Birds, Beasts & Bandits
It is amazing how two very different personalities – one an outlaw who lives culling elephants for tusks, felling sandalwood for cash, and the other an environmentalist duo, concerned about nature and wildlife, almost two different ends of the spectrum, can gradually start admiring each other’s talent and actually end up respecting each other’s traits. This in essence, is what the whole book is about.
The authors subtly expose the stupidity of some of those who hound them after their release, people who seek to verify the brigands “Black Magic” skills, his supernatural abilities etc.
Similarly, their attempts to soften and sober down the fiery tone of the outlaw, and succeeding in recording a pleading speech to the Government, which is eventually mistaken for submissiveness and weakening of stance is a turn of events that would put a Hollywood thriller to shame, while also blowing the lid on the attitude of the people in power in assuming things and drawing conclusions based on wild imaginations.