Hidden India: A Journey to Where the Wild Things Are, is a breathtaking new project featuring over 300 photographs by one of India’s foremost conservation ecologist and photographer, Latika Nath, and writing by journalist, essayist and environmentalist, Shloka Nath.
The book showcases extraordinary images of landscapes and wildlife from across India, many of which are now critically endangered. It also features writing examining one of literature’s most rewarding and enduring themes: Our relationship with Nature. It speaks of breathtaking vistas and mythical creatures. It is a testament to that which endures, to the wonder of life. The tigers that appear in the bushes when you least expect them, the birdsong of the peacock, the call of the Cheetal (spotted deer), the gush of wind through the trees, the enigmatic turtles in the blue waters of the Andamans, the serrated mountains of Ladakh—our planet contains more mystery, love, and beauty than the human heart can possibly hold.
Life is after all, a journey to where the wild things are.
From the Foreword
The images and prose in this book are glorious testaments to the power of nature to soothe us, and to the extraordinary vulnerability of the natural world. Latika’s photographs transport us, allowing glimpses of India that are almost dream-like in their ethereal beauty. Shloka’s words capture the passion and energy of her home, a place where the spirt of her beloved brother is always strong. And the cherished soul that inspired this work, Kaveesh Nath, casts the warmest glow on the deep green forests and magnificent creatures he was so devoted to protecting.
— Marcia Marsh, Chief Operating Officer, WWF International
Latika Nath, a conservation ecologist and photographer with a D.Phil on Tiger Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford is an ardent traveller, photographer, and diver and spends time exploring the myriad wilderness spaces of our planet. Her areas of interest include landscape ecology and resolution of human-wildlife conflict. She is the first woman wildlife biologist in India to work on tigers, and has spent over 25 years working at the grass roots level for tiger conservation. She established the renowned Singinawa Jungle Lodge and through the Singinawa Foundation worked on education, health, art, and alternate energy programs for the tribal villages in the region.
Her life and work has been featured on National Geographic television in a documentary called “The Tiger Princess” and on the Discovery Channel in the program “Wild Things”. She contributed to films like “Sita’s Story” and “A Tale of Two Tigers” on the BBC, as well as the cover story on tigers for the “Year of the Tiger” special in 1998. She has worked with numerous international organisations on many species including the Asian elephant, the Gangetic dolphin, the Arna or wild buffaloes, and high-altitude mammals in the Kanchenjunga area.
Latika is the recipient of scholarships including the Chevening Award from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India, the Overseas Research Student (ORS) UK, and a research fellowship of the Wildlife Institute of India.
Shloka Nath is currently Senior Program Manager, Sustainability, at the Tata Trusts. She helps lead the organization’s climate, energy and environment work, implementing and funding sustainable and scalable solutions that help both people and nature thrive through India. Prior to this, she co-founded and was Managing Partner, Sankhya Women Impact Funds, and is an active angel investor in social enterprises in India. She was Managing Editor for the Harvard Kennedy School Review, is a former Speechwriter at the House of Lords (UK), and has spent over a decade in journalism with the BBC in London, New Delhi Television, and Forbes. She has been a speaker and panellist on various impact investment and social enterprise forums.
Shloka has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BSc in Government from The London School of Economics and Political Science. She is passionate about wildlife and wild places, and is an ardent writer, traveller, trekker, and explorer.