Remembering our trip to Napa and all its vineyards. We had an interesting discussion around earthquake and its intensity, and remembered that the Richter is a logarithmic scale. This means that a 6.2 is roughly twice as bad a 6.1 earthquake. 

Remembering our trip to Napa and all its vineyards. We had an interesting discussion around earthquake and its intensity, and remembered that the Richter is a logarithmic scale. This means that a 6.2 is roughly twice as bad a 6.1 earthquake. 

Went on road trip to LA last week and drove on CA 1 passing Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey bay. With scenes like this and breaching whales, we’re bound to come back here for a longer visit. More pictures as well.

Went on road trip to LA last week and drove on CA 1 passing Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey bay. With scenes like this and breaching whales, we’re bound to come back here for a longer visit. More pictures as well.

… relentless quest to pin-point the exact date of the main battle of the Mahabharata. Despite what the brainwashed pinko Commie agents tell you, we all know that there is nothing metaphorical about our ancient texts. It’s all literal. These events actually happened. As you can see, these aren’t just stories passed from one generation to the next until someone was thoughtful enough to note it down. Nope. These were passed around word for word, without the narrator’s biases or abilities of comprehension interfering with the narrative.

http://scroll.in/article/670643/Biased-liberal-mafia-takes-on-India’s-new-head-of-historical-research 

Mahabharata is definitely the more believable text among Hindu mythologies, but there are still some outrageous things about the whole thing. Case in point Ghatotkacha. The problem with far right is the very essence of the paragraph, stubbornness to consider an alternate theory or think with an open mind. 

Birding in the new world

I’m excited to be birding in the new world and observing new species of animals and plants. I have already been on 3 birding trips and I’m beginning to identify and spot common birds. I have heard from many folks that birding in the west is way different from birding in India. Even with my limited experience, I can already begin to see the differences in culture. 

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The problem with the normals and tech is the same as the problem with the normals and politics, or society in general. People believe they are powerless and alone, but the only thing that keeps people powerless and alone is that same belief. People, working together, are immensely and terrifyingly powerful.

Everything is broken - on medium https://medium.com/message/81e5f33a24e1 

A series of images to remind us of the beauty of our natural world. A friend once said, “that which you can’t see, you won’t conserve”. This, may be, is my way of reminding us all about what we are trying to save. 
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A series of images to remind us of the beauty of our natural world. A friend once said, “that which you can’t see, you won’t conserve”. This, may be, is my way of reminding us all about what we are trying to save. 
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A series of images to remind us of the beauty of our natural world. A friend once said, “that which you can’t see, you won’t conserve”. This, may be, is my way of reminding us all about what we are trying to save. 
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A series of images to remind us of the beauty of our natural world. A friend once said, “that which you can’t see, you won’t conserve”. This, may be, is my way of reminding us all about what we are trying to save. 
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A series of images to remind us of the beauty of our natural world. A friend once said, “that which you can’t see, you won’t conserve”. This, may be, is my way of reminding us all about what we are trying to save. 
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A series of images to remind us of the beauty of our natural world. A friend once said, “that which you can’t see, you won’t conserve”. This, may be, is my way of reminding us all about what we are trying to save. 

Critically endangered birds of India

I found this image shared on BNHS’ Facebook page and was both intrigued and saddened. Of the birds on the list, I happened to see the Red Headed Vulture on my second safari in India. I couldn’t comprehend the excitement amongst other birders then. We also looked for the Great Indian Bustard in Greater Rann, their supposed breeding ground but couldn’t find any.

 

Steppe Eagle - Greater Rann of Kutch

While driving toward a particular rocky hill in the Greater Rann of Kutch, we saw this magnificent raptor sitting right on top. The Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) is a big bird, about  60 to 80 cms in size, and is hard to miss. These raptors are migratory birds who spend their summers in the Steppes and then head south for winter. The ones that reside in the Mongolian and Russian region, migrate to India during the winter, crossing the mighty Himalayas in their journey. It generally prefers dry desert like surroundings and its diet consists mainly of small mammals and birds. 

Birdlife states that their population is decreasing and puts estimates of around 1 bird per 100 sq km radius. The best place to sight them is in their migratory path, where they form flocks of hundreds while crossing tricky terrain or feeding sites. 

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How to prepare for a birdwatching trip

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I have been birding for a while now and I must say, I enjoy it thoroughly. Birding is one of the easiest ways to observe nature. You just have to look out of your window or balcony, or visit a nearby park/lake and watch for birds. But, if you were to take a short trip for birding, this is when you need some preparation. Here’s my quick checklist of things you need before birding. 

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