The Last Hurrah

The afternoon of 14 May 2010 remains one of the red-letter days in my diaries, not only because of the utterly spellbinding time we had with Auntie and her cubs, but also because we were beneficiaries of one of the greatest humanitarian acts that must ever have taken place in a tiger forest. We were…

‘Lingua Amore’

The play was intense but the tot couldn’t stay away for long. She waded through the brownish with a splash and ended up by her mother in a flash, who, welcoming her hearty child warmly, licked her nape with her long, pink tongue. The cub kissed her guardian angel on the chin and then nuzzled…

Laissez-faire

Miss Mirchani Female Cub – an ardent ambassador of laissez-faire She saw, she came and she sat.  Doesn’t exactly sound like a world-domineering conqueror’s magic trio of words, but that is exactly what makes cats, the equitable monarchs, so very special; they conquer the heart by merely being. After this Mirchani female cub’s initial enthusiasm…

Less Equal than Others?

  This Republic Day, I wish that we can offer our magnificent felines, the symbol of our natural treasure, the same liberty and protection that we, the simian citizens of this country, enjoy, so that, amongst other things, they can cross roads without the fear of being mowed down by mindless juggernauts. Happy Republic Day!

Days of Insouciance

When the sun shone bright and life wore pink, And the armour had in it no chink. The world was free and the world was fair, And we had in it not a trivial care. Life was a song and life was a dance, And for misery there was but no chance. Now those times…

The Magic of the Tiger

Tigers have been for millenia strongly associated with myth, religion and spirituality, particularly as the steed of Goddess Durga, the destroyer of evil.  Ancient peoples of the Indian jungles believed tigers to possess supernatural powers, and revered them for the same as divine protectors against unforeseeable calamities. In fact the Bhagavad Gita professes such: “Do…

Boxed In?

The adorable Chorbehra female spends a moment to reflect on things amid a thorough cleaning session. One evening we witnessed her frenetically attempting to find a place to cross over to the other side of the highway that cuts through Tala, but was of course hindered in her endeavour by the fence that has been…

A Message from a Tigress

  “O man of ineptitude, if you can’t see my beauty, look, at least, into my eyes, and you shall see your own pulchritude. Have the sagacity to save my abode, and you shall save your own world. Life but gives many chances; grasp one. Grasp not the axe to sever me into oblivion, for…