My 3 new Books: I have just produced 3 new books.
1. Flowers of Sahyadri- Revised edition in a new format of the book published in 2001/2003. Extra 100 allied species have been added in earlier 500 species.
2. Aasmant- Enlarged new edition of book published in 2003. Contains 20 new articles besides earlier 20 articles.

Above 2 books are being released in a function at Sahyog Hall, Ghantali, Thane at 7 pm on 18 th August. Ushaprabha Page, the veteran mountaineer and Nilimkumar Khaire, the famous herpetologist will be the gursts of honour for this function. You can also view some of my pictures in an exhibition organised at the same venue on 18th and 19 th August. A special discount will be offered on books on these 2 days at the venue.

You are sincerely invited to attend the function and the exhibition.

My third book, ‘Flowers of Kas’ is also ready. It will be launched at Kas Plateau in the next few days. Details of this event will follow soon. Thanking you and with regards,

I visited the function and heard Shrikant ji speak of his experiences. It is just a matter of my luck that I have heard more of them whenever I got opportunities to be along with him exploring flora in south Western Ghats.

Other chief guests Mrs Ushaprabha Page (Navendu’s mother) and Mr Nilimkumar Khaire (famous herpetologist, Shrikant ji’s childhood friend) spoke about Shrikant ji – it was a wonderful evening.

His 2 new books (Flowers of Sahyadri AND Aasmant) were on sale at discounted prices.
Flowers of Sahyadri in its new avatar has 100 more species packed into it; earlier errors are nullified, replaced with better pictures, and is now compact and light-weight. Mainly because it is now on same lines of Further Flowers of Sahyadri.

To me, it is a priceless book ! It is the one which strengthened my liking for flora.

Two days before, I received the Flowers of Sahyadri by Mr. Shrikant Ingalhalikar. I was stunned to see the quality of Book. From the first look it looks so beautiful in outlook that my curiosity to go through the book became more. I was also having its previous version and improvement in the present version is excellent. Addition of 100 more plants have made this book more informative. The more than excellent picture and paper quality of this book make more attractive. The best thing I could make out from this book is the addition of latest nomenclature as per latest APG system of classification. Addition of varieties and subspecies is another peculiar feature in present edition. The navigation for identification (Habit>Colour>Size) is unique and it is pretty thing in the book. Although the name of the book is Flowers of Sahyadri but 600 species in this book do not belong only to Sahyadri. More than 80% species are found in areas away from Sahyadri. So this book can be a useful resource for readers from all corners of India.

I was also very happy to see the key for 35 main families in book which are in tabular form. Pictorial information about leaf types and inflorescence make this book more users friendly and Glossary in the beginning of the book is another feather in the cap of this book. Brief introduction about the classification of plant kingdom is very informative and can be easily understood by layman. Information about the study area and maps in the book are also nicely presented. I also must add here that to make these type of field guides, picture of leaves should also be accommodated if not full size, than in Inset insertion within the images of flowers. Moreover by giving two plants per page we may add more pics and information. This however will make this Field Guide bulky but more useful. Otherwise two different edition may be printed one small field guide type and another full floristic analysis issue.

Overall I may say that Mr. Shrikant Ingalhalikar has done a superb job. I hope rather certain that this book will be a nice collection for the nature lovers and informative guide for the keen flower hunters.

Many Many Congratulations Shrikant ji for this nice Job

Shrikant ji`s new book on Flowers of Kaas is equally more beautiful and very handy that can fit in one`s pocket as well. I would recommend that book also.

Well said …. Many thanks for the features of the Flowers of Sahyadri you elaborated – especially the keys to most common families will help naturalists in an easy scientific approach. I am sure this concept of keys at family level is innovative – lots of efforts have gone in to create these keys. The pages 9 – 23 are ready reckoner for just about anyone interested in flora.
Thank you very much Shrikant ji for sharing your knowledge in this wonderful easy-to-understand manner.


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