Kerala Tourism has come up with a four-volume coffee-table book on the state’s rich biodiversity up along its rugged hills on the eastern side. The pictures are enchanting, the literature is inspiring. A bicoloured frog faces the Travancore turtle on the opposite page. Two Nilgiri tahrs mate on the grassy hilltop otherwise hued by a blue sky. Perched on a thorny branch of one tree, the golden oriole shows off the yellow fluff of its feathers. The leopard, peacock and myna enrich the sylvan surrounds by coming into core focus. As if happily seeking to blur a general notion that Kerala is all about blue backwaters dotted with country boats and sandy beaches lined by coconut trees, the state’s government has come up with a clutch of coffee-table books that t...Read More...
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