To mark eminent naturalist Jim Corbett’s 139th birth anniversary, Anjana Basu’s “In the Shadow of the Leaves” was launched recently in the presence of eminent film maker Anik Dutta, actor director playwright Vinay Sharma and wildlife expert Rishin Basu Roy.
Anjana Basu works as an advertising consultant in Kolkata and has a book of short stories to her credit. This was published by Orient Longman. In the shadow of the leaves is her fifth novel and second book for children. The first book was titled Chinku and the Wolf Boy and was published by Roti. The writer has also worked on scripts with the late director Rituparno Ghosh for many of his films. Some of the films that she worked in are The Last Lear and Antarmahal.
“The story of the book is about two young kids who with the aid of the ghost of Jim Corbett help in catching a poacher and trapping him. The idea came to my mind when a friend of mine once told me that many security guards in the Corbett National Park still believe that Corbett’s ghost walked in the jungle. They also believed that when the ghost walked blue light surrounded him. All this inspired me to pen down the thoughts in the form of a story” said writer Anjana Basu. The writer also felt that poaching is one of the side effects of poverty. The people are so poor that they do not think twice before killing an animal. She urged that steps must be taken to reduce poverty and also stop animals from getting killed mercilessly.
Anik Dutta praised the author for her efforts at writing a story for children and also spreading the message in such an intelligent manner.
In the Shadow of the leaves will make for an interesting read. Make sure you grab your own copy.