Thursday, November 07, 2013

Tippi -- My Book of Africa

This is such a beautiful book and a beautiful girl. If I ever have a daughter, this is one way I am going to bring her up. I am so sick and tired of hearing from everyone around the world -- be it Asian, African, European, American, Australian -- that they will not like to have daughters. Daughters get spoiled easily, do not show interest in anything other than make-up, throw tantrums, scared of everything, are not into adventure, sports, games, talk too much, giggle too much, shriek out loudly too much; boys are fun and girls are boring; in one words, daughters, as soon as they are born, develop all the bad qualities (nope! one cannot blame parents for bringing up daughters in that way; it's all her fault; she is just born that way -- devil incarnate) whereas boys do not. Huh! this article shows that everything depends upon parenting -- how a girl or a boy going to behave absolutely depends upon her/his parents. Of course, I am pretty sure that there will be many out there, who after reading all these, will comment that this girl was an exception; most girls will be not like this!

This little girl just exhibit all the opposite characteristics -- she is enjoying nature, animals, running, playing with the locals, mimicking hunting and having just the best time of her life and all the fun.

The details are here.

Heart-warming pictures of the real life Mowgli, a girl who spent the first ten years of her life growing up in the African bush, have been released for the first time. The magical images chronicle the life of Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre, who was brought up with wild animals, just like Rudyard Kipling's hero did in The Jungle Book. The images in 'Tippi: My Book of Africa' - now being published worldwide for the first time - show the young girl making friends with an elephant, who she calls her brother, and a leopard, her best friend. Living with her French parents, wildlife photographers Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre, the three of them travelled extensively through Africa on a unique and incredible trip. The adventure started where Tippi was born in Namibia, and ended in her travelling through countries like Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. 'Her everyday life was making sure monkeys did not steal her bottle,' said Sylvie. 'Or she would call me over and point to an elephant eating from a palm tree and say 'mummy, be quiet, we're going to frighten him.' 'She had so much freedom. It was like having the biggest playground. We lived in a tent, completely in the wild, but she always woke up with the sun shining and her parents around her. She was very lucky.' And the incredible photos - from sitting on the back of an ostrich, lying peacefully with a young caracal, or dancing playfully with an elephant - show an unusual bond and tranquility between man and beast. 'She was so at ease with animals. She would talk to them with her eyes and her heart,' said Sylvie. Using her innocence and imagination, the young 'Mowgli' befriended one of the giants of the animal kingdom, Abu the African elephant. 'She had no fear,' said Sylvie..........................

The story continues in the above link.

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