Jim Corbett Heritage
Jim Corbett is considered as a pioneer of tiger conservationism. His name is given to the first National Park in India and even one of the tiger subspecies. He was a brilliant expert of the big cats, fearless hunter of man-eating tigers and leopards, and a talented author. I read Jim Corbett’s “Man-Eaters of Kumaon” during my teenage years and fell in love with this extraordinary man and his fully documental writings. The story of his last hunt was my favourite. Back then in the USSR, I did not even dream that I would ever go to India and visit Kumaon, the backdrop of his adventures, but after my arrival to Australia I had several opportunities to visit India. I was lucky to find several other Corbett fans and make several visits to Kumaon together with them. There were several outcomes of these trips:
Together with my “Corbett Brothers” we made a 90-minute film-documentary about our trip to Jim Corbett’s places to Kumaon, based on our 2012 and 2014 trips. Apart from this film, you can also view on the same site three smaller Corbett-related videos:
(1) Intimate portrait of the Jim Corbett’s legendary rifle Rigby 275, taken in India in April 2016(2) The mango tree in Golabrai, India, where Corbett shot the famous Rudraprayag men-eating leopard in 1926, and(3) Dynamic scene of elephant charging our safari car at the Corbett park in April 2016.
You can read here a Full feature movie script about the last hunt of Jim Corbett that I wrote in May 2011.`Probably I need to mention also that I had written several short stories (mainly science fiction) in my twenties, and in 1982 one of my stories was made into a theatrical production in Irkutsk, Russia. All these stories were written in Russian.
Together with my friends we co-wrote a book about Corbett’s heritage, titled Behind Jim Corbett’s Stories: Analytical Journey through Corbett’s Places and Unanswered Questions. The book came out in Georgia in 2016, published by Logos. Apart from the whole book (see the link above) you can see some of the chapters here: