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Butterflies on the Roof of the world: A Memoir
In this book, Peter Smetacek invites us into the fascinating world of butterflies. We accompany him on expeditions deep into the mountains of the Himalaya, high desert landscapes of Ladakh, leopard and bear-infested forests of Kumaon, scenic meadows of Garhwal, and all manner of other habitats, as he attempts to capture rare and interesting species an all-black butterfly ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 2012 by Aleph Book Company
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It's a delightful book on one of the most loved subject of "Butterflies". At the time when this book is set, Butterflies and Moths were a heavily understudied subject in India and that makes lot of facts come to the reader as a discovery. Peter is an authority on the subject of Butterflies and Moths but that's not what makes this book a winner. The book scores because of the narration, that's deft, humorous, engaging, insightful and overall smart. You almost ride with the author in the deep ...more