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Gandhian Grasshopper

Credit:Sachin RaiOctober 2009: The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

 

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Light Of Our Lives

Credit:Kalyan VarmaAugust 2009: A remarkable piece of science is at work here. This tree aglow with fireflies is just one among millions in Kerala’s Western Ghats that support a bewildering diversity of living creatures, many yet to be recorded by…

Darkness At Noon

Credit:Sachin RaiJune 2009: When the king says there is darkness at noon, the wise man says: “Behold the Moon.” – Anonymous. When the next election takes place in India five years from today… Tigers will continue to pad the forests of Kanha, Sundarbans,…

Banking On Disaster

It is funny how bent politicians and brutish financial institutions manage to twist things to suit their purpose, irrespective of how the house of cards – in which most of the world population lives – collapses.

Us Vs. Us

Credit:Dhritiman MukherjeeApril 2009: Anyone might be forgiven for falling in love with this slow loris Nycticebus coucang and what it represents – thick rainforests, silence, purity and the kind of harmony that humans can…

A Sense of Wonder

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in – Rachel Carson in A Sense of Wonder.

Darwin's World

Credit:Praveen P. MohandasFebruary 2009: There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the…

The Evolutionary Climate

Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. – Carl Sagan

Man’s Best Friend

Credit:Hira PunjabiDecember 2008: I love dogs. The ones in my home; the ones on India’s mean streets; the wild ones that run chital and sambar down in deep forests and the ones that started it all, the ultimate top dogs – wolves, Canis…

Both Ends

“Never burn your candle at both ends.” I doubt that I will ever forget that line of advice, proffered consistently by my father, Lal Chand Sahgal, through the decades. Were he alive today (he left us on August 22, 2008 after an incredibly full 97 years), he would have agreed that this image of a Periyar Tiger Reserve forest fire, raging around a high tension power cable, perfectly exemplifies the…

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