animals during her work as a travel journalist!
The titular story in A Tigress Called Machhli by Supriya Sehgal narrates a formidable scene -- Machhli, the famous tigress of Ranthambore, takes down a 14-foot crocodile and the battle lasts for hours, culminating in an epic move that wins Machhli the title 'Crocodile Hunter.'
Every chapter is about an unusual and enchanting real-life story about an animal. We were stunned, for instance, to read about the Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasargod, Kerala, being home to a temple pet of a very different nature -- a vegetarian crocodile named Babiya, a gentle animal whom the priests view as a divine caretaker of the temple. They even swim in the pond with her and when they do, she shyly swims away from them because she doesn't want to disturb them. Bet you didn't see that coming! Supriya Sehgal is a truly gifted children's writer who makes every little detail come alive with her prose. My kids loved the book!
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