Tooth Mountain Farms, Hatnoli, Karjat Jottings on site during a cloudy but pleasant afternoon after a gorgeous lunch Just over a month ago, on February 6, the nation mourned the passing of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. She was 92 years young! A true legend and star of the fast depleting national treasures, her loss is […]

This article has taken me more than two years to write. Writers are known to be lazy and procrastinators but this one tops it all. I am so happy  that I was able to visit Italia before Covid hit and changed our world forever. We now live in a dystopian reality. I wanted to capture […]

Jotted on a balmy Friday morning prior to Ides of March. Recently I was reading a book written by Janine Bergmeir, a schoolteacher in the University of Tubingen in Germany. She writes that the importance of animals in human lives differs greatly from one person to another, especially from one culture to the other. Animals […]

Introduction to Ravan’s own country Sri-Lanka (resplendent Island in Sanksrit) or Ceylon (British name) is teardrop shaped island off the southern most coast of the Indian sub-continent. My only impressions of Sri Lanka were the poor and destitute refugees I encountered during my studies in Switzerland, mostly Tamil, who do odd and menial jobs en […]

Woodland Birds Purple-Rumped Sunbird Scientific Name : Leptocoma Zeylonica Hindi : Phool-Chuhi (Flower-Rat) Marathi : Jambhala Suryapaksi.   Like other sunbirds, they are small in size, feeding mainly on nectar but sometimes take insects, particularly when feeding their young. They can hover for short durations but usually perch to suck Nectar from flowers which distinguishes […]

Indian Jezebal Scientific name: Delias eucharis The Common Jezebel is a medium sized p ierid butterfly found in many areas of South and Southeast Asia, especially in the non-arid regions of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. The Common Jezebel is one of the most common species in the genus Delias (Indo-Austrailian). Its under hind-wings […]

We are in a day-and-age during which more bird species are threatened with extinction than ever before, and we solely believe that it’s now or never that we take a step towards saving the natural flora and fauna of our beautiful feathered friends. Humans have had a dramatic impact on the grassland biome. Because temperate […]

Introduction The system of the Monsoon (derived from the Hindi word, “Mausam”) comes as a great relief after the hot Indian summer. An entire season dedicated to the rains, when the gods go off to sleep, in India makes for an entirely different concept from that in the West. Remember, “Rain, Rain, go away, little […]

Butterflies have fascinated humans since ages with the first references occurring in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years and the word butterfly was first used to describe a butter coloured insect (Butter-butter coloured; Fly- Insect which could fly) and this name is still used to describe all the colourful butterflies. The largest Butterfly […]