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Into the Wild

Into the Wild by Kiran Purandare

Writer: Kiran Purandare

Kiran Purandare

1) A well-known wildlife activist from Maharashtra.

2) Known for his books like ‘Sakha Nagzira’.

3) Awards-

‘Sahitya Puraskar’

Pune’s Bhai Madhav Bagal Award

Best Literature Award given by Cultural Department of Maharashtra  State for his ‘Sakha Nagzira’.

4) He spent 400 days inside Nagzira and nearby forest areas and wrote the award-winning book ‘Sakha Nagzira’.

5) He is a wild-life expert, a bird watcher, a writer and honorary wild life warden in Maharashtra.

6) He is also the founder of ‘Nisarg Wedh Organisation’, which works for nature conservation and community work around Nagzira, Navegaon, a Tiger Reserve in Bhandara and Gondia districts.

7) He also founded Kika’s Bird Club to spread bird farming. The project based on active participation of the local tribes to protect the wildlife.

Shaaz Jung

Shaaz Jung

1) Well-known Wildlife Photographer Cinematographer.

2) Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Leopards tracker

3) Man-Animal Conflict Resolution Seeker

4) Spent Much Time in Forests of Kabini, Karnataka

5) Spent Much Time in the Buffer Zone Between Nagarjole & Bandipur, Karnataka

6) Runs a Resort with his father

The topic: Into the wild:

There are two parts in this topic- ‘Lost in the Jungle’ and ‘Tracking the Panther of Nagarhole’

(Part I)

It is an amazing experience of the writer Kiran Purandare. He is the solitary traveller. He is completely lost in the jungles of Umbarzara.  He narrates how he lost his way at the fall of the dusk and the terrifying turmoil he underwent thereafter. He also gives a detailed description of how he found his way towards the Pitezari.

(Part II)

The second part is taken from ‘CN Traveller Magazine’. It is about Shaaz Jung. He is known for his wild-life photography. It tells us about his entry into this world of wild-life photography. It also depicts the insight that he received during this journey regarding the loss of the habitat of wild animals. It shows his genuine efforts  that  he took by establishing BCRTI, for the conservation of forests by educating the local rural folks and providing them with a sound reliable source of income.

Ice Breakers:

1) Narrate in your class any of the incidents of your life when you were extremely terrified or awestruck.


Once I was walking on the road and a running car came towards me. It was a break down car and it wasn’t controlled by the driver. I realised the danger. I started running leaving the road and within a margin of seconds I was able to miss the car. Though I saved myself from hitting, I was extremely terrified at that moment and shivered for a long time.

2) Complete the given table regarding the factors/situations/reasons – why you sometimes get scared and the factors that add to it. Give possible solutions.


Sr. noReasonsFactors which add to itSolutions
1.While discussing about strange creaturesAt midnight/In the absence of parentsAvoid such discussions/ stories as they are baseless
2.Discussing about Corona threatNo treatment, news of spreading it, death rate, news of it.Avoid seeing too much of news of it. Take necessary precautions.
3.Fear of thieves & criminalsAlone in the home at night.Take safety measures. Be cool. Keep in contact with friends and relatives

3) Given below are various activities which you can pursue as your hobby, passion, or profession. Complete the table accordingly.


Sr. no.ActivitiesHobbyPassionProfessionReason /Challenge/ Both
1.Painting(R) I can express myself well through the strokes of brush
2.Travelling(R) In tourism, there is great demand for professional tourist guides.
3.  Wild life photography (C) In the age of computers limited professional scope
  4.  Conserving environment (C) It’s a challenge to save the earth. I can get job in soil and conservation department.
  5.  Bird- Watching (R) Good and interesting work but has little scope to get the job.

4) Match the following ‘Wild-Life Sanctuaries’ with their locations.

