A Rose by any other name…
26 / Sep / 2012
Photographed by Sanket Reddy

For centuries, a rose has not just been a flower, but also a gallant substitute for words: the term sub-rosa (literally ‘under the rose’) means there’s more to the message than seems evident at first glance. When we receive red roses, we know someone loves us, and when we get a yellow bunch, we know […]

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Crimson Rose, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 12 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 »

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 »

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