Saturday, 27 April 2019

No place for quiet

One cold afternoon, as we stopped our gypsy on a high ground, to wait patiently for those beautiful stripes to appear out of the jungles and walk graciously towards the waterhole right below the hillock, we suddenly became aware of the deafening sounds!! 
But luckily, it wasn't that annoying urban sound that drives us mad, gives us headaches and ruins our health. This was the variety that soothes our senses,  and calms our soul...chirping of hundreds of birds... different species and different colors. They came in a group out of the blue as if they wanted to cheer us up for their naughty tiger friend had decided to remain shy that day. And cheer us up they did with their song and dance, putting up a show for us on a hot afternoon. 

Friday, 26 April 2019

Tale of Baby Langur

So so cute, isn't she? What if I tell you that the chances of this tiny baby to ever grow up in this world are pretty slim? Does it break your heart? 

Yes, life in the wild for herbivores is not easy. Survival is a struggle, everyday battle. But it's much more pronounced now than ever before, thanks to us. We raised our own kids, built houses for the cost of their homes, their forests. We provide for our kids, feed the cost of their food sources. We build industry, infrastructure for economic the cost of their air and their habitat. 

Now having lost their homes, they come to our buildings; having lost their food, they steal ours. When we shoo them away and call them thieves, is it really their fault? This mother also has to raise her young, just like us. She would feel the same intense pain if she were to lose her baby. For the sake of these cute innocent eyes, isn't it worth trying to let them live in their world?

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Hidden Treasures

Seeing an animal in the wild is like participating in a treasure hunt... you know the treasure is hidden someplace. Now the fun is in the search for the treasure and the exhilaration of actually finding it.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Save Paper, Save Environment

If there is one product used by every single individual in the civilized world, that is paper. With the advancement of technology, paper has become more affordable. The cheap production of paper has led to increased consumption and subsequently huge waste as well. 

Change #3: Say no to Print Outs...go digital. 

Paper industry contributes to over 30 Million acres of deforestation and destruction of natural habitat in a year. Paper is harmful for the environment from the start of its lifecycle till the end. The production process uses up lots of water and energy, and produces other pollutants for the environment. When paper is burned, it emits carbon dioxide and when it rots, it emits methane...a greenhouse gas. 

We use paper in our everyday life. One of the major usage is hard copy prints. An average worker prints 10-12K pages in a year, equivalent to one whole tree. By saying NO to print outs, each one of us can save one tree in a year. By saving one A4 size paper, we are saving 10 ltrs of water in its production process, and huge amount of energy. That's a significant contribution, isn't it? 

So another change we have made in our day to day life is, we have stopped taking unnecessary print outs. We use soft copy whenever possible and look for digital medium. By deliberately reducing print outs, we can contribute significantly towards saving the planet. 


Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Say No To Zoo

The beauty of this majestic creature is sure to leave the viewer speechless. As I watched this amazing couple from hardly 30 ft away in an open car in the wild, their own habitat, I felt ridiculously small, insignificant and invisible. They were free and reigned supreme but awestruck by their presence all I felt was respect, not fear.

Change #2- Say NO to zoo and safari parks and promote wildlife tourism

On the exact opposite spectrum was my experience of a "safari" where the lion was caged and so were we. As if the lion is ready to pounce on us any moment. It pained me immensely to see such majestic animals tamed helplessly and locked in cage barely 30X30mtrs. This felt inherently wrong and corrupt as if I was doing a tour of a hospital and having a fun packed day at the expense of the patients. There was no mutual respect and understanding, but only fear and divide.

The whole idea of nature or wildlife tourism needs to be based on understanding our eco system and inter dependency. We need to appreciate and love these animals and we can't do that within cages. There are many natural parks which help you see animals in their natural habitat and we need to promote these so that our future generation is fascinated and learns to admire these animals rather than fear them. Let's promote freedom for all living beings.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Plastic Bottles

Nature and humans are meant to coexist. On this occasion of World Earth Day, for the next 3 days, we will share with you 3 simple changes we have made in our lives to contribute towards a safe future of human life on planet earth. 

Change #1- Replace plastic bottles with metal bottles

Studies say that about a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number is increasing steeply every year. Only a small percentage of this is recycled, rest of the plastic bottles end up in landfills or oceans. Between 5 million and 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by sea birds, fish and other organisms. This does not just kill the birds, fishes and animals but is also finding its way back to human food chain. Just think, we are digesting tiny pieces of plastic through seafood and other food items.

An average human being uses about 70 single use plastic bottles in a year. So we decided to stop using single use plastic bottles. We carry our own bottles everywhere we go, even when we travel. The saving of 70 plastic bottles a year may not sound significant enough. But if 100 of us start following this, we save the planet 7000 plastic bottles a year. As more of us start making this change, over time, this will amount to a significant change. 

And this is also in line with our culture, our tradition. Aren't we told to have water from copper vessels to improve our health? This way we will not just help save the planet but be more health conscious as well.


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About Us

We are two friends immensely in love with nature & wildlife. Seeing how nature and wildlife is in serious threat from humans, we decided not to be bystanders anymore. We want to spread our views through our photos and words, the issues nature & wildlife currently face, the need for conservation and simple solutions that we all can implement in our everyday life to make a difference.

Anindita Chakarabarty

Harshada Thakurdesai

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Foundation of Life

For the last 5 years or so, Corporate world is buzzing with this word called, Diversity. Diversity of gender, ethnicity, backgrounds... even diversity of thought. All of this because researchers realized maintaining diversity is healthy for not just culture of the organization but for profitability and sustainability.

Simple lesson... this lesson applies to natural world too... higher the diversity of species, richer the planet and obviously more sustainable

The diversity found in nature always had a purpose. Every bit of creation, living or otherwise, is interdependent in the food chain. 
Humans at the top of the food chain are dependent on both plants and animals for food. The plants we eat, depend on herbivores to spread their seed, on bees, insects and butterflies to pollinate and reproduce. The chicken or fish we eat, survive on worms and those worms suvive on plants or microorganisms. We rely on the carnivores to monitor the number of herbivores, otherwise they will eat up all the plants. 

One way or the other, if the balance is broken, a day will come when we run out of food and resort to cannibalism.