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Category Archives: Northern India

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The hills of the heart of India

Sitting on a Mac and writing about my experience at Pachmarhi and Satpura is quite a torrid affair. The experience of Pachmarhi and the Satpura range should have been written while walking through the forests, or lazing around eating Poha, or while almost dozing off under a Banyan tree, or while watching two Rockagama lizards battle it out in their quest for mating rites. To stare at a neat blank screen and pen this blog...

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Zen and the art of avoiding the heat and the rains of South Asia in August

There are many reasons for you to not travel to South Asia in August – even if that is the only time you can travel with the summer and the vacations that come along with it. Most will tell you that it rains most of the time in August. When it’s not raining, it is sunny and unbearably hot and humid. If both of them do not bother you, the mosquitoes and the waterlogging and the mudslides are sure to turn your...

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A quiz on rivers and turtles

Very little is known about India’s rivers and wildlife. However, the rivers of India harbour a great amount of biodiversity and attract a host of migratory birds. Do you know about this unique region of India? Of the turtles, crocodiles, Indian skimmers and dolphins that live there? Or the jackals and leopards that live on the river’s banks? Take this quiz to find out.Tell the world:Click to share on Twitter...

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Are you an Earthonomist?

How well do you know this world that we live in? We know all about the latest tech or the new iPhone release. But do we know about Mother Earth and all here creatures? Take this quiz to find out.Tell the world:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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The Jungle Book is much better than you think it is.

Rudyard Kipling had taken creative liberties while writing the Jungle Book. The original movie took Kipling’s liberties while designing the characters of the Jungle Book. The new movie has been touted to be a masterpiece with developed and necessary characters weaving together a story that is as smooth as Mowgli’s Parkour-on-a-banyan-tree skills. Universally, the story has been acclaimed to be poignant, the characters...

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The importance of learning Survival Skills

by Lee Burton   In our development as a species, mankind journeyed across numerous continents and lived in a variety of habitats, each of which required a unique set of primitive skills in order to flourish.  Prior to the industrial revolution and the advent of modern technologies, it was essential to have intimate knowledge of the local environment and mastery of basic fundamentals in order to ensure one’s...

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Weaving from the womb: Stories from Rupshu (Eastern Ladakh)

by Monisha Ahmed   Lanze was laying a new warp on the loom to make cloth for her family. As she stretched out one end of the warp, her mother, Abi Yangzom, helped her by straightening out the warp threads with her fingers and removing any knots. Lanze attached her end of the warp to the front roller and tied the belt securely across her back. She held firm to her end, while her mother tightly pulled and pulled on the...

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Fauna and Family revisited

by Disha Sharma   Recently I reconnected with a school friend after 16 years and I was mildly amused when she said she wasn’t surprised that I am a veterinarian and now pursuing a career in wildlife medicine and conservation. “How so?” I asked. She remembered I’d announced on the microphone that I wanted to be veterinarian during our class 10 Farewell Party. Turns out not many people are surprised by my career...

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A grain of sand

It was 5:45 am and I was running late. As I somehow got ready and did a last check on my luggage, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, with some toothpaste on my nose. Washing it off, I realised I had forgotten to pack my toiletries. At 6:15, my disorganised, sleepy self was dragged out by my mom. Fast forward a few hours and I find myself in a car looking out at the city opening its eyes and stretching out with...

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Bloody Paradise: A workshop on Chambal Ecology

Ancient Indian mythology narrates the creation of the Chambal River, in a strange and unorthodox manner. The Chambal river, as we know it today, originates in the desert state of Rajasthan, and flows through Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to join the Yamuna and take its name. Mythology however, tells a different story. The word Chambal, or Charmanyavati, means the blood of cows. Legend has it that the mighty river was...

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