April 2010

Downfall of Tharoor

In 1991, I was posted to Bombay on my transfer from Silchar Assam. There was apprehension in my mind how I will cope up with the environment of most advanced city and financial capital of India after living in such a nondescript place as Silchar located in the border area adjoining Bangladesh. In fact, it is almost inaccessible all the times from rest of India. We belong to Chandigarh in North India and reaching the place was an tasking job. First go to Delhi, proceed by train to Calcutta. By the time we reached Calcutta, flights to North East already… Read More »Downfall of Tharoor

Not only Men

“The Bird Detective” is a book written by Bridget Stutchbury, a biologist in Canada. The book, it is claimed, has been written after extensive research and reveals many startling facts about the habits of birds especially songbirds. Evidence exists already that females of some birds cheat on their partners. This was confirmed by DNA fingerprinting of birds and their chicks to ascertain the fatherhood. There is a reference to this in the chapter “DNA fingerprinting” in the book “The Magic Universe” by Nigel Calder. This books dispels many myths about the birds behavior. The belief that birds pair up for… Read More »Not only Men

Buddhist Caves at Karle

Karla, Karle or Karli as it is known by different names is a small village just beyond Lonavala on the Bombay Poona Road. The village is also known as Vihar Gaon. The village sits in the lap of hills and is famous for Buddhist caves. You have to walk a steep path leading to the caves and it leaves you panting and gasping for breath. But experience in the Caves just offsets this laborious walk. There are many caves bigger and smaller ones. Biggest resembles inside of a church consisting of nave and side aisles. Under the semi-dome is dogaba… Read More »Buddhist Caves at Karle

Sinister Side of the Monkey’s Nature

A few days, I mentioned about the monkey who is always found clinging to a bitch and her puppies. All this seems strange and scary in itself. In theĀ  casual manner, one thinks sympathetically. He has been left alone, with other of his family members gone. He has been left to fend for him. When this happened, he was very small himself and was bitten by dogsĀ  but he survived somehow. Now he is grown up. He is very clever. He has made the bitch and her children captives. If you see the pups, they are in very bad health… Read More »Sinister Side of the Monkey’s Nature