News and Views

News & Views

Dr. Susan Sharma


In keeping with the three month focus on 'Conserving the Indian Elephant', we have uploaded an online contest " See the movie, Write a Story and Win Prizes too ". Our team has created a touching screen saver on elephant behaviour (Photographed by Karan Bisht, Tour Guide, Corbett National Park) which tells a story. What can this story be? Are we humans sensitive enough to understand the emotions and anxieties of these gentle pachyderms? We would request all of you to participate in the online story writing contest, which is on till February 28, 2003. Details of the contest are given on the homepage of

Our online chat sessions are picking up slowly, thanks to the patience and perseverance of Mr. Mahendra Vyas. You can read a short transcription of this month's chat on "Migratory Birds" elsewhere on the homepage of The topic for next month's chat will be " The Asian Elephant". So please be there on 18th of January, 2003, between 7.30PM and 8.30 PM (IST).

We have received an email from Oksana Borowik, a producer at the Discovery Channel asking for help in documenting stories from Kerala. The mail is reproduced under. Members from Kerala may like to respond.

From: Oksana Borowik <>
To: "''"

Subject: Discovery Channel Documentary
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 13:17:43 -0500
X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2655.55)
I am a producer at the Discovery Channel currently doing research for a documentary on Kerala. I was wondering if you know of any people that I can contact that are doing research on animals or the environment in the area or the story of a person who is trying to save or find an endangered animal, etc...
If you know of any good stories that could be used in the documentary I would very much appreciate to hear them. I look forward to hearing from you.

Joydip Kundu & Rajarshi Banerji of Calcutta are organizing a photo-exhibition called"WildFrames". Here is the announcement.

"Beautiful natural images and objects nourish human beings the way nothing else can – as you know just nothing can be the substitute for Mother Nature and her splendor.

We are two photographic artists with a passion to capture on film the sheer beauty of the wilderness and its denizens in this magical land of ours. Our fond hope is to instill the appreciation for wildlife and nature in others by sharing our captured images with them.

WILDEFRAMES seek to propagate the message of conservation by exhibiting the treasures of wildlife, flora and landscape. Thus the primary objective of WILDEFRAMES is not to prove our photographic talents but to capture Mother Nature before her riches vanish from the sinning earth.

WILDEFRAMES is to be held from December 22nd till 26th,2002 (2pm to 8pm daily, except 22nd.) at Gaganendra Shilpa Prodorshoshala (Kolkata Information Center), which as you know is part of the cultural hub of Kolkata.

Joydip Kundu & Rajarshi Banerji
Mail : "

And Views………….

" ………..Just beyond the ticket booth Father had painted on a wall in bright red letters the question:DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO? An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror. …………."

From Page 31 of 'Life of Pi ' by Yann Martel

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