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Jim Corbett was a Railway employee
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Jim Corbett was a Railway employee
The famous hunter of man eating tigers and the auther of many thrilling hunt stories like 'Man eaters of Kumaon', Jim Corbett, was a Railway employee. He was always with the poor Indians and is always respecting the good qalities like, honesty, sincerity, devotion to woks etc. of ordinary Indian citizen. Glimpse of his Railway life and the village life of poor Indians can be read in his book 'My India'.
01-28-2011 04:05 PM
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James Edward Corbett, known as Jim Corbett.

Man Eaters of Kumaon

Jim Corbett was a remarkable man, who was independent of mind, carrying out acts that were alien to his generation even by today’s standards. The fact that he was British, having been born and brought up in a foreign land, says much of how he was held in high esteem, that the Government of India decided some 10 years after the British left, and two years after his death, to name its original national park in his name.

Edward James "Jim" Corbett was born of Irish ancestry in the town of Naini Tal in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayas. Jim was the eighth child of Christopher and Mary Jane Corbett. His parents had moved to Naini Tal in 1862, after Christopher Corbett had been appointed postmaster of the town. Jim studied at Oak Openings School (later renamed Philander Smith College), St Joseph's College and the Diocese Boys School (later renamed Sherwood College) in Naini Tal, but left the latter at age seventeen before completing high school. Soon thereafter, he joined the Bengal and North Western Railway, initially working as a fuel inspector at Manakpur in the Punjab, and subsequently as a contractor for the transshipment of goods across the Ganges at Mokama Ghat in Bihar.

Corbett was a pioneer conservationist and lectured at local schools and societies to stimulate awareness of the natural beauty surrounding local people and the need to conserve forests and their wildlife. He helped create the Association for the Preservation of Game in the United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh), and the All-India Conference for the Preservation of Wild Life. India's first national park, the Hailey National Park, named after Lord Malcolm Hailey, a former Governor of United Provinces, inaugurated in 1934 in the Kumaon Hills was later renamed in his honor in 1957. He also had a deep affection for the people of the Kumaon Hills, and was loved by many of the region. He is considered by some in the Kumaon region as a sadhu Uttar Pardesh Conservationist.

Early Life: Jim Corbett was the eighth child of his mother, born on 25th July 1875, the son of a postmaster. Jim from an early age explored and got to know the jungles around him, learning the jungle signs, and the calls that would prove to be so useful when he was later to hunt the many man eaters that terrorised the villagers for years. : Jim Corbett was the eighth child of his mother, born on 25th July 1875, the son of a postmaster. Jim from an early age explored and got to know the jungles around him, learning the jungle signs, and the calls that would prove to be so useful when he was later to hunt the many man eaters that terrorised the villagers for years. The British Government of India, in recognition of Jim Corbett’s man eater hunting prowess and his keen interest in conservation granted him the “freedom of the forests” allowing him to go where ever he pleased. Jim Corbett wrote several books specifically about how he hunted the man-eaters. Man eaters of Kumaon, (my favourite), and The Man Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag (an incredible story of how he used all his skills to try and outwit this highly intelligent animal, half the time stalking, and the other half being stalked by this leopard).

Jim Corbett the Champion of India’s Poor Jim Corbett was not brought up in a wealthy family, indeed the opposite could be said to be true, yet he on one occasion lent his savings 500R to a man who had lost his business to his partner who stole it when he was on holiday. A year later the man returned with the full amount + 25% interest. Jim accepted his 500R savings refusing the interest saying, “In our country we do not take interest from our friends”. At Naini Tal, Jim Corbett bought land and settled 40 poor village families, for free, and even paid their annual land tax for them. Today the villagers of Naini Tal have created a museum in Jim Corbett’s old house, carefully preserving the building with illustrations of his life and maintaining the gardens. At 10R per person it is well worth a visit. If you do visit why not donate more to help preserve this special place?

Jim Corbett served in both World Wars, raising a battalion of local people, which he took to the battlefronts in Europe in the 1st World War and trained soldiers in jungle warfare in the 2nd World War. When India gained independence Jim Corbett settled in Kenya where he had many friends. In 1953 he escorted the young Princess Elizabeth to TreeTops under Mount Kenya, helping to protect her that night by guarding the ladder access all night long. Next morning the Princess awoke to be Queen Elizabeth II on the death of her father.

