Musings on Madras Museum

I visited the Zoology section of Madras Government Museum in 2014 and found that it to be an interesting place. As a wildlife biologist, I found the Natural history section very interesting as well as important for education and scientific reasons. Several collections displayed in this section are of historical importance, such as the rare […]

Nature in Music

We asked our staff for their favourite songs that evoke memories and feelings, merry and melancholy, of the natural world—ones that celebrate its beauty and wonder, and ones that lament about the environmental crises we’re grappling with today. And here are some of their suggestions. Do you have favourite tunes that moan about or celebrate nature? We’d love […]

Watching the wasp

It was late in the morning on the bank of the river Cauvery. Eight of us friends were walking along the tree-lined bank and watching birds in that strip of riverine forest filled with Terminalia arjuna trees. Suddenly someone screamed. Hey look at this! We all huddled together and looked where the finger was pointed. […]

River reverie

On the occasion of World Rivers Day, re-posting an article that appeared earlier in The Hindu Sunday Magazine. This article was based on experiences along the rivers of the Western Ghats. The rivers and streams of the Western Ghats are recognised as a globally important eco-region, and are the lifelines of Peninsular India. The river […]

Thank you and setting the record straight

The recent Whitley Fund for Nature Award has brought support and attention to our work in Arunachal Pradesh, for which I have felt grateful, as it will help scale-up our current work. It also came with a fair amount of media attention, celebrating this recognition, which I appreciate. At the same time, as it often […]

Curd or chatni, Sir!

If you are near the NCF office in Mysore, Seetharam Shetty is the man to look out for. He is famous in the area, not by name but by what he has to offer. For one, he serves inexpensive, hygienic, clean and tasty food. Secondly, when this affable fifty-five year old serves food, he offers […]

Hornbills: Farmers of our forests

In April this year, The Hindu launched an exclusive schools edition. NCF has a weekly column each Wednesday in this paper, on wildlife, nature, conservation and other things directly or indirectly related to these. Twice a week on this blog, we’ll post the pieces that have appeared in the column. By Aparajita Datta Hornbills are […]

Staying legal, staying reasonable

“How many of you listen to music?” All twenty hands in the room went up. “How many of you share music with your friends?” Again, the twenty hands in the room went up. “And how many of you know that sharing music is a violation of the copyright law?” All hands stayed up. “Then, why […]

Over one hundred years of solitude

In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Márquez pens an interesting story that unfolds in a mythical place known as Macondo, somewhere between the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. It is the saga of a family trapped in solitude, both in time and space, and a wonderful account of their adventures and misadventures. Much before this […]