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…

The Bride and the Flood

By Ranjeet Kumar Sahani “During the course of one of my oral history interviews with fishermen last year, I came across a respondent- a woman who was married into the flood-prone village of Kosi. This narrative gives an account of her first encounter with Kosi flood, and how it changed her attitude towards life and…

THE ‘APING’ MONKEYS

By Asmita Sengupta With a doctoral degree in primate ecology under my belt, I consider myself quite the expert on all things primate-y, if you will. Many moons back, I had learnt from a rather engagingly written textbook that there are no primates in Australia, USA-Canada and Europe, unless you counted the Bigfoot and humans…

Banni – of mehmaan-nawaazi and Jinns (Part II)

By Ramya Ravi My introduction to Banni’s cuisine was a thali that included large helpings of hare moong ki khichdi with even larger helpings of ghee, then some bajre ki roti with the most delectable garlic chutney, along with other vegetable curries that were familiar. While the locals are prepared to offer strictly vegetarian food…

Banni – of Kutchi Samosa and the awakening (Part I)

By Ramya Ravi Banni, meaning ‘बनी हुई’ or something that is made, is an arid tropical savanna system in the Kutch region of Gujarat. Situated in on the northern fringe of Bhuj Taluka, Banni was the only vast stretch of grassland, constituting a total of 45% of permanent pasture in the region of Kutch and…

Insects: the creepy crawlies that excited me!

By Seena Narayanan Karimbumkara As someone in charge of the Insect Museum at ATREE over the last decade, I must have interacted with hundreds of curious visitors. The most common questions I have encountered during these interactions were, “how did you get interested in insects?” Almost each time I searched my memory for a quick and…