Saturday, 18 May 2019
Friday, 17 May 2019
Being from a City which always seems to be high on the idea of burning you alive, my first experience of snowfall came pretty late in my life. In a time when I was setting foot into adulthood, I also set foot on my first snow filled road. It was an experience to even learn to walk on the snow clad path, sometimes sleepery, sometimes soft as butter and other times hard as rocks, it was a world of terrain I was so unaccustomed to. It taught me to trust my instict, to tread lightly and fall, many times, just fall.... But it also taught me I am strong enough to get back up and if I persevere, unlimited joy and pride was just a few steps away.
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Since the time I have started going on natural safaris, many have asked me- the jeep is open? There isn't even glass? The animals are in open? Why would you take such a risk? What if they attack? How can the guide not be armed? Aren’t these dangerous animals?
The simple answer is yes, they are dangerous. But they have something that's more important- a way of life, a code of conduct. Sitting out there in that jungle surrounded by those "dangerous" animals, without a protective barrier or a weapon, I felt a lot safer than I feel in big cities, among people. I was sure that if I paid them respect and didn't threaten or disturb them, I will get same respect in return along with a thrilling experiece. I wish we could say the same about our interactions with other humans.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Growing up in a city I never experienced nature and its impact on our physical and mental health. It was not until a decade back I realized the true essence of nature. Since then it has been hard to ignore the calling.
I am a tiny insignificant individual living and working in a big city. I am tiny compared to the grandeur of nature. But unlike city noises, nature doesn't bury my inner voice. Unlike city air, the forest air doesn't leave me breathless. All the luxury in my city apartment doesn't give me that feeling of home and I still long for the feeling of fresh dewdrops in my bare feet in the morning. Walking in nature the whole day, exhausted, I still feel at peace...my stress just melting away.
When have my material possessions given me so much serenity? Even lost in a jungle, I am never truly lost, but I find my way back to myself. And now it pains me to see my sanctuary, my home being further and further away from me every passing day!!
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
We are yet to find another planet which has livable conditions. When you think about it, what were the chances of having all the perfect conditions to actually have our planet born? Very very miniscule. No wonder we believe in God, for this is a miracle, of greatest proportions. But then I wonder, seeing the destruction we caused to His creation, is God so disappointed in us that he stopped at the Earth only and decided to leave other planets alone, in their own world.
Monday, 13 May 2019
We go to these jungles to see big cats. But if we stop for a while and look around, there is beauty everywhere. Someone has sparkly eyes, someone else has elaborately designed antlers. Someone adds a blast of color standing out from everyone else while someone camouflages itself so well that we can't see them. Some have softest skin while some have tough exterior. This beauty is so pure, innocent and divine that when it goes unnoticed, its entirely the beholder's loss...
Sunday, 12 May 2019
Story of a single mother !!
She is young, beautiful with more suitors than she can count. But no, her time is devoted to those tiny bundles of joy back at home. She has to provide for them, take care of them and make sure to keep them safe from all the earthly dangers lurking about. She has to teach them their way around the world and become independent. Until then she has no time, not even for herself. Only sometimes, once in a while, just for a second....she needs to sit and relax, only to get up rejuvinated, prepared to conquer the world for her kids...
This is her story....the young beautiful Spotty. The queen of Bandhavgarh! But may not be hers alone...it's the story of every single mother in the world!!
P.S: It breaks my heart that even after so much dedication and sacrifice, Spotty could not save any cubs from this litter
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