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How to Drown Mumbai!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

"Be careful what you wish for because it might come true!" After obliterating wetlands, coasts, gardens, mills and virtually every other open space, "Free the salt pans," has become the battle cry of builders and politicians who wish to turn public spaces into private cash. Even ten-year-old kids know today that sea levels are


Ranathambore’s last Tigers?

Posted by: Suresh K L on

While voting for opinion poll on Lions introduction in Sanctuary Asia's website, 2 things came to my mind, whether to vote for Lions to safeguard their future or to allow tigers of Ranathambore to sign off from their very home.

 

Kuno-Palpur waiting for Lions is known and equally known factor is, already 2 or 3 Tigers managed to


BROADCAST NEWS

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

At eight the other morning, over the professional, jaunty sound of the news, I heard what must be one of the natural world's most accomplished broadcasters -- a whitebreasted kingfisher, better known to ornithologists as Halcyon smyrnensis. Jubilant and persistent, the brown, white and turquoise bird, sporting an extravagant

What's in a name?

Posted by: Suresh K L on

Rajiv Gandhi NP or Nagarahole NP, ask any Kannadiga, which one of these will they choose? The answer will be, a definite Nagarahole. In Kannada Nagarahole translates to Nagara (snake like or belonging to snake) hole (river or stream) aesthetically named in accordance with the number of serpentine like streams inside the park

Unknown Karnataka 2 -- Melukote WLS

Posted by: Suresh K L on

About Melukote: It's a small temple town located in Mandya district of southern Karnataka on top a hill with series of rocky outcrop hills surrounding it. Entering Melukote is like entering into bygone era. Here is a place, where you enter lost world of south Indian temples with priests of Vedic charm. Melukote is the favourite

Sparrows in my Garden

Posted by: Bratish Poddar on

Recently, a pair of sparrows built a nest in a drainage hole in our wall.  I uploaded the photos in Picasa; do take a look-

https://picasaweb.google.com/107404388748311172470/SparrowsMakingANest 

 

 

P.S. the uploading system here is really inconvenient. Please improve


The Budget Naturally!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

It's budget time for India and every industrialist is in Delhi, lobbying for tax benefits, sops and policies that can be reflected on their balance sheets. This has been the pattern for six decades now. It's how most fortunes were accumulated by the largest Indian corporations.

If short term economic gains are not replaced by a