While on my trip to Pench in January 2022, I was confident to see her as I had seen her walking like a queen last November. I had thought that we would get to see her for one more season but destiny had other plans. On 15th January, Mataram took her last breath and I was fortunate enough to see her for the last time and also attend her funeral.
This felt like a personal loss to me as I was madly in love with her extraordinary life and contribution to the forests of Central India.
No tiger, except perhaps from her bloodline, would be able to match her. She will always remain in my heart.