Monthly Archives: February 2016

Rofous treepie, Himalayas, India

IMG_6389 IMG_6387 IMG_6386 IMG_6374My fascination for nature does not generally take me to sanctuaries or reserves………I enjoy what I see around me in the mountains or in my garden. While going up a serpentine road, a beautiful bird caught my eye. I jumped out of the vehicle, the bird flew a little further away….I admired it from afar, and turned back. That is when I heard it! it flew closer, sat on the branch of a tree close to me, looking over its shoulder. What followed was a pleasurable 10 minute workout for the bird and me, as it flew and I ran…..a lot of vehicles slowed down..they thought that this much enthusiasm was warranted by a tiger or at least a panther….

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Oriental magpie robin

In our garden a certain tree is more popular among the birds than the others. I call it the ‘tree of life’. It plays host to the red vented bulbuls, sunbirds, sparrows, parrots, coppersmith barbet, doves and robins. It is delightful to see the birds and listen to them…

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Hoopee-our garden

We are meant to be different….even birds of the same species behave differently. We have a residential pair of Hoopees in our garden. One of them is shy and flies away to a distant tree when I approach, the other sits nearby, flies over me and is not afraid. It poses for me…..

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A bed of leaves

On my way to work this morning, I stopped at the sight of a dog sleeping. What was special about this scene was that it was not an over fed , pampered or privileged dog. It was a street dog, with a smile on its face as it lay asleep among discarded , dead, brown leaves. I do not know why people want a bed of roses .. This dog had seen hard days and did not have a rosy future, yet it made the best of the circumstances and resources available… We can learn from any living being, I wish all strays would be adopted or treated well by all.. image


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Painted Stork-Near endangered ! -India

A beautiful large bird, with a fascinating long beak, white and black feathers……..and gorgeous pink legs and pink rear end…what more could you ask for in an amazing bird? What you could ask for that it does not ever become extinct…yes, they are ‘near endangered’…..if you see them, shoot with your cameras…and leave…

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Purple Sunbird-our garden

You cannot appreciate the beauty of a sunbird fully till the sun shines on it…the blue and purple colours come to life and glint and sparkle with a magical sheen. A delightful bird to watch, it sucks the nectar out of flowers, hovering over the flowers and flying from one flower to the next..

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Daredevils in a truck

In a small village in the mountains in India, there is a river that flows directly from a glacier. There is a rickety old narrow wooden bridge across it, which we crossed gingerly, praying furtively. Out of thin air, a large truck appeared on the banks of the river. It revved up its engine…….several children who were in the back of the truck shouted with glee…………..and the driver drove it into the river!!!! We gasped, shouted at him and prayed for them as they blazed a trail across the gushing waters!!! It took an oblique path across the river, A villager told us that there was a narrow strip of water across which the boulders allowed a ‘skilled driver’ to pass through. The truck wobbled, sputtered and…………………reached land ! We applauded and cursed the man who had done this….

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Blue whistling thrush-Himalayas

A beautiful iridescent dark blue, a yellow bill, a bird sitting by the side of an uphill Himalayan road..the moment a car stops near it, it takes flight like most birds of that region………

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Start the day with an omelette

Eggs are a great way to start your day. I begin mine with 10 almonds, 2 walnuts, 2 dates, 2 figs, 2 eggs and a glass of milk. I do not take any snacks or beverages till lunch and never feel hungry, in fact I feel energetic and full. An omelette is delicious, especially with onions, tomatoes and green chilies. You can add strips of chicken, cheese,  mushrooms, even a little coriander if you want. I do not like the taste of raw onions, so the onions, tomatoes and green chilies are tossed in a pan to semi-cook them. The eggs are beaten till frothy, the lightly cooked onions, tomatoes and chilies added to the mix with a pinch of salt, and the whole mixture thrown over a teaspoon of heated ghee in  a non-stick pan, The omelette is then turned over to be cooked on the other side. I guess I am one of those people who does not like the taste of raw eggs either. Most people cook the omelette on one side and fold it. The omelette is best eaten sizzling hot, mine has just arrived and is being put on my plate by our domestic help.Did I mention that my cholesterol levels are fine?  Happy eating…

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Cheese is grate :)

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