Passive degradation of Himalayan ecology: Oak trees in Landour, Mussoorie

As soon as one enters the small hillside of Landour, Mussoorie; the old Oak trees, Pine trees and Deodar welcome everyone with open arms. The whistling Himalayan breeze blowing through the tree leaves endows life and hope in each and every corner of this beautiful hillside. With the changing seasons these evergreen trees always addContinue reading “Passive degradation of Himalayan ecology: Oak trees in Landour, Mussoorie”

Red Coral Tree Flowers !!!

Up in the mountains,I was missing the sea;The clear blue waters,And the red corals beneath. ***** But thank you O lord!!For showing me;the clear blue sky,And I barely miss the sea. ***** Thank you O lord!!For the red Coral Tree flowers,High above in the mountains;Now I barely miss the red corals in the sea. *****Continue reading “Red Coral Tree Flowers !!!”

Nature’s bulwark: Bhimal tree (Grewia optiva) securing a temple, Mussoorie!!!

It was one sunny morning, while I was travelling to Dehradun via Mussoorie – Dehradun road and I was lost in the scenic beauty of the mountains. Every turn, every bend around the mountain road has its own surprise. Suddenly, just after crossing Kolhukhet checkpost my eyes fell on a small temple on the hillContinue reading “Nature’s bulwark: Bhimal tree (Grewia optiva) securing a temple, Mussoorie!!!”

Oak tree beside my window!!

I got married few years back and shifted to Landour, Mussoorie. The apartment where me and my husband used to live had a big Oak tree just outside the window. Everyday, sunshine used to peep through my window through the Oak tree. Different Himalayan birds, owls, langoors, monkeys, insects, fireflies, butterflies could be observed justContinue reading “Oak tree beside my window!!”

Oroxylum indicum: A medicinal forest tree species for the symptom management of Covid 19

Humanity is coping with the aftermath of  Corona virus pandemic. The outbreak of virus resulted in devastation and is still causing millions of fatalities everyday. The first outbreak of this pandemic with severe pneumonia was reported in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, on December, 2019. World Health Organization (WHO) designated Severe acute respiratoryContinue reading “Oroxylum indicum: A medicinal forest tree species for the symptom management of Covid 19”

Kempty falls, Mussoorie: A geological prodigy

Kempty falls Mussoorie is a geological complex lying about 10 kilometres from Mussoorie, Uttarakhand towards Yamuna river. The fusion of various geological, ecological, climatic and geographical factors together contribute towards the portrayal of this geologic marvel.The name Kempty was actually derived from assemblage of two words ‘Camp and Tea’. Once used to be a preferredContinue reading “Kempty falls, Mussoorie: A geological prodigy”

Foraging in the wild: celebrating Green Diwali!!!!

It’s been around two years that I am staying in Landour, Mussoorie. Every year we celebrate Diwali with enthusiasm and zeal. But, this year we celebrated our Diwali in the wilderness, foraging in the wild to collect 14 shaak/saag (leafy greens/foliage) to commemorate a traditional Bengali ritual. Diwali or festival of lights is one ofContinue reading “Foraging in the wild: celebrating Green Diwali!!!!”

Prelude to Winterline, Mussoorie !!!

It was an usual evening bike ride with my husband in the outskirts of Mussoorie, when he first introduced me to the Winter line in Landour, Mussoorie. The scintillating canvas of sky was displaying multitude hues of yellow, orange, red, mauve blue and grey. This meteorological phenomena sparked up the artistic orchestration of vivid shadesContinue reading “Prelude to Winterline, Mussoorie !!!”

Yellow coster butterfly predation

Yellow Coster (Acraea issoria) is a small radiant butterfly with ochre yellowish coloured wings belonging to Nymphalidae family. It has elongated forewings which are slightly translucent and curvy hind-wings. A. issoria is found in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Sumatra and Java. Usually this species of butterfly¬† inhabits mountain valleys at elevation of aboutContinue reading “Yellow coster butterfly predation”

Fireflies and Climate change in Landour, Mussoorie

We are all familiar with Fireflies or commonly known as lightning bugs. To me these creatures resemble ‘Nature’s lantern’ which can light up even the darkest corners. But these mystical and charismatic insects are actually beetles and nocturnal members of the family Lampyridae. Most fireflies are winged and are distinct from other luminescent insects ofContinue reading “Fireflies and Climate change in Landour, Mussoorie”