The land is parched and brown, pitted like a piece of stale cheese. Withering yellow leaves droop mournfully towards this ground. The grass is a tangle of wiry strings much like a ball of twin fallen and unwound. Signs of life stirring in the microscopic vision reveal themselves to be the industrious ants tirelessly trudging […]
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has suddenly woken up from its long hibernation and announced a BLANKET ban on plastic carry bags last month. Keeping in tune with our 21st century pragmatism, this initiative was promptly attacked citing the no doubt valid excuse that the livelihood of 5 lakh people employed in the various […]
Yesterday was World Environment Day. Another one goes by. Are we better off than last year? Has the awareness translated into positive action and the action into tangible gains? Even small success stories should be celebrated and publicized to motivate people and gain momentum. For this tunnel is dark and very long, but if we […]
What would anyone do with a hundred and eighty five acres of land in Begumpet, the heart of Hyderabad? Considering the malls that have come up around it – Shoppers Stop, Pantaloons, Lifestyle and the like, one would not really point fingers if real estate developers got their hands on to at least some of […]
I have been on an average visiting at least one national park or wildlife sanctuary in India every year for the past two decades. This summer we had the opportunity to visit four different National Parks in the USA, each one differing from the other in terrain, climate, flora and fauna.
This summer, we took our family vacation in the southern part of Karnataka, a region famed for the biodiversity of the western ghats and of course the world renowned national parks at Bandipur and Nagarhole.
Yesterday the first pre-monsoon showers hit us. The temperature dropped a whopping 10 deg C in a single day. We had the air cooler on till the previous night. Yesterday night, we had to reduce the speed of our ceiling fan. What a contrast!. As the hottest summer in the past 5 years came to an end, I felt the need to pen my observations and thoughts.
Good evening my friends, enemies and other most dangerous creatures that includes the indifferent people of the Living Planet. Before I am carried into the dusk on the bed of my yellow and green painted coffin, I wanted to reach out to you all and share my life’s experiences and wisdoms. My autobiography so to speak.
June. The transition month. Gusts of wind invade the still and sweltering sauna heat of May. Little candy tufts of white cloud scurry across deep blue skies increasingly painted over by a dull grey as the days go by. Dry heat gives way to wet warmth. As the winds of change blow in from the south west, the first sprinkling of cool, cool water soaks the ground and wafts in the earthy smell of fresh mud.
Central Park, New York. Stanley Park, Vancouver. Hyde Park, London. KBR Park, Hyderabad. Hyderabad?. The reader may be a little nonplussed here. What is this park in Hyderabad and how does it figure with the three best urban parks in the world!