Nirmal at Queen Sirikit Reservoir, northern Thailand,
April 2004; and (left) at Khao Yai National Park,
eastern Thailand, October 2004.
Photographs by Doualy
Nirmal Ghosh, 50, is the Thailand Correspondent for the leading South East Asian paper The Straits Times. He was President of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines in 1998-99, and of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in 2008. He remains on the Executive Committee of the FCCT (http://www.fccthai.com).
Before leaving India in 1991 for Singapore, Nirmal wrote 'The Jungle Life of India' (Lustre Press, 1991). Subsequently he wrote 'Indian Wildlife' (Suntree, Singapore, 1992) and the novella 'Lord of the Grassland' (Landmark, Singapore, 1993).
Nirmal is a Trustee of The Corbett Foundation, which
works with communities on the periphery of Corbett
Tiger Reserve in Uttaranchal in north India : a
critical tiger, elephant, hog deer, mahseer and
gharial habitat. From 2002-2005 he served on the
Steering Committee of Project Elephant chaired by
India's Minister of Environment and Forests. He was a
member of the managing committee of Friends of the
Doon from 2000 to 2004. He spends much of his time in
the field working on wildlife issues. In December 2005
he chaired a panel discussion on wildlife and the
media at the first International Media and Environment
Summit at Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo).
A part time musician, he was a founder member of the
acclaimed New Delhi-based world music band
Ind-Tranzit, and performed the music for the
soundtrack of the recently released documentary
'Living with Giants' - a one hour film on elephant
conservation in India by Ashish Chandola. Nirmal
performed the music with Gautam Ghosh, founder of
Ind-Tranzit; co-wrote the script with Ashish Chandola;
and presented and narrated the film. 'Living with
Giants' won merit awards for Narration and
Conservation Message at the 28th International
Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, MO, USA in 2005.
Nirmal has lived and worked in India (until 1991, and
from 1999 to 2003), Singapore (1991-1994) and the
Philippines (1994-1999) and covered much of Asia as a
journalist. He currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand.
Nirmal finished his schooling in 1975 from La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata, and his graduation in 1979 from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.
Some of his photography can be seen here.