AANAKKATHA — Facts: Rs. 95.
AVASAANIKKATHA VISMAYANGAL — Facts: Rs. 80. Both by M. Yunus Kunju; Prabhatham Prinitng and Publishing Company, Thiruvananthapuram-695035.
Advocacy of animal rights
POSSESSING ELEPHANTS was a status symbol and now it is a big source of income. The author states that if one has an elephant, an annual net income of Rs.15 lakh is assured. The cruelty meted out to domestic elephants is legion, and of late the media have strongly taken this up, but without much result. During the festive season, chained elephants subjected to brutalities are common. After long suffering, a few of them turn rogue and run amuck causing damage to life and property. The book advocates avoiding such brutalities. It should serve as an eye opener, to owners of elephants, the mahouts and to those who are responsible for prevention of cruelty to animals to end rampant and sadistic behaviour towards elephants. There are 20 highly readable chapters packed with information promoting tolerance, and appealing to the conscience of man.
The second book is about 501 amazing facts, which the author has collected from various sources, and occasionally with cryptic comments. One is about the money spent in Chennai for eliminating mosquito menace. Chennaiites are reportedly spending Rs. 15-20 crore on mosquito repellents and the Chennai Corporation spends another Rs. two crore. Another Rs. 180 crore is reportedly spent on fogging apparatus and insecticides. (The source of information is not indicated.) This will apply proportionately to cities and towns. The source of facts would have added to their authenticity.
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