April 21st, 2008


LJ .....

An LJ post about LJ!

But first, a picture of Plumeria alba or the Frangipani, which I shot in the garden while I was locked out of the flat (but that's another story!)

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Last week, it was fun meeting up with usha123; she has a lovely, "green" and eco-friendly home (built that way before such things became fashionable) and she invited us over to see the Spotted Owlets that sat in a nearby tree. We went and stuffed ourselves on the lovely mango rice that she had made for Ugadi; but naturally, with Ms.Murphy's luck, the owlets never showed up! But we had a lovely evening chatting.

And today, I was pinged by wiredforlife, about B R Hills and how to get there, and so on. We had a nice long conversation; he visits JLR properties as regularly as he can, and his favourite is Bhadra he says...but wait until he sees K.Gudi! :)

He's been a reader of my posts and I hope that he's going to comment a little more than he has so far...

I must say that LJ gives me a great sense of community, and while I am sure there are many fringes to it, the part of the LJ pond that I swim in seems familiar and reasonably secure to me. Because I live in Bangalore, many of my LJ friends are my "F2F" (as the techies might say...Face to Face I mean) friends too. I realize that on blogs, "friends" may often be just contacts, not friends, but real friendship does seem to happen on LJ.

But then, I have so many friends whose blogs I follow on Blogger, too, and a few on Wordpress...my friends list takes quite a while to read, and I am happy about that!

My friends' list looks rather like this:

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.... a bunch of fairly nice individuals!

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Here's Kalyan's post .

Two previous posts on the same topic, are :




And click here for one of his beautiful pictures of a leopard:

Wild and free

(pic: Kalyan Varma)

This is yet another example of our conflict with the animals we share our living spaces with....a conflict in which there are no winners, only losers.

I can certainly imagine how the parents of the little girl, and the people of her village, would feel; other villages would also feel endangered. For them, judging this as an "accident" would probably be deeply angering and would add to their sense of frustration that the government is doing nothing to protect them.

But in the process of trying to catch the actual animal, how many leopards are they going to send into captivity, ? What about releasing the little leopard which is obviously not the one being sought in this instance,perhaps after fitting a transponder, as Kalyan suggests?

One of our friends in Kolkata, where I grew up, was one of the few in West Bengal who started using tranquillisers instead of bullets when summoned to kill man-eating tigers in West Bengal. I have seen both animals that are newly-captured, and animals that have been in captivity for a length of time. The former are so obviously in shock and traumatised, half-crazy with fear, struggling to get free; the latter, their spirits broken, are docile shadows of what they are in the wild.

I fully understand the view of one birder in a city I visited in St Louis, who said he would never step into a zoo and see a captive animal...but real life doesn't have black-and-white situations, there are so many shades of grey, and in every tinge it is the poor villagers, AND the poor animals, who suffer, and we in the city read apathetically about the latest news item, click our tongues, and turn the page...

Organizing something

Organizing a voluntary event is one of the most difficult tasks I know. First of all, I have to find out if each and every person is free; then sound each one about the event being proposed; tap into their enthusiasm, sometimes stoking up the same from apathy; making sure everyone has phone nos and details, and making sure small and big things go wrong.

All this is when the event is successfully organized. But before that, I will face the "Oh-I-can't-come"s, the "Let-me-think-about-it"s, and worst of all, the "Who-else-is-coming"s, for whom, going with me is not good enough, there must be "interesting" people coming along.

And then, of course, are the last-minute cancellations....and the people who know how to get cheaper rates than I have negotiated, but couldn't respond in time to do so.

And through it all, I see people who accomplish these thankless tasks, and also do them with a willing smile....

Take a bow, Clean and Green !

Here's what I wrote some time ago ....and this, too