• Birds,  Nature

    Indian silverbills or white-throated munias

    Quite often these drab-looking tiny birds are overlooked in favour of their more colourful counterparts. The Indian silverbills are one such species which though ubiquitous, are often ignored. They usually forage in groups and are very gregarious.…

  • Animals,  Fauna,  Nature

    The Langurs of Sevagram

    Sevagram is synonymous with Mahatma Gandhi. He spent a large part of his life here during India’s freedom struggle. And one of his prized possessions was a tiny figurine of three wise monkeys who embodied the principles…

  • Birds,  Fauna,  Nature

    Neelkanth: The Indian Roller Bird

    This is one bird which you will commonly find perched on wires along roadsides. The Indian roller bird or the Neelkanth. As children whenever we had our trips to Nagpur, one of our common pastimes used to be counting…

  • Animals,  Fauna,  Nature

    Rikki Tikki Tavi in my garden!

    Hey I spotted Kipling’s Rikki Tikki Tavi with his entire family in my garden! I didn’t know that this mongoose family (mongooses? mongeese?!) likes taking a morning walk on the boundary wall! But what a gorgeous fur coat the…

  • Birds,  Musings,  Nature

    A divine morning

    Some mornings are divine. You wake up to the find out that the rain gods decided to work overtime during the night. The whole world has been washed clean and the leaves are glistening green. The air…

  • Birds,  Fauna,  Nature

    The spot-billed pelican: Calm swimmer

    It was so calming to spend several minutes watching this spot-billed pelican swim away at Kaziranga National Park. Pelicans are known for their distinctive beak and throat pouch, which they use to scoop and store fish. I’m reminded of…

  • Animals,  Fauna,  Nature

    A viper in my garden!

    Ah! The daily excitement of living in a place like Sevagram! A Russell’s viper appears in our garden. Thanks to ‘Sarpamitra’ Jeetendra for catching it and releasing it into the wild. Russell’s vipers are one of the most venomous species of…