Gowa of Ladakh!

The vast, deep blue sky stretches as far as my eyes can see; so does the infinite, rolling landscape dotted with herbs and other small plants. There is no movement anywhere, not even a shadow of a being in this part of the Himalayas. I stand in awe and admiration of this gift of nature […]

Crows, but not quite…

I saw these crows for the first time in the Himalayan mountains above Manali, almost 20 years ago. Even back then, they seemed interesting. But, it was only much later, when I came to work in the valley of Spiti in Himachal Pradesh that my liking for them turned into a deep happy relationship. They […]

The sheep that isn’t

One often hears the phrase ‘What’s in a name?’. For the Blue sheep of the Himalayas, the question is particularly apt! It is neither blue, nor a true sheep and despite having a common name Bharal (in Hindi), it’s called Blue sheep! Its scientific name Pseudois nayaur ( Pseudois = false sheep) also conveys this […]

The Lion’s Share…

The forest is enveloped in an eerie silence…deep within this void lurks suspense, one that keeps you aware and alert. A thick, luxuriant carpet of dry teak leaves adorns the forest floor – a challenge for those who wish to walk quietly, it is a treat for the eyes of the admirers of beauty – in […]