by Ranjit Lal
well known Naturalist and Birder
12 – 1 pm, 3rd June 2009
@The American Center
24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi
about the Speaker
Ranjit Lal was born in Calcutta in 1955, and educated in Mumbai, graduating in Economics and Sociology. Ranjit is interested in natural history with a leaning towards birds and birding, and in photography (especially birds and nature). As a freelance writer and columnist over the last 25 years, he has had well over 1000 articles, short stories, features and photo-features published in over 50 newspapers and magazines in India and abroad. His areas of interest include humor, satire and automobiles, on which he writes for both adults and children.
He is the author of several books. The Crow Chronicles (Penguin, 1996), his first novel, was a bird-based socio-political fable, based in India’s premier bird sanctuary at Bharatpur. The Life and Times of Altu Faltu (IndiaInk, 2001) followed; this time a fable ostensibly based on Delhi’s large population of rhesus monkeys, rather enigmatically and ambiguously called ‘Delhizens’. A novella for children, That Summer at Kalagarh (Tulika, 2001) based in Corbett National Park was followed by three more children’s novellas, jointly published as The Bossman Adventures (Harper Collins, Publishers 2001).
A personal favourite was Birds From My Window (Tulika 2002), an illustrated introduction to common garden birds written for children. This was followed by Birds of Delhi (Oxford University Press, 2002), an illustrated guide and introduction to the whereabouts of around 150 species of birds found in Delhi. Bossman and the Thrown Away Family (Rupa, 2003) appeared in 2003, followed by The Caterpillar Who Went on a Diet and Other Stories (Puffin 2004), a collection of fourteen insect-based stories, featuring among others, the said caterpillar, a cockroach head over heels in love, an ambitious gang of ‘leather and black metal’ dung beetles, an ant with capitalist ambitions and a housefly with a fetish for cleanliness. When Banshee Kissed Bimbo, (Puffin 2005) a collection of bird stories based in Goa appeared in 2005.
In the continuing Bossman series, Bossman and the Kala Shaitan (Rupa 2005) appeared in 2005. The Small Tigers of Shergarh (Roli/IndiaInk) appeared in 2006, as did Waterbirds (Rupa), a sort of sequel to Birds From My Window. The Battle for Number 19 (Puffin), for teenagers, was published in 2007. The Simians of South Block and the Yumyum Piglets (Roli/IndiaInk) and Wild City (Penguin) were published in 2008.
Ranjit Lal lives in Delhi.
- The American Centre is at walking distance from Barakhamba Metro Station.
- Parking is available at the adjacent Parikrama building and the outer circle.
- To facilitate your entry into the American Centre please carry a photo id. Mobile phones and laptops are allowed within the American Center. However, for security reasons, photography through mobile phones is prohibited.
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