Review: The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag

The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag by Jim Corbett

A review

The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag is about Jim Corbett’s famous adventure of his pursuit of a wily adversary who gained notoriety for transforming into a devilish (and even an incarnation of the devil itself to some!) killer.

The book details the long hunt launched by Corbett for the leopard and how he finally triumphed over the beast at the end of a prolonged and riveting contest. The hunting of the leopard called for the very best in Corbett and this is what makes this book an enthralling read. One is amazed at the man’s superhuman levels of perseverance, energy, determination, patience and courage. Corbett’s story is not one of bravado. His solo nocturnal battles waged against the dangerous leopard are more tales of a man performing a duty for his fellow man, putting to full use his own self and talents to serve, rather than a pursuit of individual glory. Ironically, the modest tone of his narration only arouses even greater awe in the mind of the reader for this exceptional individual.

The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag is a great read, a true cat-and-mouse tale that is also a first-hand commentary of a how a man rid a community of a terror that had captured its nights and days for eight long years.

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