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How Old Will You Be In 2050? Tomorrow Asks Today

Credit:Bittu SahgalThis is a ‘Save our Tigers’ rally in progress in the heat of an unusually hot March 2012 day, on a crowded Dehradun street. I walked with David Hilton, Principal Hilton School and scores of terrific teachers from over 40…

A Spot Of Bother!

Credit:Zeeshan MirzaThis exquisite leopard was photographed on a dark night by young Zeeshan Mirza in one of the many shrinking pockets of wilderness that still survive between the urban sprawl that has begun to take a toll on Mumbai’s Aarey Milk…

Mera Bharat Mahaan – (India Is Great)

“Stop cutting trees, save forests… the tiger is our national pride.”

All Flesh Is Grass

Credit:M.V. ShreeramApril 2012: When the Book of Isaiah suggested that ‘all flesh is grass’, the ancients were implying that human existence was at best ephemeral. Even taken literally, the postulation rings true. Take the three distinctly different…

Athenae’s Curse

Special Mention: Santosh Kundeshwar – 'Death in Paradise'February 2012: Nature is splendidly democratic. No creature is victimised. None favoured. The eat or be eaten rule is the universal key to the…

Alarm Call!

February 2012: Darwin taught us all about ‘adaptation’ and its connection with the survival of species. This lion-tailed macaque Macaca silenus, aggressively baring its fangs, exemplifies such lessons. A fruit and seed disperser, this omnivorous monkey descended from a wider-ranging ancestor roughly five million years ago. A survivor that managed to overcome every natural challenge…

Nature Knows Best

Credit:Baiju PatilDecember 2011: Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain. – Leonardo Da Vinci This woodpecker is doing what woodpeckers do best. And every decision-maker in…


December 2011: This image is dramatic. That is why it won a Special Mention in the Sanctuary Wildlife Photography 2011 contest. The officials concerned are seen trying to tranquillise a reluctant cat. The image depicts valour, but underscores failure.

The Other Kashmir Problem

October 2011: When people talk of the 'Kashmir problem' the first thing that comes to mind is terrorism, bloodshed, injustice to humans. But there is another 'Kashmir problem' that has long been ignored - the slow and painful assassination of the famous Dal Lake.

United In Life... Or Divided In Death?

Indian Red Fox October 2011: This interaction between this Himalayan marmot Marmota himalayana and the red fox Vulpes vulpes took place in the natural wonderland of Ladakh's Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary in India. As always, I found myself fixated…

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