Archive for January 2009

Living Wild…

January 22, 2009

imageI have been selected to go to Melghat Tiger Reserve which is located on southern offshoot of the Satpura Hill Range in Central India, called Gavilgarh hill in the Indian state of Maharashtra for this entire week for my organization. I am going there as a part of Melghat Bio Diversity Impact Study where we will be volunteering to help the villagers to reduce their dependency on sharing the natural resources with the Tiger.

Melghat area was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1974. The northeastern boundary of the Reserve is marked by the Tapti river. Melghat is the prime bio-diversity repository of the state.

Protection and habitat management are the main inputs here. Issues related to high degree of man-animal conflict are tackled on a priority basis. The Reserve area has been divided into three zones for management purposes and to strike a balance between bio-diversity conservation and ecologically sustainable community development.
During monsoon, special protection squads carry out foot patrolling to curb the hunting of sambar and wild boar by the local people. Similar squads are established during the summer for fire protection works. Injuries and killing of human beings by tiger, leopard and sloth bears is another conflict.

Some of the species that are usually spotted there are the Tigers, leopards, sloth bear, wild dog, jackal, sambar, gaur, barking deer, nilgai, chital, chausingha, ratel, flying squirrel, wild boar, langur, Rhesus monkey, porcupine, pangolin, mouse deer, python, otter, caracal, blacknaped hare. More than 700 naturalised plant species have been enlisted in the Flora of Melghat. These species belong to about 400 genera representing as many as 97 families.

Sunset At MelghatThe activities that we are to undertake are to study bio diversity signs such as wild herbivore sightings, pellets and spoor; signs of tiger and other carnivores; tree and grasses and bird life. It seems that there are some 365 types of species aka reptiles that live and breed in those jungles.

This is going to be so much fun, as this is going to be my first wild life adventure. They have advised us to carry lot of warm clothes as the temperature drops down to 8 degrees and we will be living in tents. Now, for me this surely is an experience of a life time. Never done it and doing any thing first time has its own sets of anxiousness and a level of excitement as well. I am looking forward for that eerie silence of the night, the alertness of walking through the jungles, the rush to spot a wild animal ooooo just can’t wait.

Adios till next week.


Believe… Series Part IV

January 21, 2009

Believe ….The best is yet to Come.






Believe… Series Part III

January 21, 2009

Realization is a big step towards any change for the better.


Stay in touch




Believe… Series Part II

January 21, 2009

Some of these have made me look up while some have been just a wake up call.







Believe… Series Part I

January 21, 2009

Some times pictures say a lot more than our words do. I therefore started a series of words and pictures called “Believe” where I have just seemed to connect with some of the pictures more strongly first and then going along with their words which formed a connection in my thoughts and beliefs.

Believe is a belief in yourself. We all have different meanings to “Believe”. Whether its in your language or mine – its a Belief in US. A Belief in You and what you can achieve or conquer in life. Hope you do “Believe”.







Don’t Worry, Be Blissful!

January 18, 2009

– By Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda

There was a wise and compassionate king. Once a woman came and complained to him that her husband was ill-treating her because she could not bear a child.
Another man came to him and grumbled that his children were after his wealth and ill-treating him. A poor man petitioned him for money and lamented saying how wretched he was to be poor. A rich man came to the king and complained that he had no real friends & every one was nice to him because of his wealth.

The king, after talking to many people, found that the same things – children, money, and health – repeated induced people to worry and be sad. Money was needed by one, but was causing sorrow to another. The king hit upon a novel idea: what if we open a Worry Exchange (WE), can’t people come and exchange their worries? A person who was unhappy without children could exchange his worry with another who was unhappy because he had children? A rich man who was unhappy could trade his worry with a poor man who needs money.

So the WE was inaugurated. The king’s subjects arrived at the WE. They stood around and talked, talked and talked.. WE stayed open until dusk. Not one person came forward to barter or swap his own worry with another’s worry.

The king was disappointed. He enquired from his subjects why no one came forward to trade worries. The subjects replied in one voice: we prefer to live with the worries we know, rather than exchange them for something that we do not know! Worries become, over time, our crutches, our companions. We feel lost without them. We need them to justify our behavior and depend on them to lead our daily life.

Our worries have no meaning or purpose. Tell people to write down their worries in our Life to look at this list after three or six months. Most find that 90% of the worries never materialized. The 10% that did were good for them!

If we allow ourselves to release our grip from worries and relax in the present, then we can begin an intimate, spiritual journey. The purpose of our life is to journey inwards and experience bliss not to indulge in wasteful worries.

Just Three Words?

January 18, 2009

There are many things that we can do to perk up and strengthen our interpersonal relationships, Yet the most effective involves the saying of just three words:

I Miss You.”

Perhaps more marriages could be saved and strengthened if couples simply and sincerely said to each other “I Miss You”.This powerful affirmation tells partners they are wanted, needed, desired and loved Consider how ecstatic you would feel, if you received an unexpected phone call from your spouse in the middle of your workday just to say “I Miss You”.

“I Respect You.”

Respect is another way of showing love. Respect conveys the feeling that another person is a true equal. If you talk to your children as if they were adults you will strengthen the bonds and become close friends. This applies to all interpersonal relationships.

I’ll Be There.”

If you have ever had to call a friend in the middle of the night, to take a sick child to hospital, or when your car has broken down some miles from home, you will know how good it feels to hear the phrase “I’ll be there.” Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we are truly present for other people, important things happen to them and us. We are renewed in love and friendship. We are restored emotionally and spiritually. Being there is at the very core of civility.

“Maybe You’re Right.”

This phrase is highly effective in diffusing an argument and restoring frayed emotions. The flip side to “maybe your right” is the humility of admitting, “Maybe I’m wrong”. Let’s face it. When you have a heated argument with someone, all you do is cement the other person’s point of view. They, or you, will not change their stance and you run the risk of seriously damaging the relationship between you. Saying “maybe you’re right” can open the door to further explore the subject, in which you may then have the opportunity to get your view across in a more rational manner.

“Please Forgive Me.”

Many broken relationships could be restored and healed if people would admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults, foibles and failures. A man should never be ashamed to own up that he has been in the wrong, which is saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

I Thank You.”

Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy the companionship of good, close friends are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness. On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is severely constricted often do not have the attitude of gratitude.

Count On Me.”

Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship. It is the emotional glue that bonds people. Those that are rich in their relationships tend to be steady and true friends.When troubles come, a good friend is there indicating you can “count on me.”

“Let Me Help.”

The best of friends see a need and try to fill it. When they spot a hurt they do what they can to heal it. Without being asked, they pitch in and help.

I Understand You.”

People become closer and enjoy each other more if they feel the other person accepts and understands them. Letting your spouse know in so many little ways that you understand them is one of the most powerful tools for healing your relationship This applies to any relationship.

I Love You.”

Perhaps the most important three words that you can say. Telling someone that you truly love them satisfies a person’s deepest emotional needs. The need to belong, to feel appreciated and to be wanted. Your family, your friends and you, all need to hear those three little words. “I Love You.”