The year 2016 was all about several lows (unfortunately) and a few highs for the environment. Across the globe, unethical tourism is still a major contributor to the lows. In India, it was no different — right from elephants found dead with plastic in their stomach (thanks to garbage dumping near National Parks) and death of selfie-crazed individuals in the hands of innocent wildlife to rise in wildlife mortality by greedy resort owners refusing to give up illegal properties. While it is lovely to get away from the mayhem of the city for a holiday to the quiet forests, what’s important is we keep it that way. Quiet, clean, and ensuring zero stress to wildlife.
Throughout the journey we were being followed by a heavy cloud… the breeze was carrying a whiff of faraway lands and springs… we could smell the rain all along. Continue reading
We Indians love our coffee, but do we really care where it is coming from? Is it organic, does it harm the biodiversity or conserve it? What kinds of practices are adopted? Come to think of it, considering the amount of coffee we consume, there could not be a better time than now, to start dwelling on these questions. Continue reading
The downpour from last night had cleansed the forest. It seemed to be revelling in the change of season, in the smell of rich soil and vegetation.
Music always plays an integral part of a “journey” – Sometimes it furnishes a mood you want to exploit, or maybe a flavour you want to explore. Continue reading
We hit the road at 2 pm – running late, relentlessly cursing the impeding traffic. Bruce Springsteen’s words sure did calm Kaushik’s nerves. We were heading for the beautiful and mysterious Annamalai Hills. Continue reading