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For the Pongal holidays I had brought my son to Mahabalipuram, where we are staying in the new Intercontinental Chennai Resort. Today morning I got up early (6 AM) and went for a walk in the beach sands overlooking the waters of Bay of Bengal. After sometime I noticed fishermen in strength casting a huge net in the waters. A fishing boat went out in the waters to spread the net, with 2 swimmers standing in mid water untangling the cables. Later googling I learned the net is called a seine and the fishing technique is called Seine fishing. The two ends of the big dragnet was handled/dragged from shore by…

George Orwell’s Animal Farm book published in 17 August 1945 (minus 2 years and plus 2 days from Indian Independence)  is a classic. I read the book for the first time only two years back, initially the Tamil translation. The story is about how a set of animals living in a farm in rural England takeover the place from their human master.  Initially the revolution is lead together by a group of pigs for common good and sharing. Slowly one of them (named Napoleon) starts to sideline the other leader pigs towards consolidating his power. At the end of the story, Napoleon pig becomes a brutal dictator…

It has been over five years that I last took my son to Guindy Children’s Park, a part of the vast protected “forest” area right in centre of Chennai. Most of the protected area is inside IIT Madras campus and Raj Bhavan (Tamil Nadu Governor’s Residence), with Children’s park being the only area open to public. The park houses few species of Deer, many species of birds, some crocs, monkeys and other animals; the snakes are kept in a separate enclosure next door. The parks close by 6PM with the last visitors to be allowed at 5:30PM. Parking costs Rs.15…

Last week my son picked this book My Husband and Other Animals by Janaki Lenin. I never understand any of his books on Animals, I find them boring for my interest but then he is an animal enthusiast and I am not. While reading this book I saw him laughing out at many places, which intrigued me. I got the book from him, the title attracted me first but the fluid writing and humour got me hooked. The next I know I was half-way through the book. Ms Janaki covers a wide range of topics from Wildlife, preservation, Forests, Tribes…

Last week while Holidaying at Oberoi Wildflower Hall, Kurfi (near Shimla) myself and son went for a nature trek into the nearby reserve forest. The resort is next to Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary which has woods of pine and cedar. As per our guide, the tall trees in the sanctuary were planted by the Britishers (who were ruling Indian subcontinent during Indian summers from Shimla) to serve as rain catchment areas. The short trek took us through Shimla Ridgeline at one point. It is interesting to note that the rainwater falling on the ridgeline and flowing on the west side…