The corrupt, though democratically elected avian government of the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur is forcibly taken over by a monstrous white crow from Bombay and his crack force of commando 'crownies', by means of treachery, deceit and violence. A steel-taloned dictatorship is imposed on the park and all fundamental rights annulled. But this desperate hour produces unlikely heroes. There is Achaanak the shikra for one, Titiri, editor of Did He Do It?, Phutki the tailorbird and a host of other citizens, even Ghughuji, the great horned owl who is so given to preaching. Meanwhile, the evil leaders of the erstwhile government, notably Chakumar Billa the tomcat and Budhboo the bandicoot, plot their own return to power. What ensues is a bitter battle for supremacy.
The Crow Chronicles
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20 December 2023
Ranjit Lal has had around 50 titles published since his first book The Crow Chronicles (1996). His interest in natural history, mammals, insects, and birds is reflected in many of his stories. His books Faces in the Water and Our Nana Was a Nutcase both won the Crossword Award for Children's Writing. He was awarded the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award 2019, for 'promoting the cause of wildlife especially bird life through exceptional literary skills'. He writes mainly for children and adults who are children. Ranjit Lal lives in Delhi.