And the ‘Best Actor Award’ Goes To…
12 / Jun / 2014
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…” Churchill’s famous words may well have been said of the Checkered Keelback at the Oscars presentation ceremony, for this serpent is the ultimate thespian, playing multiple roles with effortless ease. Like the best ‘method actors’, Mr. Keelback must have studied his objects of inspiration intensely so […]

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Checkered Keelback, Coorg | Posted in Reptiles | 6 Comments »

Behold, He Walks on Water!
5 / Mar / 2014
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

For some it has always been a miracle; an act of faith. For others, it has merely been an act of science, albeit awe-inspiring. For centuries, this vision of someone actually treading water has become commonplace in Coorg, yet familiarity hasn’t bred contempt. Those who’ve watched it a thousand times will still stop and wonder […]

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Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 12 Comments »

The grass is greener on the other bank
31 / Oct / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

We’ve all known those perennially unsatisfied people who complain about everything, reminding us of the saying, ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’. In Coorg however, the saying takes on quite a literal perspective. Here, in the mystic hills, lives a bird that has given rise to many legends – the Greater Coucal, […]

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Greater Coucal, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 1 Comment »

Woman on Top!
3 / Jul / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

If some of our male readers had the chance to become someone else and live that person’s life, we wouldn’t be surprised if they chose to bypass obvious culprits like ‘the world’s richest man’, and instead chose an Arab sheikh or emir with a harem of wives at his beck and call. Now if we […]

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Bronze-winged Jacana, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 10 Comments »

History Channel
18 / Apr / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

There are paintings and sculptures on the one hand, and books and poems on the other, that have captured the epochal moments of recorded history or mythology and rendered them into timeless epics. Throughout the age of man, the records of our times have been kept on stone tablets, rock faces, papyrus, parchment and the […]

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Passion Flower, Coorg | Posted in Flora | 11 Comments »

Tea for Two @ Coorg!
3 / Apr / 2013
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

We’ve all heard of the legendary hospitality of Coorg, and how the denizens readily share their table and cellar with any chance visitor. So, it won’t come as a complete surprise if you’re accosted in the woods with a whistled invitation to ‘tea for two’ even if, normally, coffee is the cup that cheers in […]

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Pied Bush Chat, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

The Femme Fatale of Coorg!
24 / Jan / 2013
Photographed by Jose Ramapuram

While the women of Coorg have long been lauded for their beauty and grace, there’s one local lass whose petite visage disguises a fiery personality. Meet Kanthari, or the ‘dangerous lady’, whose writ runs across the hills and dales of Coorg, and makes even grown men quail. One of the spiciest chillies in the world, […]

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Bird's eye chilli, Coorg | Posted in Plantation | 6 Comments »

Home Tailoring In Coorg!
10 / Jan / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

Tailors stitch clothes. Or that’s what we’ve always believed. In Coorg, however, they sew, rivet and stitch ready-to-occupy homes. There is an entire community of seamstresses in this neck of the woods, who give ‘tailor-made’ homes a whole new meaning, creating plush, bespoke dwellings that are a far cry from the assembly line apartments that […]

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Common Tailorbird, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 5 Comments »

Cackler on the Roof!
10 / Oct / 2012
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

If you’re humming to yourself, strolling through the coffee-scented backwoods of Coorg, and hear a maniacal laugh followed by some hysterical cackling, please don’t put your musical ambitions on hold. Far from being a reaction to your ability to hold a tune, it may just be the local busybody wagging his rather large nose in […]

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Malabar Grey Hornbill, Coorg | Posted in Birds | No Comments »

The great British naturalist, George Montagu, gave it his name. Can you give it a title?
12 / Sep / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

War movie buffs and air force acolytes who know their Falcons from their Nighthawks will always have a soft spot for the Harrier. In today’s world of muscular, supersonic stealth fighters, the Harrier is a gracious throwback to the age of subsonic flight. Developed as a jump-jet capable of vertical take-offs, and able to operate […]

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Montagu's Harrier, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 206 Comments »

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