Stranger Things
A Chatting Rockstar

A Chatting Rockstar

Knock-knock, who’s there? The holy Brown Rock Chat. A holy who???... That’s how a timid bird perplexed me at 3:30am in the dark of dawn. It was February 2019 and I was calming the anxieties of my daughter, who was fearing her imminent exams. Persistently knocking my door—I hesitated to investigate any such visitor at an ungodly hour. So, I peeped out from an adjacent window to survey my doorway and was delightfully surprised to find a beautiful, winged creature.

“Mama, look who’s come to wish me luck!" My doll whispered in ecstasy. A sweet, tiny female Indian Robin...

The SPARROW and the NEST-MAN

The SPARROW and the NEST-MAN

The Limca Book of Record holder, Rakesh Khatri, will offer an inspiring chitter-chatter on sparrow conservation.

Let There Be Rights, But…

Let There Be Rights, But…

From privileges for a few to rights for all

There was a time, not so long ago, when the so-called ‘civilised’ world was divided into free humans and slaves. Free humans were those who had the right to own property while the slaves were those who were considered as property. Free humans had the privilege to make decisions not only for themselves but also for their slaves.

As we learnt from others who we thought were less civilised than us...

Movement is Life

Movement is Life

A simple, lucid explainer on the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of wildlife corridors.

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When I was little, my grandparents used to tell me stories about how they left their small village in Rajasthan to travel to the big city of Jaipur for better opportunities. Today, I have left Jaipur for the even bigger city of Delhi to try my luck. I am sure all of you know of family members and friends who have migrated for studies, jobs, or marriage. All of us witnessed the plight of lakhs of people who migrated back to their villages on foot during the lockdown imposed in response to COVID-19. . All these people had come to cities for livelihood and they all went back when their livelihood dried up...

Kung Fu Gecko

Kung Fu Gecko

You know Jackie Chan, right? Or was he a superstar when I was growing up? Yes, you are right, you probably do not know Jackie Chan, the greatest martial artist to have ever walked the earth. The world changes fast these days. Heroes of my childhood are not the heroes of your childhood. Jackie Chan was a household name in urban India when I was growing up. He was an action hero who did all of his stunts himself. Yes, that’s right, no stunt double, no CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery), nothing, and he got hurt, really hurt, while performing his stunts, but he just went on and on like a trooper...

A Manifesto from the Microbial World

A Manifesto from the Microbial World

At the outset, I want to thank the United Nations of Humans for giving us this opportunity to address all of humankind. I speak on behalf of the quintillion microbes of our planet.

I know that we are speaking to you in a time of great distress. Each of you present here has faced personal tragedies. We convey our deepest condolences...

Gibbon Saga: A Tale of Forceful Separation and Joyous Unification

Gibbon Saga: A Tale of Forceful Separation and Joyous Unification

In 1887, 18 years before they divided Bengal into two, the British laid down a railway line through the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, located on the south bank of the Brahmaputra river system in Jorhat district. While the railway line connected British tea plantations in Tinsukia with those in Jorhat and Dibrugarh, it divided the sanctuary into two unequal compartments—one roughly 150 hectares (370 acres), the rest roughly 1,950 hectares (4,820 acres)...

To Bee or Not to Bee
The Lost Species
Crocs on the Rocks!

Crocs on the Rocks!

Kendrapara is now a privileged district because it is the only one which hosts all three species of crocodilians found in India. Saltwater crocodiles have liked to hang around the area for some decades now. So, they are old news, nobody gets excited about them. Sort of a ghar ki murgi dal barabar situation. People get excited when new and unexpected things happen, when things happen that make us feel special.

Thus, news was made in 2016 when for the first time in the history...

The House of Sparrows

The House of Sparrows

Where happiness comes in small packages—the ever-delightful house sparrow.

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We often ignore our immediate periphery in our quest for finding excitement. Just think of the house sparrows! As a kid, out of sheer ignorance, I recall embarrassingly how I plundered their nests. But now, I compensate by feeding their chicks, watering them, and sheltering them in their cushy abodes.

In all this while, these humble birds never ever deserted their homes nor me...

The Importance of Being Fungi

The Importance of Being Fungi

When we think about biodiversity, we usually think only of animals, birds, insects and plants. We forget that fungi are also biodiversity. According to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the UK, fungi are ‘distinctive organisms that digest their food externally by secreting enzymes into the environment and absorbing organic matter... 

Ecotravel
From Earth to Mars via a Mobile App!

From Earth to Mars via a Mobile App!

A Freedom Pledge on greenery—a promise to protect the forests and biodiversity of our planet.

Ka-Kaw!

Ka-Kaw!

A first-hand experience narrating the extraordinary about the ordinary—crow.

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Do you remember your Mum pointing out a kauua to you as a kid? A crow is certainly among the first non-humans we notice as babies. In fact, children very quickly pick up their 'ka/kaw' in spite of its harshness, and repeat it like a sweet lullaby. This is how, crows become our best, flying companions—they fly wherever humans go! Moreover, they also display many of our traits...

 

Q&A Session with Dr Qamar Qureshi

Q&A Session with Dr Qamar Qureshi

Have you ever wondered what wild-lifers do? What inspires them to go to work in the jungle? How they protect themselves in the jungle? How they count tigers? Dr Qamar Qureshi of the Wildlife Institute of India answers questions about tigers and the work he does with them. 

Biodiversity Quiz—results
The Inglorious Bustards

The Inglorious Bustards

Active conservation efforts of the state government and the Bishnoi tribe together are yielding positive results in rescuing the famous Great Indian Bustards.

Where does electricity come from? Most of us have not seen the power stations where it is generated but we have all seen the wires that deliver electricity to our homes. Yes, those wires, hanging overhead on the streets, which seem to have been built for pigeons and crows to perch upon...

 

Lady Tarzan

Lady Tarzan

An inspiring story of an ordinary Adivasi woman, Jamuna Tudu, who used the superpowers of diligence and persistence to defeat the timber mafias in Jharkhand.

I am sure all of you have seen Tarzan cartoons. What if I told you that we have a real Tarzan in India and that too a lady! Jamuna Tudu of the Santhal tribe of Central India, began her journey towards becoming ‘Lady Tarzan’ in 2000. This was when she got married, barely at the age of 17, and moved from her childhood home in Odisha to her husband’s village in Jharkhand...

 

What is the History of Cheetah Re-Introduction in India?

The Cheetah is the fastest terrestrial animal on earth, capable of galloping at speeds of up to 100 km/h. The Cheetah, which was extinct in the 1950s in India, is about to make a comeback later this year. About 10 cheetahs, 5 of them females, will be brought to Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary in November 2021.

Tiger and Deer at the Waterhole