The Small Tigers Of Shergarh
Orphaned in a car accident, fourteen-year-old Shikha and five-year-old Sunny reach Shergarh House, on the edge of the Shergarh Tiger Reserve, to live with their uncle Binoy, an eccentric painter. In the company of Aslambhai (a retired forest guard) and his mischievous grandson Ali, the children enter a new world?the sounds and sights of the jung...le. Encouraged by field director Mr Rana's daughter, and watched over by the Rana family, the children begin to enjoy their forays in the reserve. And get inexorably drawn into the lives of the reserve's magnificent tigers, the macho 'doofus' Shahenshah, ferocious Sheba and even terrifying Shaitan. But then, Veena aunty a.k.a. 'Snail Snot' turns up, a 'social worker' who is set to inveigle herself into Binoy chacha's life and wants to discredit the reserve in whatever way she can as part of her 'good work'. Accompanied by her unpleasant cousin-brother the slimeball Randhir, and his equally dubious friends she is determined to send the children to separate boarding schools by whatever means possible. As the two hatch their plans, the children's lives seem ready to fall apart, again. But will the doughty Shikha allow that to happen? Will Sunny, struck dumb by the shock of the car crash, stop clinging to his sister and speak again? Will the two children, who run away into the reserve pursued by Veena, Randhir and his cronies, survive the perils of the forest? Can the small tigers of Shergarh turn the tables on the villains and live up to their name? About The Author: Ranjit Lal was born in Calcutta in 1955, and educated in Mumbai, graduating in economics and sociology. As a freelance writer and columnist, he has over a thousand articles, short stories, features and photo-features published in over fifty newspapers and magazines in India and abroad. He has special interest in areas like natural history, photography, humour, satire and automobiles, on which he writes for both adults and children.