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Walking is a Way of Knowing


FORMAT: Hardcover PRICE: £12.99 PAGES: 56 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 14/10/2017 ISBN: 9789383145607

Walking is a Way of Knowing

Madhuri Ramesh and Manish Chandi, illus by Matthew Frame

Tara Books

The Kadars are a small indigenous community in south India. Even though they no longer live deep in the forest, they still walk its paths every day. For them, walking is a way of knowing, not just a way of getting from place to place.

This is the story of a Kadar elder who takes a young urban visitor through the tangled woods that make up his ancient home. The book captures an urban nature lover’s experience of learning from a forest-dweller — and is beautifully illustrated to bring alive the dark richness of an lndian tropical forest.

Selling points

  • A visual book that provides an unusual context to discuss issues of ecology and sustainability
  • Appealing and unusual narrative that combines storytelling, descriptions of everyday life and local wisdom on the environment
  • The book is a walk through the southern Indian forest of the Kadars, one of India’s long surviving foraging and small game-hunting community
  • Makes a case for knowing the forest not only through what you see, but also through what you feel, touch, smell and hear —and that walking is not just a mode of travel
  • Compelling art and careful design evokes the colours, foliage and the creatures of the tropical forests
  • Ideal text for high school and multicultural classrooms — to set off discussions on our relationship with the natural world


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