The Day of the Jackal
29 / Aug / 2012
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Bibliophiles and cinema buffs have long known ‘The Jackal’ as a furtive killer whose presence is felt only after he’s gone, leaving in his wake, a dead body or two (the real Jackal, though, doesn’t believe in leaving dead bodies behind, as we shall see). One doesn’t know if, Carlos the Jackal, the most famously […]

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Jackal, Coorg | Posted in Mammals | 13 Comments »

The Hayabusa Ver 1.0!
8 / Aug / 2012
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

For all you bike aficionados, we don’t have to spell it out. The iconic Hayabusa is quite simply, the top dog in the superbike speed stakes. While the Busa has been around (ok, ok…we agree that at 200 mph, it doesn’t just sit ‘around’) since 1999, the original version has been racing for a small […]

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Peregrine Falcon, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 7 Comments »

Beware of Pickpockets!
25 / Jul / 2012
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Remember those mug shots at police stations and public gatherings, warning us to watch out for malcontents? Remember how each portrait oozed criminal intent, and made you clutch your wallet as a reflex action and look closer at your neighbor? The mug shots at Kabini, however, feature a rather distinguished visage that bespeaks an impeccable […]

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Brahminy Kite,Kabini | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

The Sky Diver of Kabini!
11 / Jul / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

He’s a bird. But someone forgot to tell him that. For, the Little Grebe prefers to cruise well below where other birds of a feather flock together. A strong swimmer who’s much happier wetting his beak during his daily laps of the Kabini, one suspects that he often forgets he can fly. To prove this […]

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Little Grebe, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 20 Comments »

The Next Big Bollywood Musician!
27 / Jun / 2012
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

We all know what it took some of our reigning deities to arrive on the Bollywood music scene: a little talent, and the not-so-little ability to be ‘inspired’ by others’ compositions. I mean, how many times have we seen narcissistic composers lapping up all the credit for a hit song without even batting a false […]

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Oriental Magpie-Robin, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 4 Comments »

A Picture is Worth 5000 Years!
13 / Jun / 2012
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

It’s a bond that has endured over 5000 years, through epochal moments in history and eras of relative calm that lay between the seismic cultural faults that defined human civilization. In fact, Eric Scigliano, in his iconic tome on the ‘man-animal’ bond, has propounded the theory that elephants may have been ‘nursemaids’ to human evolution, […]

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Man and Elephant, Kabini | Posted in Culture, Mammals | 14 Comments »

Sirsasana Ver 2.0!
23 / May / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

What do you call someone who hangs around upside down, and prefers to descend a tree, head first? Is this another transcendental yogi, or just someone ripe for the local loony bin? Consider also, that this is someone who keeps urging you to ‘sit, sit, sit’, and then tweets a ‘chip, chip, chip’, and you […]

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Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Coorg | Posted in Birds | 13 Comments »

First You Have to Row a Little Boat…
2 / May / 2012
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

Long before Richard Bode’s bestseller on life’s little lessons, the boatmen of Kabini had learnt the selfsame ‘art of living’ in their little floating classroom: the Coracle! Living, as they did, on the banks of the Kabini, the Coracle was their friend, philosopher and guide: a constant companion as they went about the business of […]

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Coracle, Kabini | Posted in Culture | 6 Comments »

The Dark Knight of Kabini!
18 / Apr / 2012
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

If you were to call someone a ‘Drongo’ on a visit to Australia, be prepared to either show a clean pair of heels or to settle it outside, man to man. For, down under, the term is used to refer to someone who’s a stupid no-hoper. The slang originates from a famous racehorse of that […]

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Black Drongo, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 1 Comment »

No Red-eye Correction!
4 / Apr / 2012
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

For a photo-essay that celebrates the finest in nature photography, the viewers may be forgiven for wondering how we allowed this image to pass without that most basic of photo editing techniques: red-eye correction! They could also be forgiven for wondering if the Editor had a bad case of ‘red eye’ syndrome after a late […]

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Black-shouldered Kite, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 9 Comments »

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