Madhaviah Krishnan’s “Thuggery in the Treetops”

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Subject: Madhaviah Krishnan’s “Thuggery in the Treetops”
From: Bob Gosford <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 22:51:17 +0930

Through the agency of the yahoo group "*bngbirds*" I learnt of the work
of Madhaviah Krishnan, who wrote a nature column in "The Statesman" for 46

This is an excerpt from my recent post at *The Northern Myth* on his work,
including a short piece on the Shikra, a small accipiter.

"From time to time you stumble across stories that deserve a wider
audience, not that this little blog would carry much weight in the
sub-continent from where this story comes.

Earlier today a post on the *Bangalore Birds* internet group sparked my
interest in the life and work of Madhaviah Krishnan, an Indian journalist
who for a remarkable 46 years wrote a column for *The Statesman of
*called ‘*Country

I’ve had a look at a few of his columns and they compare more than
favourably to that other long-lived exemplar of nature writing, *The
Guardian’*s *Country
*, which has run – albeit with many different writers – for at least 100

But singlehandedly penning a column for 46 years wasn’t the only string in
M. Krishnan’s bow.


Here is one of his pieces on the Shikra, a small raptor that was
republished in*The Statesman* last December. It was first published on 8
February 1953 in*The Sunday Statesman*. For mine it is as fine a pice of
nature writing as you’ll find."

You can read the rest of the piece here:
Bob Gosford
The Northern Myth blog

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