March 28th, 2012

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Day care and night care for children...

My friend, Saritha Rai, has started a new fortnightly column in the New York Times online-

click here to read her article on day care, and night care

I posted this on a mailing list to which I belong, and here are two responses:

cybersurg (he doesn't post on LJ) SS

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And from cheeni (he no longer posts in LJ, like so many others):


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My response to this:

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Society, and lifestyles, continue to evolve, and often at an accelerated pace....we are on a roller-coaster ride, and do not really know where we, and our children, are headed.
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The smallest bird...

...I'm not sure if this is the smallest bird in India, but it must be one of the smallest. It's also a very common bird....but it's so incredibly beautiful!

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They come out when the sun does, and so, their name is rather apt, along with the fact that the sunshine brings out their wonderful colours....

This is the

PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRD

and this one is a male, on the leaves of the Rain Tree.
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The Grizzled Giant Squirrels of Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, JLR

The

GRIZZLED GIANT SQUIRREL

is listed as "near-threatened" by IUCN.

We are extremely lucky to have quite a few of these beautiful arboreal animals, about 100km from Bangalore, in the

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

and more specifically, at the

Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp of Jungle Lodges and Resorts

Though KM had the squirrel pointed out to him by Bharat and Alim, who run the adventure activities at the resort, while we were having an afternoon nap, I was feeling bad that Poornima, Kannan and the twins, Suhas and Supriya, had never seen them. So I was thrilled when Tanu, who is on the staff at JLR, told me he's also very interested in these animals, and right at dusk, as we prepared to leave, he called us to see them.

The sun was setting and the light was fading rapidly; and we were, of course, looking directly up into the canopy. But I managed a few shots and videos (and I am sure the others have got much better pictures!).

Here's the squirrel, looking down at us while "on the munch":


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Here's the short video I took:




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