If I had no sense of humor….

If I had no sense of humor….

-Susan Sharma


“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide” is a quote by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.


People of all ages and cultures respond to humour.  Just like people of all ages and cultures respond to nature and wildlife.  So it was just fitting that the British Council organized an exhibition and talk on “Cartoons for Climate” on 15th january, 2010.  The exhibition had more than 50 entries selected from over 5000 entries received from all over India. The themes were,

  Drought and water shortage,   Deforestation and rain forest destruction,   Melting of the ice caps,   Role of industry in polluting the  atmosphere,  Devastation of our seas and
     disappearance of marine life,  Climate change in an urban environment.



The polar bear reaching out for her mobile , to register for ballet classes, and her angst at dropping the mobile- very much summed up the mood of the youngsters who participated in the contest from all over India.  Their cartoons need to be seen and the unheard voices heard.





Ajit Ninan, Cartoonist from the Times of India,  drawing an on the spot cartoon.



Visit the link below to see more cartoons and vote for your favourites!








CANON WILD CLICKS (Corbett National Park, April 2-4, 2010)

Are you interested in nature and wildlife photography? Have you sent entries to a photography contest and kept wondering why your photograph was not shortlisted? Do you always wonder what was missing in your photograph while entering a contest?

Canon in association with Nature Wanderers announces the launch of Canon Wild Clicks – India’s first LIVE photography contest in Corbett National Park (April 2-4, 2010) that aims to give a platform to amateur and hobbyist photographers to showcase their skills and mettle in a unique competition that will ensure an equal level play field for all participants.
With a cap on equipments being used, participants will be put in identical situations and shooting conditions in a defined time frame thus putting all participants on an equal platform. The winners will be chosen on the spot and will be rewarded instantaneously!

The contest will be judged by leading wildlife film-maker, photographer and conservationist – Mike Pandey who would also be having an interactive session with participants in Delhi.

The event is also supported by Earth Matters Foundation which is India’s leading NGO dedicated to environment and wildlife conservation under the guidance of Mike Pandey.

Prize Distribution Ceremony - Prizes over INR 100,000/- to be given!
Winning photographs to be showcased at Canon Image Lounges and the Kunzum Art Gallery and to be published in leading publications

Registrations are open till March 15, 2010
Visit for contest details


World House Sparrowday

Why celebrate a house sparrow day?  Because, the lowly but sturdy sparrows are a good indicator of bio diversity and their decline in urban areas is proof that we have succumbed to chemical fertilizers and pesticides, not only in agricultural fields which are around us but also in the small kitchen gardens next to our homes.

20th March 2010 was celebrated as the first Worldhousesparrowday.  Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit unveiled a nest box for sparrows made by "NatureForever" while Mr. Asad Rahmani of BNHS looked on.

That the Chief Minister of Delhi spared time for the cause is proof that organic gardens in and around our homes must show the way for sparrows.  The CM herself has converted the compound of her bungalow to a "Green Canopy" open to public for nature trails. Fruit bats outside the CM's house kept a cacophony going at the inaugural function held at her residence.

Write-up about fruit bats at the interpretation Centre at 3, Motilal Nehru Place

Mrs. Barrack Obama hosting organic lunches for children from produce of her kitchen garden made news recently.  Realization is dawning worldwide that we need to say no to chemical fertilizers and pesticides, to protect ourselves, if not the sparrows.  Sparrows are but an indicator of what is in store for our future generations.

The vermi compost pit Sheila Dixit's organic garden Ms Lima Rosalind explaining the digital kiosk at the interpretation centre to a visitor.

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