To hell with good intentions

“When animals stray into human habitat, they call it conflict. When humans encroach wildlife areas, it supposedly becomes co-existence…” remarked Shekar in a tone that barely hid his anger and frustration stemming from years of fighting the uphill battle for wildlife preservation. A wildlife and conservation film-maker by profession, Shekar moved away from making televisionContinue reading “To hell with good intentions”

Starting small

Nature education doesn’t always have to entail long treks, or visits to supposedly pristine ‘natural’ areas. If we accept that we are part of the larger ecosystem, Nature is observing us, rather than the other way round. We can only reciprocate through guiding our senses to observe, appreciate and love the dynamic connections teeming withContinue reading “Starting small”

For the love of the earth

Though my ears were still ringing as I got off the patent rickety state transport bus of Maharashtra, it didn’t miss the crackle of dry leaves carpeting the dirt road. I have grown up amidst the crowded lanes of Delhi, and as a result was the typical urban millennial until a series of experiences convincedContinue reading “For the love of the earth”

The journey of re-enchantment

Bael?” My ears pricked up when I heard the word, my thoughts flooding with memories of Dadu cracking open the fruit, and removing the orange fibrous pulp to make a delicious drink later. It had been years since I had tasted the fruit, but somewhere, the memory had been patiently waiting for me to reliveContinue reading “The journey of re-enchantment”

Anatomy of a climb

I am a reluctant academic. The intellectual games of linguistic reasoning don’t excite me, even as I am forced to learn the rules of the game to critique it. So, it is hardly surprising that my interests gravitate towards theories of embodied cognition that have been arguing for the rightful place of the body as constitutive inContinue reading “Anatomy of a climb”