Jin Corbett (1875-1955) was born in Naini Tal and spent most of his life in Kumaon. He is still remembered as a hero in the region and his fame worldwide grows undimmed thanks to the books he wrote.
When it originally appeared in a limited edition in 1979, Mr. Kala's Jim Corbett of Kumaon was the first extended biography to be published of the great man. Since then others less familiar with Corbett and the region he trod have written on him, but Mr. Kala's work remains an important and pioneering source book and, perhaps because he too belongs to the mountains of Kumaon and Garhwal so loved by Corbett, this book evokes Corbett's life and world with a knowledge and authenticity lacking in other books on the subject.
In preparing the second edition of Jim Corbett of Kumaon, the author revised the text extensively and added some new material. The book has been widely spoken of by Corbett fans for many years, but remained unavailable for too long. This paperback edition will be widely welcomed by a new generation of readers.
Mr. D. C. Kala, a former News Editor with a leading Delhi paper, lives in Ranikhet Amidst Deodhar trees. His biography of Frederick 'Pahari' Wilson, an early White hunter and timber magnate who operated in the Bhagirathi valley, will be published shortly by Ravi Dayal Publisher.
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