“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””

“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”

‘Live like you have a hundred years more to go: B.F. Chhapgar’.

As I walk into Cusrow Baug, ripples of sound from a piano, a guitar and a clock’s chimes all float through the air over the parked vintage cars and bikes. Old couples stand in their balconies, staring into infinity in the quiet, cloudy afternoon. I am here to meet the man who encouraged me toContinue reading “‘Live like you have a hundred years more to go: B.F. Chhapgar’.”

A THOUSAND LEOPARDS IN THE SEA…

RUCHA KARKAREY AND VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in The Hindu School Can you imagine seeing a thousand leopards in a forest patch, the size of a football field? As you make your way through the forest thicket, you are elated when you see your first leopard, peering down at you from the branches. YouContinue reading “A THOUSAND LEOPARDS IN THE SEA…”

A Glimmer of Hope for Dugong Conservation in India

VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in Down to Earth http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/no-mermaid-fairytale ‘A loud oooooph was heard as the giant surfaced, the sound loud enough to capture the attention of people sprawled across the shoreline. All eyes on the shore gazed in the direction of the gushing sound. They saw a ‘mermaid-shaped body’ gently skimming the surface of theContinue reading “A Glimmer of Hope for Dugong Conservation in India”

On Getting lost

A tourist wanting to visit Harihareshwar in Konkan asked me, “Excuse me, can you please tell us where Harihareshwar is?” I said, “Well, take the1st right, then the 2nd  left and then head straight.” The tourist said, “Thank you.” I nodded, the tourist vehicle drove off in one direction and I in the other. AfterContinue reading “On Getting lost”