Cloaked in sleek night and windy stripes, Slinking, barely rustling, an arrow taut in the string of a bow, A heady scent on the breeze, old blood and rotting flesh, Cheetal bark, tails flashing, legs leaping, Fangs flash silver, hunting knives, Rounded pugmarks pressed into the moist earth, a promise. Whiplash! A snake-like tail flashes…
Walking with the Caretakers of the Forest
Any researcher working in conservation will tell you about the importance of the stalwarts guardians of nature - forest guards. Here is a quick story on one of my many experiences learning from forest guards in India!
Scavengers of the High Hills
The first Saturday of September is celebrated as International Vulture Awareness Day. Vultures are some of the most regal, efficient birds of prey to soar the skies. They play a critical role in the environment, filling the niche of scavengers. However, they are in desperate need of a PR makeover, as are most scavengers on this planet. Today, let us explore why we need our scavengers, and why they are so maligned despite their many services...
The Bandit Queen (Rivers of India Series Pt. 2)
River of bandits, haunt of dacoit queens, she is fearless and wicked in her glory...meet the Chambal, the second star in the Rivers of India Series
A Goddess on Earth (Rivers of India Series Pt. 1)
She flows, tempestuous and carefree, out of the womb of the Shivaliks and into the floodplains that feed millions of hungry mouths.
India’s Wild Side: A Journey Across a Biodiverse Subcontinent
May 22, 2020 - International Day for Biological Diversity. Let's celebrate today with a walk through some of India's bountiful ecosystems and discuss what we stand to lose if we continue to dismiss the importance of nature.
Sowing the Seeds for an Empowered Future: Navdanya
A description of an experience that shaped me as an ecologist and environmentalist - a day at Navdanya!
From Coast to Crest: A Photostory Journey of Kannur, Kerala
Join me on a photostory of my trip to Kannur, a coastal city in Kerala. My journey commences on the coast and takes the reader to the crest of the Western Ghats...hop on board!
Classical Dances of India
An introduction to the eight Indian classical dances...a slight deviation from the usual wildlife post, but I hope you enjoy it!
Desert Carnival: Experiencing Rajasthan’s Annual Pushkar Camel Mela
The landscape is a myriad of colours, pulsing with life, dazzling, radiant. A burst of chaos amidst a sea of sand and Prosopis. My nostrils flare to absorb the unfamiliar mixture of smells, from camel hide to tanned leather to sweetmeats to sweaty horse to cattle droppings that litter the sandy soil.