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Flamingoes in Mumbai – December 2009

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After the monsoons, Flamingoes – the lesser and the greater ones – and a lot of other migratory birds come to the coastal mudflats of India from the North.They feed on the mudflats during the next five or six months Read more ›

Travel India Saving the Mangroves of Mumbai

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Once upon a time, Bombay (Mumbai) had vast areas of mangrove forests. Over the years, most of these  were cut down. And the Maharashtra Government and its impotent officials remained mute spectators. Bombay High Court to the rescue In India, Read more ›

Travel India Flamingoes of Mumbai

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                                   When I was about 9 or 10 years old (well,                                                           that was a good five and a half decades ago), I first read about the Flamingo in Lewis Carroll’s wonderful book – Alice in Wonderland. So strange Read more ›

Travel India Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary

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the largest mass nesting site of Olive Ridley turtle in the world Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is the only marine sanctuary in Orissa (Eastern India). This Sanctuary is extremely important because it is the largest mass nesting site of the Olive Read more ›

Travel India Point Calimere

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      Unique Wildlife Sanctuary According to the Ramayana, Lord Ram himself stood at this point and carried out reconnaissance of Ravana’s kingdom in Sri Lanka just 48 kms. away. A stone slab at Ramarpatham (meaning Rama’s feet), the highest point Read more ›

Travel India Chidambaram

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Unique Temple of the Formless Shiva I have visited Chidambaram several times for three reasons. · To meander through the Mangrove Forests of Pichavaram to the beach beyond. · To visit, attend or give lectures at the Annamalai University. · Read more ›

Travel India Sunderban – Journey to nowhere

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  Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger Largest Delta in the World The two great rivers, Ganges 2,510 km. (1,560 miles) and Brahmaputra 2,900 km. (1,800 miles), are born in the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. On the last lap Read more ›