Travels on My Elephant by Mark Shand

Travels on My Elephant by Mark Shand

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To his account of the trials and tribulations of life on the road, the author brings view of the oldest partnership between man and animal and reflects on the 4,000-year history of the culture in which the elephant has such a special place.

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For Mark Shand, there is no better way to see India than from the howdah of an Indian elephant. Before he set off on his 1000 kilometre journey, Tara was a scrawny 33-year-old begging elephant and by the time they reached the Sonepur Mela (the world's oldest elephant market) she had been transformed through tender loving care into a star attraction. Everywhere they went - into communities that had not changed in millennia or along new arterial roads where trans-continental juggernauts thundered past - the Western mahout, trained by Tara's minder, and his five eccentric Indian companions drew inquisitive crowds. Yet there was an inward as well as an outward journey. Merely arriving was not the end of the story and finding a good home for Tara was to present the greatest challenge of all. To his account of the trials and tribulations of life on the road he brings view of the oldest partnership between man and animal and reflects on the 4,000-year history of the culture in which the elephant has such a special place.

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SKU GOR001237326
Title Travels on My Elephant
Author By (author) Mark Shand
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Vintage
Year Published 1991
Number of Pages 200
ISBN 10 0224026313
ISBN 13 9780224026314
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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For Mark Shand, there is no better way to see India than from the howdah of an Indian elephant. Before he set off on his 1000 kilometre journey, Tara was a scrawny 33-year-old begging elephant and by the time they reached the Sonepur Mela (the world's oldest elephant market) she had been transformed through tender loving care into a star attraction. Everywhere they went - into communities that had not changed in millennia or along new arterial roads where trans-continental juggernauts thundered past - the Western mahout, trained by Tara's minder, and his five eccentric Indian companions drew inquisitive crowds. Yet there was an inward as well as an outward journey. Merely arriving was not the end of the story and finding a good home for Tara was to present the greatest challenge of all. To his account of the trials and tribulations of life on the road he brings view of the oldest partnership between man and animal and reflects on the 4,000-year history of the culture in which the elephant has such a special place.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR001237326
Title Travels on My Elephant
Author By (author) Mark Shand
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Vintage
Year Published 1991
Number of Pages 200
ISBN 10 0224026313
ISBN 13 9780224026314
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No