The Jim Corbett Omnibus is a collection of three tales penned down by the hunter himself, namely, Man-Eaters of Kumaon, The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag and The Temple Tiger. In these tales, Jim Corbett narrates true-life incidents, encompassing some of the most gritty exploits that were responsible for his immense fame. These stories are narrated from the first person point of view and are intricately detailed, to get the reader acquainted with what the hunter went through while trying to track down the man-eating felines.
The book aims to educate the reader about the natural habitat of Tigers and Leopards, and also explains the reasons why these animals have to turn to human inhabitation for food. You can also read about the infamous Champawat man-eater, which killed more than 400 humans, and was the first tiger ever shot by Corbett. Several other stories including the tracker's faithful dog, Robin, along with his love for fishing are narrated beautifully by him. The writer also dwells on the lovely flora and fauna that embellishes the gorgeous hills of Kumaon.
Jim Corbett initially compiled his experiences in a book called Jungle Stories in 1935. But in 1943, on the request of his near and dear ones, he decided to revise the stories and published it as Man Eaters of Kumaon. The tales narrated by Corbett serve as a reminder of how poaching has drastic effects on human life, as the big cats have nowhere else to go. Later in his life, he acknowledged the need to conserve these magnificent creatures and thereby played an important role in the establishment of India's first national park. This park, set in the lush hills of Kumaon, where Jim Corbett had many of his adventures, was later named after him in 1957. Some of the other books the hunter-turned-conservationist wrote are Jungle Lore and My India.
The Jim Corbett Omnibus has been published in English by Oxford University Press. This paperback edition has an ISBN 10 number of 0195627628, and an ISBN 13 number of 9780195627626. You can order it online today to get a first-hand account of the great hunter's spine-chilling adventures.