People and Animals: Across India, people make space for wildlife even though it comes at a cost. The animals may eat their crops, prey on their livestock, pose a threat to their own life and limb. Despite these inconveniences, many communities don’t persecute wildlife. They may consider the creatures to be embodiments of god in some instances, but they may also put up with them because they think the animals are beautiful. While the media plays up the few extreme instances of human-wildlife confrontations, it doesn’t pay any attention to the many adjustments people make to their lives and livelihoods to accommodate wild creatures. My monthly column in The Hindu celebrates these unsung rural champions of wildlife. I also write about these interactions for the Indian Quarterly, the Caravan, Mint Lounge, The Hindu Businessline, Quartz among others. You can read some of the stories here.
Conservation: I write about wildlife conservation practice and policies for Scroll, The Guardian, Mongabay, The Hindu, The Wire among others. You can read some articles here.
Creatures: While doing research for films, I remember being absorbed by the science and how it changed the way I viewed an animal. I wanted to share that wonderment — that nature can be so inventive.
Journals publish hundreds of papers detailing the results of painstaking research that reveal the astonishing behaviour and abilities of animals. I sieve through these daily to find the most jaw-dropping ones for this column in The Wire. You can read a few articles here.
Travel: Editors send me to places that other writers avoid. I specialise in the remotest and the wildest destinations. Read some of my adventures here
Miscellany: Some articles didn’t fit into the broad categories. So I’m tucking them here for now.