Symphony of the Savannah: Exploring Wild Africa — a coffee table book written and published by senior journalist and Chief Reporter of The Assam Tribune Sivasish Thakur — was released in the presence of a host of dignitaries at an event held at Bhasatattwabid Dr Banikanta Kakati auditorium, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra on Sunday.
The book is based on the experience of a lengthy African safari of the writer who during the course of an African safari covering several game reserves including Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island gave a firsthand account of his journey.
The famed African wilderness aside, the writer also focused on presenting the insight that he had acquired through interaction with the local tribes, particularly the Maasais who are known the world over for their harmonious existence with nature and, of course, their bravery and unique lifestyle that has endured the challenges of modernity to a large extent.
Notably, the writer has been an environmental journalist for the past 23 years with The Assam Tribune, covering extensively many wildlife and environmental issues of Assam and the North-east.
Dr. Purnima Devi Barman, while describing the book as a riveting account of an African safari, said that the volume captured truthfully the best of Wild Africa, bringing out vividly its abundance and diversity of wildlife together with the peoples and their lifestyles.
Executive Editor of The Assam Tribune PJ Baruah stated that the book was a significant addition to wildlife and travel literature and also reflected the personality of the writer.