“Barking dogs, seldom bite”

If you are a cyclist or a jogger, then getting chased by dogs is something you can’t avoid. I have been chased by dogs frequently. After a few narrow escapes, I have faced them with dignity and have now mastered the art of handling vicious dogs. Here are nine ways of tackling dogs when chased:Continue reading ““Barking dogs, seldom bite””

Thoughts on visiting Bangaram island to attend ‘STAPCOR’

The sea was exceptionally calm and the early morning sun was shining in the horizon attempting to absorb deep blue water. The boat chummed at a steady speed and half an hour later, we entered the lagoon of Bangaram and Tinnakara islands, a part of the Lakshadweep archipelago, quintessential postcard-perfect islands which are as unreal as our dreams.Continue reading “Thoughts on visiting Bangaram island to attend ‘STAPCOR’”

Capturing the Eye of a Crocodile Fish

“Beauty lies in the beholder’s eyes. Behold these eyes and thou shall recognise, The crystalline lattices of constellations to adore, Mirrored in the eyes of the piscivore.” The shallow sea flattens. Slowly, you descend and in the hustle-bustle of the reef, you cruise, weightless and neutrally buoyant. Thousands of fish move in and out ofContinue reading “Capturing the Eye of a Crocodile Fish”

The Bay Island Lizard: My Work Companions

I sleep in a comfortable machan style cottage, with a tin roof overhead and wooden chatai windows and walls that open on all sides. A dozen or so areca nut trees, a few bamboo groves and various native trees surround my cottage, giving me an excellent opportunity to observe my surroundings without any obstruction. ThoughContinue reading “The Bay Island Lizard: My Work Companions”

Jewels of the seabed

Edited version: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/jewels-of-the-seabed/article7758383.ece If you dive deep into the oceans, you could be treated to a view of colourful sea slugs. While you admire the patterns and hues, be informed – the colours are their armours. Enchanting to anyone who dives beneath the ocean’s surface, colourful sea slugs are a diverse group of marine animals thatContinue reading “Jewels of the seabed”

How I wish I was a fish!

Wouldn’t you love to be a fish – gorgeously coloured and interestingly shaped, spending your life jumping from one coral to another…just like a hawkfish? With a wonderfully apt name, these patient stalkers of prey behave like hawks. They rest and wait for that opportune moment when they can dash out to grab their meal.Continue reading “How I wish I was a fish!”