The Old Man and the City 3

The Old Man and the City
  [This piece was published in Nature InFocus on 28th February 2017. ] 1986 I was about 10 years old when my family moved to Guwahati, Assam, from the desert-town of Bahrain in the Arabian gulf. If Guwahati was a bustling urban space at that time, my mind did not register it. I’d wait for the ...

A Hampi Kaleidoscope

A Hampi Kaleidoscope
It is raining as the factories of Bellary rush past our train window. And as the train pulls into the little shanty town that is Hospet, it is hard to believe that the ruins of an ancient kingdom lie not far away. We drive to the green oasis-like Sloth Bear Resort, situated at the edge ...

All the world’s a stage 11

All the world's a stage
The Old Magazine House at Ganeshgudi is the stuff of birdwatching legend. If you believed the stories, all you had to do was grab a cup of tea, take a seat in front of the birdbaths, and watch. It all sounded so fantastic that my husband, Kumar, and I had to go see it for ...

For Love 4

For Love
Beauty does not move me as much as your sense of freedom, The way you know the birds and the earth and the light. If life is a story, it is laid out in your grain. I want to lie back on a sunny day and hear you tell it. I want to stand close ...

Agumbe on my mind 29

Agumbe on my mind
Agumbe had been on my mind for months. I nearly signed up for one of Darter‘s Agumbe tours last year but regular life intervened and, as it does, made a mess of things. So, when the tour was announced in April this year, me and K decided to go. After a pleasant overnight bus ride ...