Anamalai doodles

Have never sketched. Did not think I could. High school drawing class was misery and perhaps played no insignificant part in this. Year-end slow-down unrelated to COVID-19 helped bring some pause to an otherwise tumultuous year. Two doodles from the hills. View of estate-rainforest mosaic from the porch A wannabe Great Hornbill

BUCEROS: A time to review the BNHS ENVIS newsletter

Lovely images and production quality of the BUCEROS magazine/newsletter produced by the BNHS ENVIS team In the recently arrived Vol. 22 No. 2 (2017) for instance several pages are reproductions of articles (well selected ones) that seem to have appeared in The Times of India I glance at the two volumes of BUCEROS that arrived…… Continue reading BUCEROS: A time to review the BNHS ENVIS newsletter

What is it like to be a bird?

Can we ever know what it is like to be a bird? As poetic as the question may appear to be, it’s fascinating how the question has captured the attention of a bunch of  scientists, artists and other professionals ranging from neurosurgeons, ecologists, physiologists to bird illustrators and medieval travellers. The fascination with bird flight is…… Continue reading What is it like to be a bird?

Birds of BR Hills

If you came for the checklist of birds of BR Hills, directly scroll to end of this post.   My journey with the Biligirirangaswamy temple hills (BR Hills) is an old one. It was during my medical school days, nearly 15 years back that I first went to the hills on a then trendy Yamaha RX 100…… Continue reading Birds of BR Hills

Table mountain

It was a wonderful and sunny October morning after an overwhelmingly busy week-long discussions over complexity of health systems and researchers’ collective aspiration for a people-centred health system held at a venue largely unrepresentative of the rest of South Africa, when a small group of us decided to trek up the Table Mountain (Tafelburg in…… Continue reading Table mountain