In simplest of the terms, this book lists the approach towards ecology from the perspective Hindu scriptures, beliefs and customs. Well-separated, it deals with flora, water, fauna, and other natural formations. For each of these, the author uses references from vedic, upanishadic, and other scriptures, as well as customs and practices, which help understand the approach that Hinduism has towards protection and reverence of the environment.
This is a well researched text, with interesting references, and language is simple and clear. It’s a perfect introduction to someone who is seeking the worldview on environment from the perspective of Hinduism. Concepts of preservation and conservation in the Hindu world view are suitably described. For those of who may be aware of some of these concepts, there is interesting trivia, up for consumption. And no surprises, when parallels (or contrasts) are drawn between Hindu and Buddhist practices.
Initial part of every section is a conceptual description of environmental concern — which makes for interesting reading — of the references as well as the impact on the environment. As each chapter or section progresses, the prose-approach to the lists of various tanks, trees, mountains, gardens and what have you becomes tedious reading. The items in the list are very similar in nature, and it just seems a re-reading of a paragraph, over and over. What should have been tabulated is expanded in avoidable prose. This content, which comes across primarily as reference, should have been relegated to the end of the book, rather than embedding it in the primary text.
The book has a few images, which do not serve any purpose. They are low quality, small, often not more than an inch tall, and in black & white. It would have been easier to give a search phrase for the reader.
Worth a read if environment is an area of interest for you, and if you are curious about how Hinduism approaches it.