Delhi, Nov. 22 -- A yawn, followed by a sneeze and a crack of the knuckles, all signs of immense boredom. A wildlife safari is the last thing you'd ever associate all this with. But here I was, slouching in the passenger seat of our jeep, repeating the pattern in a loop.

As blasphemous as it may sound, I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of the great outdoors. But when you're out in the wild and a Ruddy mongoose imitates these movements, you know you're in for an experience of unpredictability and one of constant surprise and wonder. As the little beast lifted its leg to scent mark its territory, with its tail in a peculiar twist, I knew this one was a professional poser.

I had certain preconceived notions about what a safari would b...