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Trees of Morni: Bahera

May 22, 20160 Comments

Bahera /Behada/Vibhitaka (Fearless in Sanskrit)/Beliric (Terminalia bellerica) is a large deciduous tree of South-East Asia that grows on plains and in lower hills. It has an uneven bluish or ashy-grey bark with longitudinal furrows. It grows to a height of 80-100 feet with a girth of 8-10 feet and is easily recognized from a distance by its […]

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Binsar- The Himalayan Bioscope

August 23, 20157 Comments

We hit the road at six and were already an hour behind schedule! The 400 km drive to Binsar through Moradabad, Rampur, Rudrapur, Kathgodam, Bhimtal, Bhowali and Almora was going to be one long haul. Musafir had insisted on driving the ‘Jazz’ as the winding hill roads make him sick unless he is at the […]

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The Song of the Magpie Robin: Zafar Futehally

April 8, 20150 Comments

The Song of the Magpie Robin – A Memoir Rupa Publications 2014 Zafar Futehally It was the attractive cover of the book that caught my eye. I had come across passing references to Zafar Futehally in books on conservation but I was not too sure whether I wanted to buy his ‘Memoir’. It was only […]

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The Wild Life of India: E.P. Gee

March 30, 20151 Comment

The Wild Life of India, Collins 1964 E.P. Gee E.P. Gee was one of the earliest wildlife photographers of India together with his more famous compatriot, F.W. Champion. He led, what one may call, ‘a-dream-life’. A Cambridge educated Anglo-Indian, Edward Pritchard Gee took up employment on the tea estates of Assam in the midst of […]

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Elephant – The Lady Boss

February 25, 20150 Comments

Elephant – The Lady Boss; Vanasuma Prakashana; Chandrashekhar Basappanavar (1998) The Tramp chanced upon this veritable gem while sifting through a row of second hand books in the wildlife section of ‘Blossoms’ a famous bookstore on Bangalore’s Church Street. The store with its impressive collection of books, new and old, on virtually every subject under […]

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Tiger Wallahs

February 13, 20150 Comments

Tiger -Wallahs Geoffrey C. Ward & Diane Raines Ward Oxford University Press 2002 It’s a grim account of the battle being fought to save India’s forests – and of the men at its forefront. The indefatigable Fateh Singh Rathore- the Tiger of Ranthambore made famous by his pupil – Valmik Thapar – a prolific wildlife […]

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The Gujjar Herder of Kalesar

February 1, 20150 Comments

He seeks the story of life. The story revealed in the song of the robin. The babbling of the brook. The death swoop of the shikra. The gorals silhouetted against the morning sky. The hum of the cicadas. The fragrant flowers of the Mahuaa that lure the cheetals. The mesmerizing  hues of the autumn. The […]

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Temple of Bhuri Singh Deota

December 16, 20141 Comment

Amongst the interesting sites to visit around Morni is a temple with a breath-taking cliff-side location at the centre of the formidable ‘Bhuri-Singh-Deota-Range’. The hill range is a sheer wall of rock running for 15 KM from Sarahan in the South-East to Naina Tikkar in the North-West in Sirmaur District of Himachal Pradesh. The temple […]

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Bhoj Kudana

December 8, 20140 Comments

Bhoj Kudana– comprises the dhanis lying in the low hills and spurs to the south of the ‘Valley of Tikkar’ with it twin tals and includes Baghwali, Barat, Bhamnol, Bhiyula, Kudana, Bounta, Dharket, Dharwala, Dighann, Duh, Dundal, Lad, Loharo, Mandhedi, Marad, Mathana, Mau, Meharwala, Samrotha and Tikar. Samrotha, an important dhani lies atop a hill […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Golden Dragonfly

November 14, 20140 Comments

Golden Dragonfly- a spectacular ‘gilded’ dragonfly spotted by the Tramp while trekking along the Berwala choe in the Khol-hai-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary area.

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