Visibility of Water Infrastructure

By Rinan Shah Urban networks in the contemporary city are largely hidden. They are opaque, invisible and disappear underground. This tends to hide social relations and power mechanisms enacted through them [1]. Water infrastructure is a good example of such networks which makes water truly invisible by turning it into something which is readily available…

Landscapes of fear, landscapes of hope – Part 2

By Kadambari Deshpande¬† This is the second article of a two part series. If you haven’t read the first one yet, please click here. PART 2 I had noticed that emerging bats at dusk mostly preferred forest edges to forage. I had found an excellent site by the forest-reservoir boundary to record bat species. This…

Landscapes of fear, landscapes of hope – Part 1

By Kadambari Deshpande¬†¬† As I travelled along the Agasthyamala hill ranges of the southern Western Ghats of Kerala, the undulating, verdant green terrain, the escarpments, the peaks and the valleys, narrated their biogeographic sagas. Here, in an upstream catchment of the Kallada River, the forest types range from evergreen forests – dotted with trees like…