Wild Life SanctuaryLocation
1. Bandipur
(a) Uttarakhand
2. Kaziranga
(b) Madhya Pradesh
3. Jim Corbet
(c) Karnataka
4. Ranthambore
(d) Assam
5. Kanha
(e) Rajasthan


Wild Life SanctuaryLocation
1. Bandipur National Park(c) Karnataka
2. Kaziranga National Park(d) Assam
3. Jim Corbet National Park(a) Uttarakhand
4. Ranthambore National Park(e) Rajasthan
5. Kanha National Park(b) Madhya Pradesh

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Activity No. 1

Q. Read the extract and complete the activities given below.  (12)

                 The eight-and-a-half-hour-long day inside the hide was as fruitful as the Jambha tree standing tall on the edge of Umbarzara. Before wrapping up my day at this natural waterhole, I took entries of the avifauna in my field notes. Since I was alone, I rushed to Pitezari village where I was stationed. I camouflaged the hide, took my essentials, came out of the hide and stretched out to my heart’s content. I lifted my camera bag and took the familiar trail to Pitezari. Negotiating the webbed leaves of Teakwood and Moha trees, trying to make minimal sound, I was treading cautiously among the woods. Walking alone in a jungle needs more alertness than walking with a companion. I was alone here like a fox. Following the trail silently, watching with wide-open eyes, my ears were grasping a variety of sounds just when a familiar sound stunned me… ‘Khyak! Khyak! KhyakoSS Khyak!’             

It was a Langur alarm call. The leader of the gang of Langurs was sitting on the tall tree making alarm calls out of fear for life. Rest of the Langur brigade continued raising the alarm calls. The network of alarm calls was expanding its range as the petrified Langurs speeded to the trees near and far and secured their places on treetops. All this upheaval was created by only one animal’s presence- a Leopard. Many animals make alarm calls when they see a predator- Tiger or Leopard nearby. The Langur is most reliable when it comes to finding clues about the presence of the apex predators in the jungle. The mighty elusive Leopard of Umbarzara was out of its lair. He was on the prowl. The stealthily moving figure in spotted gold-black cloak was spied by these Langurs. Even the small ones from the legion of Langurs were giving alarm calls. ‘Chyak! Chyak!’

A1. Match (2)

Match the information given under ‘A’ with ‘B’.

1) Teakwood and Mohaa) the presence of a Leopard
2) The familiar sound stunned the writer wasb) have webbed leaves
3) The leader of the gang of Langursc) Langur alarm call
4) Langurs feared due tod) sat on the tall tree to make alarm calls

A2. Complete     (2)

Complete the following information.

1) Many animals make alarm calls when they see ————-.

2) The writer stations at ———————village.

3) Walking alone in a jungle needs ————- than walking with a companion.

4) The writer compared himself ————–to show his loneliness.

A3. Give information (2)

Give the process of Langurs making aware other Langurs about the presence of the predator.

A4. Personal Response  (2)

Describe any forest you visited in 50 words.

A5. Language Study (Do as directed)  (2)

1) I lifted my camera bag and took the familiar trail to Pitezari.

(Choose the alternative showing the correct transformation of this sentence into simple sentence)

i) I lifted my camera bag, I took the familiar trail to Pitezari.

ii) Lifting my camera bag, I took the familiar trail to Pitezari.

iii) Taking the familiar trail to Pitezari, I lifted my camera bag.

iv) Lifting my camera bag, I was taking the familiar trail to Pitezari.

2) Walking alone in a jungle needs more alertness than walking with a companion.

(Choose the alternative showing the correct change in the degree for this sentence)

i) Walking with a companion does not need so much alertness as walking alone in a jungle.

ii) Walking with a companion needs so much alertness as walking alone in a jungle.

iii) Walking with a companion did not need so much alertness as walking alone in a jungle.

iv) Walking with a companion need not so much alertness as walking alone in a jungle.

A6. Vocabulary  (2)

Rearrange the scrambled letters to make meaningful words related to forest animals.

1) drapoel

2) xfo

3) rugnal

4) ergit

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