July 2019

Birds of Similar Flock

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark and Paddyfield Pipit are generally found together

They defeated their Physical Disability

Here are some great players from the cricketing world who did great despite their physical disabilities. They defeated their disabilities with determination. Cricketers who defeated their disabilities. Tony Grieg: Epilepsy afflicted this great all-rounder at the age of 12 due to an accident. Jonty Rhodes: From South Africa had mild epilepsy as a kid. Shoaib Akhtar: Called the Rawalpindi Express, he was the fast bowler from Pakistan. He has Flat feet and hyperextension in joints causing swelling in knees. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi: Indian Captain lost his eye in a car accident at 20 years. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar: Chandrasekhar was an… Read More »They defeated their Physical Disability

Elements necessary for humans

At present there are 118 elements listed in the periodic table. Some of these elements are commonly found on the earth in the form of ores. Some are radioactive and have very short half lives. Many such elements have been synthesized in the laboratory and live for a very short time. Human body like other things existing is made of compounds which are made from the elements. Out of these 118 only some elements are connected with the human body. Although elements as such don’t make up the body it is the combined form that is molecules constitute the human… Read More »Elements necessary for humans

Jacobin Cuckoo

Call it Jacobin Cuckoo or Pied Cuckoo or Pied Crested Cuckoo, it is a summer visitor to Indian subcontinent. It comes here all the way from Africa. The bird is called harbinger of rains because timing of its coming here is just few weeks prior to the arrival of monsoon in India. Monsoons bring a relief from the sweltering heat in the Indian states. Parched earth is rejuvenated with torrents of water from rains. Thus this bird is a welcome sign here. It is aptly called Rain Bird also. It is generally confused with Papiha which in reality is brain… Read More »Jacobin Cuckoo

Savanna nightjar

Savanna Nightjar (Caprimulgus affinis) is a bird which is found in South East India. I was moving about in Ghaggar River in Panchkula. It was in the June month, scorching heat and dry. Bed of the river is almost dry- full of sand and pebbles. As I was descending a raised bank through the pebbles, three of them flew just from my feet. They are master of camouflage. It is very difficult to spot them. They just merge with the background. They caught you unawares and suddenly fly away. You have to keep watching them where they land. It is… Read More »Savanna nightjar