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Entries for January 2022

Chenchu: ‘Children of the Forest’ for Tiger Protection

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Chenchu: ‘Children of the Forest’ for Tiger Protection
(January 25, 2022) Article by Sourabha Rao A vast tiger reserve with its dense, green-black depths. In this forest have long-lived its ‘children’ who know their habitat intimately. We are talking about India’s largest tiger reserve, Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve (NSTR), and the tribal people called the ‘Chenchu’ who have been an integral part of it. While the frontline staff of the forest department is relentlessly committed to the well-being of this tiger reserve, ...

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Impactful Environmental Art: Interview With Alisha Dutt Islam

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Impactful Environmental Art: Interview With Alisha Dutt Islam
(January 19, 2022) Interview by Sourabha Rao Recently, we had the pleasure of talking to Alisha Dutt Islam, an environmental artist, botanical illustrator, information designer and educator. Her body of work, in her own words, ‘focuses on helping my audience process data in an easy and enjoyable manner with primary focus on the environment.’ Listening to her ideas about art and its power to set in motion positive change was refreshing. We hope you enjoy this exchange of thoughts as well!  ...

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Lesser Florican: May the Elusive Never Go Extinct

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Lesser Florican: May the Elusive Never Go Extinct
(January 17, 2022) Written by Sourabha Rao An article Dr. Nigel Collar wrote about the urgency of a lesser florican conservation programme, in January this year, began with this assertion: “I am terrified over the future of the lesser florican.” The italicised emphasis on the word that conveys his concern remains justified, for he asserts that if we do nothing now, the ‘critically endangered’ lesser florican will be completely gone in about twenty years. Illustration: Aditi Rajan ...

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Birds of Chopta - Week 6

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Birds of Chopta - Week 6
(January 13, 2022) Here’s the sixth part of our ‘Birds of Chopta’ series – with the following seven birds and poems dedicated to each one of them. We hope you enjoy it. Poems by Sourabha Rao. Photo courtesy shared below each image. 1. Black-and-yellow grosbeak © Akbar Ali Asif a new space within, swollen with rapture the earth holds so much and your responses rest within you – dense, vivid, your own forming you as you participate in this great dialogue the world...

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ಕಾನನದ ಸುತ್ತ

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ಕಾನನದ ಸುತ್ತ
(January 05, 2022) (ಭಯ, ಕುತೂಹಲ, ಹಾಸ್ಯ) ಲೇಖಕರು: ಸತೀಶ ಗಣೇಶ ನಾಗಠಾಣ ಅಬ್ಬಬ್ಬ... ವಾಹ್! ಅದ್ಭುತ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯಯದ ಕೌತುಕ ಖಜಾನೆಯನ್ನ ತನ್ನೊಳಗೆ ಭದ್ರವಾಗಿ ಅಡಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ದಟ್ಟಮರಗಳ ದಂಡಕಾರಣ್ಯದ ಸುತ್ತ ಒಂದು ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ರಸ್ತೆಯ ಮಧ್ಯೆ‌ ಸಲೀಸಾಗಿ ಜೀಪನ್ನ ಚಲಾಯಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆವು. ಆಹಾ! ಇಂತಹ ದೃಶ್ಯವನ್ನ ನಾನೆಲ್ಲೂ ಕಂಡೇ ಇಲ್ಲ. ವಿಸ್ಮಯ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಪರಕಾಯ ಪ್ರವೇಶವೆಂದರೆ ಇದೇ ಎಂದೆನಿಸುತ್ತಿತ್ತು.   ನೋಡನೋಡುತ್ತ ಕಾನನ ಲೋಕದ ಪ್ರಪಂಚದ ಕೋಟೆಯೊಳಗೆ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆವು. ಮೈಮನ ರೋಮಾಂಚನಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತಹ ಜಾಗವಿದು. ‘ಭಲೇ ಭಲೇ ಚಾಂಗಭಲೇ’ ಎಂದು ಉದ್ಗರಿಸುತ್ತಿರಬೇಕಾದ್ರೆ ಪಕ್ಕದಲ್ಲಿ...

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