Archive for March, 2010

The Lure of the Jungle

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Join us at T2F for a discussion on “big cats” and wildlife conservation

Thursday, 4th March 2010 | 6:30 pm

Munzir Ahmad, the grandson of “Deputy” Nazir Ahmad and elder brother of Shahid Ahmed Dehlavi, reached out for his gun more readily than the pen. A reputed shikari who hunted big cats all over North India with a passion, became a champion of animal conservation when he realized that the forests and wildlife were under serious threat of extinction. Around this time, he was also inspired to write Big Cats of India. He spent many years writing the book but died before it could be published. Nearly thirty years after it was written, the book has just been published from Karachi and seems more relevant now as the threat to wildlife has become even more serious. Full of interesting accounts of jungle lore, the book provides an occasion to discuss and debate the larger questions around wildlife in South Asia.



  • Introduction to the book and author by Masroor Ahmad
  • Memories of Baray Bhai (author’s nickname) by Dr Aslam Farrukhi
  • From Shikar to Wildlife Conservation by Obaidullah Baig

About the Author

Munzir Ahmad (1903-1986) was born in Delhi and went to school in Aligarh. He then studied law and graduated from Delhi University. Despite his literary lineage, he became fascinated by game hunting during his student days. His love for nature and the pursuit of his hobby took him to the jungles of the “United Provinces” where he spent 40 years interacting with nature and wildlife. Like most big-game shikaris, his long association with wildlife and “big cats”, brought about a metamorphosis in his relationship with wildife. Munzir Ahmad’s book, Big Cats of India, is a record of his observations of the lives and ways of big cats in their natural habitat.

Date: Thursday, 4th March, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.