Tiger Tiger Burning Bright, Not One in My Sight

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Tiger Tiger Burning Bright, Not One in My Sight

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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here is only one king of Corbett National Park – the tiger. Visitors come from lands near and far, hoping to catch a fleeting glimpse of William Blake’s muse as he burns bright in the forests of the night. While tracking tigers from a gypsy is undoubtedly a pulsating affair, being confined inside a vehicle ensures a sanitised, inauthentic jungle experience. The great Jim Corbett once said that the fear of death added zest to the life of all jungle inhabitants, and the best way to imbibe that zest is to experience the forest on foot.

So with a trembling heart, unarmed, undeterred, and accompanied only by my guide, I began my first walk into the haven of roar, trumpet, and song.

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