If 'The Boy Who Loved Birds' by Lavanya Karthik had been written by any other author, we'd have pages and pages about where the famous ornithologist Salim Ali was born, what he studied, his moment of self-realization, and a list of his achievements. Instead, this marvel of a book begins this way - 'What is a bird? A target for sport. A morsel to savor. A pet. As a child, Saloo thought that a bird was a simple thing, until he encountered a mysterious bird and chased it to an unlikely destination.