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My Husband and Other Animals – Book Review

Title: My Husband and Other Animals
Author: Janaki Lenin
Total No. of Pages: 296
Format: eBook
Genre: Non-Fiction

The title was intriguing enough for me to pick up this book. I haven’t heard of Janaki Lenin or Romulus Whitaker or Lee Durrell before this book. How often do we come across a Non-fiction book especially about Crawlers, Animals and birds to be interesting? We haven’t, atleast I haven’t. After reading this book things changed for me and Janaki, not only made me sit through 296 pages with a treasure trove of information and knowledge but this is also one of the longest read for me. I literally took 5 months to finish this book with so many breaks inbetween to digest all those pieces of information.

If we can collectively recall our evolutionary history, acknowledge our dependence on the ecosystem functions sustained by biodiversity and behave as if we believe in it, then Earth . . . and we . . . will survive

This book not only talks about the animals, birds and crawlers but also the life of this couple on their own farm or should I call a forest? I was made to enter into the wildlife with ease because of the kind of writing style Janaki imbibed in her book which let me peek into their journey to various countries and villages in India and outside.

Half-way through the book, I got to know that this was a collection of articles Janaki published in Hindu and when I completed this book she released her second book which I’m definitely going to buy. What made me immerse into this book was the humour Janaki added to each of the episodes.

what compels us humans to gobble and destroy our way through Earth’s resources until there is no tomorrow?’ The answer is that we have forgotten how we became human beings, how we evolved with and depended upon other species.

I am lost in words of How much I love this book that I will keep going back and read it whenever I feel like. I recommend this book to everyone even if you don’t like non-fiction nor to read about animals. I’m sure you’ll love it and crave for more. Thank me later 😛

Happy reading and do share your thoughts if you have already read this book. Cheers 🙂


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August 17, 2018 at 4:27 pm

This had been one of my favorite columns in the Hindu. Never knew there was a book on the same. I have to check this out, thanks to your review.

September 18, 2019 at 1:29 am

the book title is indeed interesting and i look forward to reading it. I love the theme of your blog.

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