Faces of India – 158

A face with name and story! He is Niranjan Raptan of Sunderbans. He survived 3 tiger attacks successfully and now works for “save the tiger” and “save Sunderbans” campaign. He was originally honey collector in these islands in his childhood but 42 years back he took up the job of forest guide. 

During one of the trip to interiors of the islands for collecting honey, his uncle and he was attacked by a ferocious tiger of Sunderbans. They both fought the tiger off bravely. Niranjan managed to bring his seriously injured uncle back home. His uncle later succumbed to the injuries, probably due to lack of good hospital facilities then. If you google his name, all stories related to him can be read.

So? Have you met anybody who has survived a tiger’s attack?

Faces of India, a series through which I intend to portray the various
characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here


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26 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    oh, my! and what a story he has! a nice face.

  2. Sylvia K says:

    What a brave and amazing man!! This world could use many more like him!! A great choice for the day, Indrani! Thank you — I shall Google him and read more!!

  3. To survive a Sunderbans tiger attack is miraculous.Must be a brave and lucky man.

  4. Hilary says:

    Wow.. what a claim to fame!

  5. Wow!!! Great story and a brave man

    thanks for sharing

  6. Nice portrait. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice weekend.

  7. A brave man, and also a lucky man!

  8. Haddock says:

    Had read about him earlier. Truly a courageous man.

  9. OH! How amazing that he has survived three attacks by tigers!

  10. Jeevan says:

    Great portrait on the man of brave!

  11. Double wow, what an amazing thing to happened to them. You have a beautiful picture.

  12. George says:

    He's as handsome as he is brave.

  13. D. Prabhu says:

    Survived from 3 tiger attacks ! Surprising. Nice to read that he is working for such noble missions. 🙂 A very calm and happy face. Nice capture 🙂

  14. Hats off to this man, working for saving tigers being a 3 times survivor of tiger attack. 😀 Great!

  15. Ok… Wow.. Now that's a survival streak..!!!
    Quite interesting people you meet.. 🙂

  16. I remember reading about him in newspaper with a somewhat blur picture of his. Nice to see him here..good one Indrani.. 🙂

  17. Your this series showcases not only your talent with the lens but also your vast traveling experience. You should think of an exhibition.

  18. Arti says:

    Wow! Great capture. That is some feat! Kudos to his bravery!

  19. Mridula says:

    What an incredible story to go with the face!

  20. Had just finished reading "The Hungry Tide", so can totally relate to it 🙂

  21. Saving tigers after being attacked by them….interesting.:)

  22. Gail Dixon says:

    Impressive story! You captured him so well. A handsome and kind face. 🙂

  23. Carver says:

    Wow, what an interesting story and a great face.

  24. I faced the tiger twice. Only once i could not see, it was a maneater leopard and we escaped death narrowly. All this happened in the forests of M.P, now Chhatisgarh.

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