No Legs To Stand On

“What is there to life... if man cannot hear the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?” — Chief Seattle

Black Is Black

I have never once in four decades of tramping through India’s wilds seen a black leopard. I have dreamed of seeing one, spoken to people who have seen one, gazed adoringly at images such as the one on this page… but have never, ever, been personally blessed by an actual darshan (sighting).

A Fluke Of Nature

An Irrawady dolphin vanishes into the food-rich, mud-brown waters of the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve and a whole world of opportunity, hidden from human eyes, opens up a micro-moment later. Using sophisticated sonography, the aquatic mammal sweeps its head expertly left to right to stitch together an…

Reflections

How extraordinarily lucky we are to be living on a subcontinent that still sustains wild elephants. Not because they are such beautiful animals… which they are. Not because our cultures and religions have been so deeply influenced by their magnificent aura… which they…

Clear As Glass

 Shubham AlaveNature designed its miraculous systems to mesh together in stunning complexity so that life, all manner of life, could emerge, stay safe and flourish.

A Leap Of Faith

Shiv KumarHow else could anyone possibly describe this death-defying river crossing?

From the austere Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains of Pakistan, through to western Ladakh plus a swatch of high-altitude Indian wildernesses, Capra sibirica hemalayanus

On Toothlessness

Suhas HegdeSeen at full pelt, this Indian pangolin Manis crassicaudata is as toothless as they come. But it has an enormous sticky tongue, which, believe it or not, is almost as long as its body. Why? Because it makes a living poking its tongue into…

That Inner Glow

Bishan MonnappaHave you ever wondered why some things look stunningly beautiful? Why some moments will live forever in your memory? Why commonplace sights – stars in the night sky, white surf on a blue sea, a flock of birds wheeling in unison –…

Reality Check

Vishal ModiMost of us go through life without noticing the magical world that so enriches our ephemeral existences. When we drive past open spaces in cities, for instance, our disconnect from nature leads us to believe that what keeps us alive on a hostile planet is…

Swamped Reason

Girish KetkarFor all practical purposes, nature may well have created Anjarle beach in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, ornamented here by thousands of gulls, terns, waders and shorebirds, to protect the land from the sea.

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