Oil palm expansion in forest and traditional agricultural lands, Mizoram

The march of the triffids

“In temperate countries, where man had succeeded in putting most forms of nature save his own under a reasonable degree of restraint, the status of the triffid was thus made quite clear. But in the tropics, particularly in the dense forest areas, they quickly became a scourge.” —John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids In […]

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Shekru sees a blazing issue

by Geetha Ramaswami Shekru the giant squirrel sees a massive plume of smoke rising from the far side of the forest. He can sense waves of smaller creatures living in the soil fleeing impending doom… Shekru is very content hanging upside down from a teak tree branch, decimating his loot of newly procured seeds, his […]

The barley fields in the beautiful village of Kibber in Spiti valley.

It never rains in Spiti

3rd – 10th September 1995 The bus was hurtling its way down the rain and hail-washed mud road near the Kunzam pass when I realized that it was actually snowing lightly. Sitting cosily ensconced in the relative comfort of the Himachal State Transport Roadways bus, I felt a great thrill watching the lightly falling snow […]

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Plant invaders: Q&A with Geetha Ramaswami

  Geetha Ramaswami is a Research Associate at NCF, and is particularly interested in invasive plants—especially how they affect and get affected by the ecosystem they invade.   What are introduced species? What are native species? Well, over many millennia, different species have evolved to live in different kinds of environments. They may not have […]

Colours of a Catastrophe

by Shreya Yadav   I am swimming in the unusually warm waters of Kalpeni in the Lakshadweep, overwhelmed by the bizarre colours of this catastrophe. Muted pastel shades have turned violently psychedelic. A branching colony of brown Pocillopora is now lavender, sky-blue fingers of Acropora a radiant white, grey sheets of Montipora fluoresce green and […]

एक फोटो खीछो

In Hindi by Swati Sidhu अंकल, कहाँ से आ रहे हो ? ऊपर उस पहाड़ के टॉप से l मतलब कहाँ से हो ? चेन्नई से l झूठ बोल रहे हो ? (हँसके) अरे नहीं तो l मेरे पीछे मेरे दोस्त आ रहे हैं, उनसे पूछ लो l यहाँ क्यूँ आए हो ? पक्षी देखने […]

Take our photo

“Uncle where are you coming from?” “From top of that mountain” “No, where are you from?” “From Chennai” “You are a lying” (giggling) “No I am not lying, ask my friends coming behind me” “Why you have come here?” “To watch birds” “What is that?” “It’s a camera” “Take our photo” (giggling) Read this in […]

Why Mizoram must revive, not eradicate, jhum

There is something extraordinary about the cheraw (bamboo dance) performed during Chapchar Kut. The dance is unique, elegant, and spectacular, but it carries a deeper connection to the land and lives of the people, particularly to the remarkable practice of shifting agriculture (or jhum) which subtly encapsulates the dance of the bamboos themselves on the […]