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Wet dreams and dry streams: The gharials’ grief in the Chambal and beyond

Wet dreams and dry streams: The gharials’ grief in the Chambal and beyond

Text by Tarun Nair, photographs by Tarun Nair & Rajeev Tomar The highlands of the Vindhyas give birth to one of the most remarkable, yet infamous, of India’s cratonic riversi – the Chambal. Almost 1,000 kilometres long, and bounded by the Aravallis to the north and the Vindhyas to the south, the river snakes past...
Mayawati and other river monsters: In search of gharials in the Ken River

Mayawati and other river monsters: In search of gharials in the Ken River

Text and photographs by Tarun Nair and Suyash Katdare The dry, deciduous landscape of Bundelkhand treated us to its summer splendour, with the sweet mahua (Madhuca indica) and flaming palash (Butea monosperma) yielding soothe’ stimuli. But, the cool crisp air under a warm, winter sun held its own charm too. Likewise, our seasonal ailings contrasted...
Glimpses into life in the Chambal

Glimpses into life in the Chambal

Written by Chaitanya Krishna, photographs by Tarun Nair, Shailendra Singh & Ingo Waschkies. A wide expanse of the Chambal River. Sandbanks can be seen in the foreground. The biopic, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, features a story of a national record holding athlete who became a dacoit in the Chambal. In the film, when Paan Singh Tomar is...
A bird in hand

A bird in hand

By Deepthi Bharadwaj As the four young boys ambled past me, I stole a curious look at the gunny bags they carried. Innocuous looking, but bearing ominous tell-tale splashes of red. I casually stopped and asked what the bags contained. Not shy of the stranger, the teenaged boy drew open the cover with visible pride...
थमती साँसे

थमती साँसे

Written by Nachiket Kelkar, photograph by Sushant Dey सुनहली धुप ने गंगाजी की लहरों को रंग दिया था | एक निःश्वास के साथ कोई अनोखा जलचर पानी से उभर आया | यही था ‘सोंस’, गंगाजी का वाहन | तभी छोटा-सा सोंस शिशु पानी से ऊपर उठा | मैं स्तिमित होकर देखता रह गया, और भाव-विभोर; गहरी...