Profile: filmmaker and entrepreneur

Last Published: Sun, Aug 13 2017. 04 02 PM IST The filmmaker and the entrepreneur: Shekar Dattatri and Ramki Sreenivasan This is the story of synchronicity in the lives of a snake-loving filmmaker and a bird-loving entrepreneur who joined hands to work for nature conservation Shoba Narayan Shekar Dattatri (left), an award-winning filmmaker, and Ramki Sreenivasan,…

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Mirzapur and the Greater Coucal

Saw my first golden oriole of this season.  Flew in and perched on a Millingtonia tree.  We were in Mirzapur at the fabulous guesthouse of Obeetee Carpets.  A highlight was the sighting of two Greater Coucals, two Hornbills, one Rufous Treepie; and tons of other birds I had seen: drongos, bulbuls, peacocks, wagtail, etc.

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Birds in culture– the last of the four part series that I hugely enjoyed writing.

I pontificate on the pleasures of bird watching in this audio podcast here Like Arabs and falcons; like Indians and peacocks; like Americans and their eagles, like the French and their…..I don’t know which bird sparks the French imagination…. birds and animals are the stuff of our dreams and subconscious. The eagle, the ‘hamsa’ and…

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Birding: seeing versus hearing

This season is hard for birding.  The trees are lush with leaves.  Small birds are chirping and I can’t see them.  Drives me nuts. How to identify birds just by seeing them Ayurveda divides us into three phenotypes: vata, pitta and kapha. Vatas have acute hearing and enjoy the sense of touch—if my memory serves…

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Trees and birds

In London, it was the sweet song of the thrush.  In India, it is the kooo of the Asian koel that I am listening to right now. Birdwatching is also about the trees The rhythms of nature are evident in the patterns of the bird movement Shoba Narayan In which the author connects birds and…

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How to bird-watch. How to watch birds

I am writing about nature.  About what is turning out to be a favorite subject. How to birdwatch Shoba Narayan starts a four-part series on birdwatching Shoba Narayan In which the author makes a case for bird watching as a hobby and tells you how to start: It begins with a pair of binoculars; and…

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Tiger’s Trail

 So every writer aspires to be a photographer or at least I do.  Here are the photos I took at Kanha and Pench.  You have to be patient and refresh the page many times. On a tiger trail in India Shoba Narayan March 12, 2015 Updated: March 12, 2015 02:29 PM I’m sitting on the deck…

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VSCO Cam

So I have been using Instagram a lot and my account is here so please ‘follow’ me if you like those images. I like clicking photos and sharing them on Instagram and VSCO Cam. The two sites are somewhat different. Instagram is huge, and VSCO Cam is artsy. Clicking photos on my handy iPhone is a…

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Wildlife Tiger Census

Indian forests are wonderful ecosystems. Teak and sal trees shed dew tears in the misty mornings. Babblers bable; Serpentine eagles soar; Rufus treepies shriek; and humans shiver in the morning cold. Jackals come out of the grasslands. Herds of deer graze under trees. Langurs swing from trees, which themselves whisper and sway towards each other.…

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