Penguins of Tibet

Working to conserve snow leopards is a fascinating job. You get to work out of places most can only imagine. But you can also go through years, sometimes decades, of work, before seeing the elusive animal you are trying to protect. And then, suddenly some day, you get more than what you bargained for. That […]

Death on the highway

This article was published in The Hindu Survey of the Environment 2009 (pages 113 – 118) without the supporting footnotes. The original article with footnotes and photographs is reproduced here. Crunch! Splat! Thud! A daily massacre is occurring under the wheels of our vehicles. Thousands of lives are snuffed out tragically, instantaneously, and yet, we hardly […]

The mysteries of the Lingti valley

Lingti is a little known valley in eastern Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is bound from all sides by high Himalayan peaks and ridges. To the north is the massive Gya peak (6794m); the highest in Himachal Pradesh. Gya Peak is at the tri-junction of Ladakh, Tibet and Spiti. From Lingti valley, towards North-east […]