The boy who photographed birds from age six

When Rohan Arora acquired his first digital camera, a point-and-shoot Canon, a gift from his mother and father on his sixth birthday, he started taking photos of birds within the colony park. “We never went to malls or very urban areas; my parents always took me to gardens and parks,” says Rohan, who provides that his father, Amit Arora, inspired the pastime by going in every single place with him, whether or not it was the colony park or sanctuaries round India.

He started figuring out birds by books, his favorite being Birds of the Indian Subcontinent (from the sequence Helm Field Guides) by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, and Tim Inskipp. By 13, he says he had a financial institution of about 500 birds, and he started to place them on social media and write articles for specialist magazines like Sanctuary Asia, and some English language newspapers.

On the suggestion of his father, and inspired by his academics at Delhi Public School (DPS), Greater Noida, he determined to place collectively a e-book, choosing 230 of probably the most generally seen birds in India, out of a present inventory of 650. My First Flight With Widespread Birds of India has a foreward by Asad R Rahmani, the previous director of the Bombay Natural History Society. It comprises over 1,200 images, with introductory notes of sorts of beaks, ft, and feathers. There can be a glossary of ornithological phrases.

The greater flamingo, one of the photographs in the book

The better flamingo, one of many images within the e-book
| Photo Credit:
Rohan Arora

With a hen to a web page, Rohan provides a quick description of every one’s bodily options and sounds, and extra particulars of dimension, the place to sight it, and the Hindi identify. There are additionally little nuggets of knowledge that seem in bins: a peacock household known as a bevy whereas a bunch known as a celebration, for example; or that proven fact that the pink tinge of the better flamingo comes from its weight loss plan of crustaceans and algae.

The e-book is an effective introduction to get younger youngsters desirous about birds and Nature, however the editors and publishers might have completed higher with language and structure.

In the long run, Rohan says he’d like to review zoology, pursue analysis on birds, and assist with conservation. “I would like to spread the knowledge of Nature to everyone,” says Rohan.

My First Flight With Widespread Birds of India (Rumour Books India), ₹499, order on

You have reached your restrict totally free articles this month.

To get full entry, please subscribe.

Already have an account ? Sign in

Show Less Plan

Subscription Benefits Include

Today’s Paper

Find mobile-friendly model of articles from the day’s newspaper in a single easy-to-read listing.

Faster pages

Move easily between articles as our pages load immediately.

Unlimited Access

Enjoy studying as many articles as you would like with none limitations.


A one-stop-shop for seeing the newest updates, and managing your preferences.

Personalised suggestions

A choose listing of articles that match your pursuits and tastes.


We temporary you on the newest and most essential developments, 3 times a day.

*Our Digital Subscription plans don’t presently embody the e-paper ,crossword, iPhone, iPad cell purposes and print. Our plans improve your studying expertise.

Leave a Reply