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THE LAND OF COFFEE BERRIES & PLUMHEADS

It was a scene straight out of a dream. A jeep ride through a 100-acre coffee plantation amidst the mist-shrouded hills. We were hunting for coffee berries at the heart of Coorg. So were the butterflies. I spotted two stained-glass…

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THE NAWAB OF BENGALURU

I spotted two unusual looking leaves that seemed to be inserted in brown frames. Then, the leaves unfolded in perfect symmetry. It was a winged king who bore the name Common Nawab but was truly a spectacle to behold. The…

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE WINGED BUDDHA

I and my friends were excited when we got the opportunity to visit the Thattekad Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, described by the renowned ornithologist as the richest bird habitat in Peninsular India. The Malayalam word ‘Thattekad’ means flat forest. The…

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A TIGER, A TREEPIE, AND A TAWNY COSTER

It was exciting to return to college after 16 years. I was accompanied by a bubbly bunch of 5 students. We were out chasing birds and butterflies, except that we didn’t bunk class to do it. We wanted to explore…

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BLUSHING BALLET DANCERS ON A BLUE DAIS

Surrounded by the urban jungle, I longed for the sight of an azure lake. Luckily, I found great company in a bunch of birding enthusiasts, many of whom were IT folks with expensive cameras. I was content with my Canon…

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