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It was telecasted more than a month ago, but I watched the Discovery Channel’s Man vs Wild program only today. In this much-advertised episode, the host Bear Grylls takes the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Mr Narenda Modi on a short walk inside the jungle of Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. I have been to this park, one of the largest in India and the home to Bengal Tigers and many other wild animals – when we went in the summer of  2015 we were not allowed inside the core jungle and so we saw only birds, monkeys and…

My friend Pravin Shekar invited me to a talk on wildlife photography by Dr Srinivasan Periathiruvadi. Dr Srini is a renowned physician, an accomplished entrepreneur of healthcare-related companies and co-founder of Jeevan Blood bank (now Jeevan Stem Cell Foundation). As many in the hall at Odyssey bookstore in Adyar were wondering what is a Doctor doing with Wildlife photography, Dr Srini started to tell the story of how in 2005, following a series of surgeries he underwent, he decided to take time from his busy schedule – to live a life on his own terms – he dusting off and…

In the recent decade, Chennai City has benefited from many of its public spaces which have been turned into dumping yards being restored and turned back into children parks, walking parks and playgrounds. Now, most of them are clean, landscaped beautifully, well maintained and even have working toilets! I often go to a few of them – the Amma Park in Saidapet, Ashok Nagar Park, Sivan Park KK Nagar, Panagal Park T.Nagar, Jeeva Park T.Nagar, Natesan Park T.Nagar and Nageswara Park Mylapore. About two years back, the city got a new sprawling 16-acre eco-park with its own lake, where you…

We were staying in Bekal (Kerala) for the Theyyam Festivals. I had been to Bekal and the surroundings a few years ago (my earlier post with photographs), still who will want to miss seeing the beautiful Bekal Fort once more. One of the days we went to see the Bekal Fort – constructed by Shivappa Nayaka in 1650 AD, Bekal served as an important military station of Tipu Sultan. Then in the evening, we went to Muzhappilangad Beach near Kannur – India’s longest and probably the only drive-in beach, where you can drive on the water – is it a good idea? I am not sure,…

I hope Ridley Turtle hatchlings remember I did this for them. Sacrificed my early morning sleep on a Sunday and burned fat that I had tirelessly put up. They owe me. Do they bless you with Boons? My son convinced me last year to do two mini-runs for good causes – Eureka Run 2016 and TiE Chennai Marathon. Today he got me to run along with him for Ridley Run ’17 at 6 AM from Palavakkam Beach, as all public assembly are banned near Marina Beach. I walked (my pace was certainly not even jogging) the 5 Km course. It was easy…