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Floaters on Cinque

Guest post by Nitya Prakash Mohanty Crackle. Crackle. Popcorn? Hunger clouds my thoughts. I flash my torch at the slippery rocks below to compensate for the yet to rise the moon. Hundreds of molluscs scatter on my approach. The surrounding sea … Continue reading

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Delhi by Winter

VARDHAN PATANKAR You were told there would be tall buildings, short buildings, houses and bizarre structures of architects. You were told to travel by sterile metro railways that are built to guide your feet and where people follow the rules. … Continue reading

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The back kick

VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in Royal Enfield Trip Newsletter A few years ago, my girlfriend and I broke up. In order to displace my emotional turbulence, I took up biking. In that alternative ‘on the road’ state, I found … Continue reading

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Pehelvaan Thakur

By Vardhan Patankar “Nowadays, they have machines that give you a haircut and shave. You just have to move the machine blindly over someone’s head or face and you earn money” Pehelvaan Thakur A pure happenstance led me to Pehelvaan. … Continue reading

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In a rolling stone town

VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in reef resilience blog: http://reefresiliencenetwork.ning.com/profiles/blog/list As soon as I stepped out of the Zanzibar Airport, I was greeted by “karibu”, (welcome in Swahili). The friendly driver drove us to the Hotel Grand Palace, the venue of … Continue reading

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Curd or chatni, Sir!

If you are near the NCF office in Mysore, Seetharam Shetty is the man to look out for. He is famous in the area, not by name but by what he has to offer. For one, he serves inexpensive, hygienic, … Continue reading

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Shadow of the tiger

VARDHAN PATANKAR Edited version published in the Nature Conservation Foundation Newsletter, Bushchat “You can’t say the word Tiger, it’s a bad omen” There is lot more to the Sundarbans than the presence of tigers and if stories of tigers are told, … Continue reading

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