Learning the Science behind Bird Watching

  “For birders it is easier to understand science, whereas it is difficult for a scientist to start birding,” says Shashank Dalvi, wildlife biologist who is part of the team who discovered the bird, Himalayan Forest Thrush in May-June, 2009. He has travelled across the country, 80,000 kilometers to be precise, to record 1,128 bird…

Ganesh Chaturthi—celebrating nature’s bounty

Ganesh Chaturthi or ‘Chavath’ as it is known in Goa will be celebrated this year on August 25. This festival which undoubtedly one of the biggest in Goa, has direct relation with ecology and it is celebration of a good harvest and what nature has to offer. Here is the article which I wrote for…

Killing them softly

This article I wrote last year for the Goa based newspaper, ‘The Navhind Times,’ after visiting a waterfall in Goa during monsoon. The crowd, chaos and the worst garbage which was lined all along with forest trail made me to write this piece. The revelers who come here to ‘enjoy’ the nature are in turn…

How we are killing our hill stations day by day

  ARTI DAS The idea of a hill station always builds up a romantic concept in our mind. We make an image of hills, tall devdar trees, narrow lanes, cozy climate, warm people and a hot cup of tea for our company to watch the world pass by. But, nowadays this image is little different….

Neeraj Ghaywan: The maker and his creations

Seldom have you get a chance to re-live your favourite film with none other than the maker of that film itself. The 2015 Hindi film ‘Masaan’ directed by Neeraj Ghaywan is one such film and I got this chance of watching this film with him at the opening of the film club of ESG (Entertainment…

Appreciating and loving trees

How many of us make an attempt to watch and study the trees around us? Trees provide us life in the form of oxygen, provide shade from the scorching sun and most importantly they are nurtures, as they are home to birds, bees, insects, etc. But, somehow we have always undervalued their importance. For most…

Home away from home

Mrugaya Nature Retreat at Amboli is the perfect example of living in harmony with nature and soaking in the quiet which a regular city dweller is desperate for.  The one destination which is quite popular among Goans is the hill station Amboli, which is just 90-odd kilometers from Panaji (Goa). It is popular as a monsoon…

Meghalaya—amidst clouds and natural wonders

The north-eastern state of Meghalaya is covered with Garo, Khasi and Jaiantia hills. It is also considered as the wettest place of the world as till recent history Cherrapunjee was defeated by the village of Mawsynram as the wettest place on earth, which is also in Meghalaya. As the name suggests Meghalaya abodes in the…

Sawantwadi and Kudal: Where art and heritage are nurtured

There are various reasons for travelling. Some travel to unwind, some to explore a new place, some for adventure and for as a pilgrimage. There is another aspect to travel – to discover the art and culture of a place, and India offers tremendous scope in this direction. The small town of Sawantwadi in Maharashtra…

Dandeli: Ultimate weekend getaway

There’s always a issue when it comes to deciding about weekend getaways. Even though there are many options, but finding one destination that offers both relaxation and adventure in two days is difficult. Dandeli is a place that offers both. It has something for every traveller. Around 150-odd kilometers from Panaji, Goa, it is a most…

Of natural wonders, legends and more

The Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka is a location that has some beautiful sites that are full of wonder and beauty. Here you can explore the Yana caves, scale the heights of the Mirjan Fort and be amidst tranquility and peace at Gokarna YANA CAVES The Yana caves are naturally formed caves located in the…

Bhutan: More than a Land of Happiness

Bhutan, the Himalayan nation is always associated with happiness. Make a trip to this ‘happy’ country to get few tips on how to smile at life Gross Domestic Product (GDP) speaks about the development of a nation in relation to monetary growth. But is this the best was to judge the progress of a nation?…