Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where is the world going?

When I picked up today’s newspaper, it did not say anything unusual, it was pretty much in line with what I read almost every day…killings, rapes, starvation, poverty, global warming,….

From TOI Kolkata, Dec 10, 2017

Some of the news that we come across may cause us a momentary disturbance, unhappiness, and may even cause some of us to squirm… but we forget about the news as soon as put down the paper, and move on with our lives...

By now we seem to have grown a thick skin, and nothing seems to matter as long as we think it does not impact us.

Does it truly not impact us? Can we progress without considering the needs of everyone around us?

And where are we moving? Are we moving forward, or backward? Should we call ourselves a civilised society or a primitive one?

Should we call ourselves advanced just because we have made some technological advancements? What about advancement of humanity?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka

Tufted Gray Langurs Sri Lanka
In continuation to my earlier post on the Birds of Sri Lanka, this post has pictures of Monkeys of Sri Lanka.

There are some species of monkeys that are endemic to Sri Lanka. The Purple-faced Langur (also known as the purple-faced leaf monkey), and the Toque Macaque are endemic to Sri Lanka, and was spotted by Soma.

She also spotted the Tufted Gray Langur, also known as Madras Gray Langur. They are not endemic to Sri Lanka, and are found in South-East India and Sri Lanka.
Purple-faced leaf monkey Sri Lanka
Purple-faced leaf monkey

Toque Macaque Sri Lanka
Toque Macaques

Tufted Gray Langur

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Beautiful birds of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Junglefowl-National Bird of Sri Lanka
I am going to take a break between posting popular durga puja pandals...and share birds of Sri Lanka in this post. These are beautiful birds and even more exciting because many of the birds found in Sri Lanka are endemic, and not found anywhere else.

Out of a total of 482 birds in Sri Lanka, 34 are endemic species and are typically found in forest reserves such as Sinharaja NP, Kitulgala rain forest, etc.

For bird watchers Sri Lanka is an exciting destination because of the possibility of sighting endemic birds. During her recent trip Soma Jha sighted a number of birds, out of which a few are endemic to Sri Lanka. These pictures have been taken by her.
Brown-capped babbler
Chestnut-backed owlet

Layard's parakeet
Orange-billed babbler

Red-backed flameback
Red-faced Malkoha

Sri Lanka  Scimitar babbler
Sri Lanka blue Magpie

Sri Lanka white-eye
Sri Lanka wood pigeon

Yellow-eared Bulbul
In my next post I will share pictures of monkeys of Sri Lanka. Out of the three sighted by Soma, two are endemic to Sri Lanka.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Durga Puja 2017

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace Jimi Hendrix

Happy Dussehra.

Singhi Park Durga idol

Bosepukur Shitala Mandir Durga Puja 2017

Today is Vijaya Dashami also known as Dussehra. Vijaya Dashami marks the end of Durga puja and signifies the victory of good over evil. This day also marks the end of Ramlila and celebrates the victory of Rama over Ravana.

I am posting some of my favourite Durga puja pandals from South Kolkata, and will post some more awesome Durga puja pandals from Kolkata in my next few posts.

Bose Pukar Durga puja pandal 2017

Hindusthan Park Durga Puja 2017

Ballygunge Cultural Durga Puja 2017

    Tridhara Sammilani Durga Puja 2017

   Deshopriya Park Durga Puja 2017

You may want to check out some of these beautiful Durga puja pandals from last year:

Sunday, September 10, 2017

National Chambal Sanctuary in India, home to a lot of endangered species, is a must visit

Chambal ravines
From the cold desert of Ladakh to the ravines of Chambal, this post is a slight deviation from my previous posts on Ladakh. One of the reasons I could not resist posting about this sanctuary, because to me, Chambal was known to be a dacoit infested area, and that's pretty much what I  knew of Chambal for a long time!

This sanctuary was indeed a wonderful surprise for me. The fascinating terrains, the endangered species, and the variety of birds make this place quite unique!

The National Chambal Sanctuary is located on the Chambal river on the Tri border area of the three states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. This protected Sanctuary is known for the critically endangered Gharial crocodile, the red-crowned roof turtle and the Ganges river dolphin.

This sanctuary is also home to over 320 species of resident and migratory birds. Some of the bird species found here are Indian Skimmer, Sarus Crane, Pallas's fish eagle, and Indian courser.

Reaching the National Chambal sanctuary is very easy since it is well connected. The nearest rail head is in Dholpur. Many trains from Delhi and Mumbai stop at Dholpur. One can also reach this sanctuary from Agra and Gwalior which are at a distance of 60 km from the sanctuary respectively. You can also choose to reach the sanctuary from Bharatpur, which is around 100 km from the sanctuary,

The boat ride through the ravines is unique to the Chambal sanctuary, the beautiful terrains combined with the wildlife makes it one amazing ride.  Here are some pictures from the sanctuary which includes the Shergarh fort, the ravines, Crocodiles, Gharials, Softshell Turtles, and a number of birds such as, Bar-headed Goose, Bramhiny duck, Grey heron, Indian spoonbill, River-lapwings, Skimmers, black-winged stilts, and Wooly-necked storks.

The Pictures are courtesy Soma Jha.
Chambal river and ravines
Shergarh fort Dholpur

The National Chambal santuary
Bar-headed Goose

Bramhiny duck,Chambal sanctuary
Crocodile, Chambal sanctuary

Grey heron trying to swallow a fish, Chambal sanctuary

Indian spoonbill,Chambal Sanctuary
River Lapwings, Chambal Sanctuary, India

Skimmers, Chambal sanctuary
Skimmers, Black-winged stilts,Gharials,and softshell turtle

Skimmers in flight

Wooly necked stork, Chambal sanctuary