“What not to do in the field”: A how-not-to guide to field biology

Nitya Prakash Mohanty is a wildlife researcher working on the Andaman Islands, in the Bay of Bengal. His ongoing PhD study examines the Indian bullfrog’s recent introduction and subsequent invasion on the archipelago, far from the frog’s natural home on the Indian mainland. Nitya regularly writes articles in forums outside academia, to share fascinating storiesContinue reading ““What not to do in the field”: A how-not-to guide to field biology”

An Island life for me

Part writer. Part mermaid. Sitara is always on the lookout for portals to other worlds where all the fun stuff like magic and dragons exist. This is her account of an island life. Guest post by Sitara Hussain.  Ever since I can remember, living on an island has been a distant dream. Something to fantasiseContinue reading “An Island life for me”

Delhi by Winter

VARDHAN PATANKAR You were told there would be tall buildings, short buildings, houses and bizarre structures of architects. You were told to travel by sterile metro railways that are built to guide your feet and where people follow the rules. You were told to wear a mask on the road, as the polluted air wouldContinue reading “Delhi by Winter”

The back kick

VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in Royal Enfield Trip Newsletter A few years ago, my girlfriend and I broke up. In order to displace my emotional turbulence, I took up biking. In that alternative ‘on the road’ state, I found freedom and tranquillity, mixed with excitement and the stimulation of discovery. In a way, itContinue reading “The back kick”

Florid magnificence of the lost city

VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in the Indian review: http://indianreview.in/florid-magnificence-lost-city-vardhan-patankar/ From far away, the large sculpture looks alluring—a fine carving, ancient stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana, of defeat and victory—but as I approach it seems to shape-shift. Almost all sculptures exhibit three-dimensional figures. With thousands of figures, miniatures to as large as mountains, they serveContinue reading “Florid magnificence of the lost city”

Image-ning

————————————————————————————————————————————————— I imagine all sorts of things when I see this image – in original. And what confounds me is that I always think that this picture is the reality— bits and pieces of something frozen  in time.  I see things in it. And every time what I see is different from the previous one.Continue reading “Image-ning”