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The Jungle

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Until the dark

let the kakad bark

as the  sun slips down where horizon ends

and the darkness descends

the jungle wakes up

to the howls of the jackals, the music of the crickets,

the hoots of the owl,

and then suddenly


to the pook of the cheetal

and the bellow of the sambar


I stiffen in

I am a Field Director, an employee of the government of India, presently serving the state government. As FD my task is to ensure that the wildlands under my charge remain intact, the tigers and its prey are safe and thriving and the habitats that support the wild animals are productive and healthy. Looks quite easy here –

Tiger wants a Meteorite

Posted by: Suhas Kumar on

Tyger Tyger turning white
with the fear of the inevitable

- the gin traps, poisoned carcasses 
- and live wires hanging from power-line,
- a bullet aimed straight to the brain
- be crushed under truck’s wheel 
- Or, tossed over by a hurtling train

Tyger tyger turning white
with the fear of the known

- his home turned into villages


A hapless young male tiger strayed away from its already depleted and deeply fragmented original habitat, which once allowed tigers of Malwa to travel far and wide in search of new home and mate, into the outskirts of a rapidly expanding Bhopal city. The tiger entered a fenced compound probably in the night, and when the

In defense of the tigers

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In defense of the tigers
A debate has started on tigers about which the tigers are totally unaware. The debaters belong to two schools of thoughts – there is one group that believes tigers have the same rights as a human being has – unless it is a persona non-grata or one that is drifting on the high sea. And then there is the