Melodramatic Clouds: Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

With every changing seasons, the clouds in high skies of Mussoorie and Landour have always mesmerized me. It’s a miracle, how, the shapeless clouds of different shapes and sizes, floating in the air take form of various figures and realise abstract ideas and thoughts. Since ages these clouds have inspired many artists, poets and musicians.Continue reading “Melodramatic Clouds: Mussoorie, Uttarakhand”

Clouds, after rainshowers!

The skies over Mussoorie – Landour, always astound one with the clouds changing forms and shapes with different seasons, as if almighty has set spectacular screensaver in the high skies. These mystic clouds can tingle creative corners of mind. These clouds sometimes play hide and seek between manifold layers of mountains, they rise up goContinue reading “Clouds, after rainshowers!”

Nature’s first green is gold!!

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. By Robert Frost With the changing seasons these evergreen trees always add charm and continueContinue reading “Nature’s first green is gold!!”

Forest fire in Uttarakhand: Are we ready to tackle future forest fires?

This is one of the worst years in the history of Uttrakhand where frequent forest fires has been witnessed in various parts of the state. It’s been three years, I am residing in the hillside near Landour, Mussoorie and every year I have observed forest patches under flames in this side of the lesser Himalayas.Continue reading “Forest fire in Uttarakhand: Are we ready to tackle future forest fires?”

Holy Oak Tree: Worship of Oak tree!!!

Trees are being worshipped since ages in India.Trees and herbs form integral part of rich cultural, social and traditional beliefs in different parts of the Indian subcontinent. If we go through ancient Vedic texts, Upanishads and Puranas, we can find mention of worshipping trees or plant parts in the texts. Infact every festival or traditionalContinue reading “Holy Oak Tree: Worship of Oak tree!!!”

Land where Hoolock Gibbon sings: Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, Assam

It was summer of 2015 in Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, Assam. I was a doctoral student at that time and was working towards the conservation of a medicinal forest tree species in the rain forests of Assam. For some study purpose we were traversing through dense forest trails and I was accompanied by my colleague andContinue reading “Land where Hoolock Gibbon sings: Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, Assam”

An ode to the Swallows!!!

Swallows flying high,Up above in the sky;Swooshing through the mountains,Diving in the valley deep;To catch insects swarming in the air,with a velocity steep. ***** Agile and alert are your actions,Random turn sometimes;I couldn’t follow your flying course,Lost track many times!!! ***** Off you fly from your cozy nest,Into the trees surround;Next moment you are outContinue reading “An ode to the Swallows!!!”

Rhododendrons and a tale of love!!

Here comes spring, season of flowering begins;Shades of yellow, white and pink in the forests;Alongwith red Rhododendrons blooming. Rhododendrons red, high above the treesAs if you want to meet the sky;The misty wind kisses your soft petals,And your dreams soar high. Swaying with the whistling breeze,Spreading your charm;You fulfill wilderness dreams, giving memories warm. Birds,Continue reading “Rhododendrons and a tale of love!!”

Asan Conservation Reserve/Asan Barrage, Uttarakhand: A man-made lake or nature’s delight

Situated at the confluence of the Asan river and Eastern Yamuna Canal alongside bordering states of Uttarakhand-Himachal lies the Asan Conservation Reserve/ Asan Barrage or Assan Barrage. This barrage created the Asan Reservoir which is also called Dhalipur Lake, and was developed in 1967 when the Dhalipur power house was under construction. The scenic geographicalContinue reading “Asan Conservation Reserve/Asan Barrage, Uttarakhand: A man-made lake or nature’s delight”

Geology and religious faith: Tapkeshwar temple in Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is a famous temple of Lord Shiva lying alongside river Tons, in the valley of Dehradun. The mythological importance of this place draws back to the ancient period of Mahabharata, when Guru Dronacharya who was the royal teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas was believed to reside in the caves. Hence, the cavesContinue reading “Geology and religious faith: Tapkeshwar temple in Dehradun, Uttarakhand”