Book launch of ‘Butterflies on the Roof of the World’
December 19, 2012
6:30 PM to
WWF India Auditorium
Come to the book launch of ‘Butterflies on the Roof of the World’ by Peter Smetacek on December 19th at the WWF-India auditorium!
In his heart-warming memoir, Peter Smetacek, who inherited his father’s (and grandfather’s) passion for butterflies, writes about a life devoted to the study of butterflies and moths, and the rather eccentric people and animals the family homestead attracted.
About the book:
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 that hasn’t been spotted for over a century, drunken moths that behave no differently from their human counterparts when they are tipsy, high-elevation butterflies that sail over mountain peaks,and caterpillars that are worth more than their weight in gold. Along the way, in prose that is lucid, witty and always entertaining, he illuminates for the reader the mysterious world of the elusive insects he has spent a life time with, and explain why the well-being of butterflies is of vital importance to us all.
Butterflies on the Roof of the World opens up for the lay reader the magical world of butterflies found in the Indian subcontinent,especially in the Himalayas.
Peter Smetacek is one of India’s foremost lepidopterists (someone who specializes in the collection and study of butterflies and moths). A heartwarming memoir that brings together autobiography and natural history.The book is also a riveting travelogue that contains many remarkable episodes where the author travels to untouched landscapes in search of rare butterflies and moths.This book features many interesting anecdotes from the authors family history, which include the authors fathers escape from Nazi Germany to his family settling down in India.
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