Man-eating tigers Corbett was a hunter and fishing enthusiast in early life but took to big game photography later. As his admiration for tigers and leopards grew, he resolved never to shoot them unless they turned man-eater or posed a threat to cattle. Between 1907 and 1938, Corbett tracked and killed at least a dozen man-eaters. It is estimated that the combined total of men, women and children these twelve animals had killed was in excess of 1,500. His very first success, the Champawat Tiger in Champawat, alone was responsible for 436 documented deaths. He also shot the Panar Leopard, which allegedly killed 400 after being injured by a poacher and thus being rendered unable to hunt its normal prey. Other notable man-eaters he killed were the Talla-Des man-eater, the Mohan man-eater, the Thak man-eater and the Chowgarh tigress. However, one of the most famous was the man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, which terrorised the pilgrims to the holy Hindu shrines Kedarnath and Badrinath for more than ten years. A TV movie starring Jason Flemyng was made in 2005. Jim Corbett was tall (6'1"), brave and endowed with very keen senses. He would often stalk to within twenty feet of the man-eaters, and at great risk to himself, in order to save at least one human life. He preferred to hunt alone and on foot when pursuing dangerous game. Kedarnath Badrinath

Jim Corbett was a fantastic storyteller, in his own right. I would highly recommend reading his books, they are very well written in a simple, easy to read style. The hunt for the man-eater is not gory; it is a simple explanation of what happened and the skills he used to track the man-eaters down. Jim went after his first man eaterin 1907. Now some one hunder years ago, it is hard to image as his stories still seem so vivid today. He only got in to writting his first tiger story (not a man eater), the Pipal Pani Tiger in 1931.

Kenya: After 1947, Corbett and his sister Maggie retired to Nyeri, Kenya, where he continued to write and sound the alarm about declining numbers of jungle cats and other wildlife. Jim Corbett was at the Treetops Hotel, a hut built on the branches of a giant ficus tree, when Princess Elizabeth stayed there on February 5-6, 1952, at the time of the death of her father, King George VI. Corbett wrote in the hotel's visitors' register: For the first time in the history of the world, a young girl climbed into a tree one day a Princess, and after having what she described as her most thrilling experience, she climbed down from the tree the next day a Queen— God bless her. Jim Corbett died of a heart attack a few days after he finished writing his sixth book Tree Tops, and was buried at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Nyeri. The national park he fought to establish in India was renamed in his honour two years later and is now nearly twice its original size. It is a favoured place for visitors hoping to see a tiger. Princess Elizabeth

Legacy : Jim Corbett's accounts of the hunting and killing of man-eaters, which had killed almost 1,500 Indians, are related in his books: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (1944), The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag (1948), and the Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon (1954). Man-eaters of Kumaon was a success in India and was chosen by book clubs in the United Kingdom and the United States; the first printing of the American Book-of-the-Month Club being 250,000. The book was later translated into 27 languages. His Jungle Lore is considered his autobiography. He also wrote My India, about Indian rural life. In 1968, one of the five remaining subspecies of tigers was named after him; panthera tigris corbetti, more commonly called Corbett's tiger. In 1994, Corbett's long-neglected grave was repaired and restored by the founder and director of Jim Corbett Foundation which has members worldwide.

Jim Corbetts books are:- Man-Eaters of Kumaon (first published 1944), recived considerable critical acclaim in both Britain and America. Within 4 years it was translated in to nine languages and six Indian dialects. The Man Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag (first published 1948). - This book is about a leopard who lived partly on animal and partly on human prey. The leopard accounted for the lives of 125 people between 1918 and 1925 and terrorised some 50,000 villagers living in a five hunderd square mile area. This leopard estblished an incredible reputation even being mentioned in the British Parliament . A fascinating story of Jim hunting and being hunted by this remarkable animal. The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon. Jungle Lore - This book talks about Jim's early experiences in the jungle to taking the reader through what he learnt over many years. Jim himself says in chapter 7 of the book; "Having stated that the book of Nature has no beginning and no end, I would be the last to claim that I have learned all that is to be learnt of any of the subjects dealt with in Jungle Lore, or that the book contains any expert knowledge. But having spent so much of my life with nature, and having made a hobby of jungle lore, I have observed a little knowledge, and that knoweldge I am imparting without reservations. I do not flatter myself that all who read these pages will agree with my deductions and statements, but that need be no cause for quarrel, for no two or more people look at any object with the same eyes." My India - Using Jim's own words it is about "... sketches of village life and work ... which I have known from my ealiest days, where I have worked; and the simple folk whose ways and characters I have tried to depict for you are those among whom I spent the greater part of seventy years." Tree Tops - Jim's last story written shortly before his death in Kenya. It is about Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth's visit in 1952 to Tree Tops In Kenya and the part played by Jim Corbett.

Mount Kenya

Jim Corbett died on 19th April 1955 and is buried at the base of Mount Kenya.

The famous Book "Man-Eaters of Kumaon" by Jim Corbett can be downloaded from this Link (14MB)

(Just "Right Click" on the above Link, and choose the option "Save Target (or Link) As.." from the dropdown option menu. Happy reading!)

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Thank you sir, for giving a lot more. I hope forum members are interested in reading his books
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