About Us - Nature Safari India
Sharad Kumar Vats
Born and brought up in New Delhi, it was Sharad’s childhood passion to play cricket for India. An ardent outdoor athlete, he excelled in every sport he set his mind to. At the time when his peers were preparing for Engineering and Medical entrance exams, he shifted his focus to pursue Hotel Management to build his professional career. After successfully completing his course, he was selected by Asia’s largest hotel group, the Taj Group of Hotels (a TATA Group Enterprise). At the turn of his first year with the Taj Group, accolades poured in as he was chosen as Employee of the Year.
It was soon after that he met his ‘Super Boss’ Mr. Divya Bhanu Sinh Chavda, who was a Wildlife Expert, and an acclaimed author of several books on Indian Wildlife. It was the meetings and interactions with him that inspired Sharad to visit a host of different national parks over the next few years.
From the year 1990 to 1999, Sharad traveled pan India, through the jungles of- Bandhavgarh, Corbett, Dudhwa, Kanha, Bharatpur, and Sariska. He saw his first tiger in the year 1990 at the mere age of 22, but little did he know that this one sighting would engulf him into a realm where forests were all that mattered. While Sharad did continue to grow in the corporate world, he aligned himself to the purpose of living in the wilderness of India and to save the Tiger.
With a renewed sense of passion, he quit the hotels and started his own venture, called ‘Nature Safari India Pvt Ltd’, with a motto of ‘Conservation through Tourism’. As he progressed through his journey, he developed and sharpened his skills in wildlife photography. In 2014, he captured an extraordinary natural history moment of an encounter between a tiger and two elephants. It is his ongoing effort and enthusiasm in such work, that has earned him recognition worldwide.
He is an avid reader with some of his all-time favorites being, ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, ‘Bhagwat Gita’, ‘Jobs’, and ‘Built to Last’. Certain personalities which have left an indelible impression on him are; Paramahansa Yogananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Jack Welch.
Honing his love for wildlife and passion for teaching practical management skills, Sharad launched a book called “The Tiger CEO”. He says, “The tiger is an enigma that fascinates us all. There are so many coffee-table books on tigers by a variety of experts, but I felt a tremendous urge to pen down my own observations and interpretations of key tiger traits, that not only make the feline an apex predator, but also an exemplary leader.
At this time in history, when we feel the need for strong leadership to steer us through the crises we face, I found myself turning to the tiger for inspiration again and again. From Chattrapati Shivaji to Elon Musk, I have found several of the feline’s attributes in leaders throughout history, across the planet, spanning a variety of domains, and have shared them with you in the book. I hope that this book inspires you to draw on these invaluable lessons from the king of the jungle.
For those of you who are outside India, The Tiger CEO is available on a variety of international platforms worldwide – Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, iBooks, Google Play Store, NotionPress!