Every year, our planet loses over 150 species of plants and animals, and India is very much in the midst of this mass ‘sixth extinction’. We are losing species in our backyard—where are the once ubiquitous sparrows, or the fireflies that lit up our nights? And in the forests, iconic species like the great Indian bustards are down to a hundred, while flamingos are poised to be wiped off the map of India. The Vanishing by Prerna Singh Bindra, takes an unflinching look at the unacknowledged crisis that India’s wildlife faces.