THE BIRDMAN OF INDIA

Happy 125th birthday.   Today is the 125th birth celebration of renowned ornithologist Salim Ali. Sálim Moizuddin Abdul Ali was born in Mumbai on 12 November 1896. He spent almost his entire life devoted to Ornithology (study of birdwatching) that made him famously known as the ‘Birdman of India’ and he was the first Indian […]

A WALK IN THE WOODS – HIMALAYAN TREK SERIES 3

I had to tear myself away from this beautiful place and continue the trek. The days’ trek was promised to be all descent and through the thick Singalila forest. I was more than excited about what lay ahead.  The route to Kalipokhri was mostly bamboo forests, peppered with magnolia trees and occasional dark red rhododendrons, […]

A WALK IN THE WOODS – HIMALAYAN TREK SERIES 2

A brief stop at the pristine Chitrey Monastery on the Indo Nepal border, and what followed was a gradual ascent and level walks through an undulating meadow. The wind was strong and the wind chill was creeping into my bones.   I gazed down the valley as the fog briefly cleared and large bird sad […]

THE MASTER STORK

I was taken on a detour to one of the art shows close to the lake nearby. It was a huge and vast with sun’s spotlight perfectly focused on each and every art piece. The entire space was fitted with an ambient sound to create a natural setting.  While I was watching each and every […]

THE MAJESTIC LOTEN

It was a misty day as I walked towards the church’s grotto garden. I heard the starlings jingle which emptied my mind of all worry,  bringing a fresh day.   As I passed the garden, there was a conspicuous Pink Butterfly tree in all its glorious full bloom and it’s sweet fragrance was scented the […]

ENTER THE GARDEN – SHORT TRAIL IN LALBAGH, BANGALORE

A giant choco lava cake tempted me to plunge into its sweetness. I ran towards it and then stopped and wondered what it was doing in the middle of Lalbagh Garden. Then, I realized that it was a Peninsular Genesis Rock which was probably over 3,000 million years old. I had heard of the Rock […]

THE BLUETIFUL BLOOMS

I visited a princess crowned by misty hills. She is none other than Kodaikanal, the Princess of Hill Stations. She was wearing a brooch of rare blue Kurinji blooms that chose to adorn her only once in 12 years. What a glorious sight they were! A bee settled upon them and drunk their nectar to […]

A SELFIE WITH LORY IN JURONG, SINGAPORE

I felt like The Bird of Paradise, because I was in paradise! There’s no other word to describe the wonderland that made my heart grow wings and soar. I was at the world-famous Jurong Bird Park, Singapore. My legs were on autopilot, leading me to the Pool Amphitheatre, where I perched at a vantage point. […]

A WHIMBREL & A WHIMSICAL WANDERER IN AQUA OUTBACK RESORT

I was in an SUV, gliding across an endless silvery-white expanse, leaving a white cloud behind me. I felt as if I was on the Chandrayan Mission. Then I was reminded that this ethereal odyssey was indeed taking place on earth, by an infinite blanket of blue teasing the salty sprawl with its equally salty, […]

WILDCATS LOST AMIDST PINK PINEAPPLES IN SINGAPORE

One fuzzy circle surrounded by soft petals can take your breath away. Imagine a 250-acre sprawl of flowers. I was lost in a fragrant paradise, except that it was right on earth – Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. One day is not enough to feast your eyes on the vibrant floral carpet that seems […]

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