Don’t Drag on, Fly!

Quivering wings spread, contemplate heavens above, unleash your ethos! Elucidation: The lifecycle of Dragonflies consists of three stages: egg, nymph and adult. The dragonfly spends most of its life in its aquatic nymph form, living in fresh water ponds and placid spots in streams. Depending upon the species and climate of the region, the nymph … Continue reading Don’t Drag on, Fly!

A Slug Reborn

A distressed Slug one day, prayed aloud to Mother, you’ve left me less blessed, than my Snail brother. A lovely shell to show off, a home he takes along, helping him hide at will, a shelter that’s so strong. No harm can come to him, the shell keeps all away, but look at poor naked … Continue reading A Slug Reborn

Yellow Cattle!

Sunday mornings of late are devoted to a stroll, camera at the ready, through the untrodden paths within the Aarey Forest in suburban Mumbai. At the far end of the path downhill from New Zealand Hostel is a tiny pond which remains slushy at this time of the year, trying to manage with an insufficient … Continue reading Yellow Cattle!

Yet I Dare Hope

When my nest won’t be tangled, and my tree not likely strangled, while my river will flow undefiled, my forest allowed to grow wild, my pastures left free to forage, my wings not bound in cordage, will ever I wake up to this sight, or forever sleep filled with fright? [In the frame: Pied Myna … Continue reading Yet I Dare Hope

No Rhyme, But Reason

The emerging flamboyant red, turned a confident glorious gold, then a reassuring gorgeous orange, finally an upbeat blazing yellow, what was yesterday was bygone, no baggage no encumbrances, today was hope and anticipation, the cool of the soft breeze eased off, a warm moist woody trace emerged, I lowered my lens and contemplated, It was … Continue reading No Rhyme, But Reason

A Fruit of Wisdom

The karit (कारिट) fruit (Cucumis melo var. agrestis) plays a small but significant part in the Diwali festivities. After the traditional bath at dawn on the morning of Diwali, it is customary to stamp and split open the fruit by the heel of the foot and taste a little of the bitter juice before commencing … Continue reading A Fruit of Wisdom

Beyond the Wall

A fragrant green bog, wisps of a chilled fog, merry gurgling stream, frogs soak and dream, the silent shallow stills, frilling those lofty hills, carpets of furry moss, hollow logs lie across, the musty loamy soil, where tiny insects toil, a rustling forest floor, a grunt a howl a roar, light whistling breeze, the busy … Continue reading Beyond the Wall

I See You!

On a fine morning blessed with clear blue skies, about three weeks back, a pandemonium of Rose-ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri) descended upon our neighbourhood in all their emerald glory. Swinging on the high-strung cables, our broadband lifeline, the five females and two males started putting in a regular appearance – thrice a day – since … Continue reading I See You!