Potholes + a fake crashed car + curious citizens = urban India?

The other day I came across this installation in the middle of a busy Bangalore intersection that had people rather intrigued. Passing cars were slowing down in the middle of the road so that their passengers could take photos of the commotion.

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Indian tiger reserves: tourism ban and conservation charges

In recent years, India has seen a dramatic increase in the number of high-end ecotourism facilities around tiger reserves and an accompanying increase in the numbers of tourists. This has caused a degradation of fragile tiger habitat and last year a local NGO filed a public interest petition to the Supreme Court, aimed at curtailing tourist numbers.

Source: National Tiger Conservation Authority

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that there is to be no tourism in the “core” areas of tiger reserves.

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Western Ghats world heritage: label or catalyst for action

The Western Ghats in India tell a fascinating tale of competing interests and agendas. Recently declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO after a persistent 10-year campaign by the Indian Government, the Ghats have been the subject of a number of different agendas, pursued by conservationists, state and central government officials, UN officials, Indian and international scientists, forest-dweller activists and development and mining advocates alike.

No one can dispute that the Western Ghats, a 1600km mountain range stretching along the west coast of India, are a “biodiversity hotspot, containing over 5 000 flowering plants, 139 mammals, 508 birds and 179 amphibian species”.

Map of Western Ghats, IndiaSource: IUCN

This stunning timelapse photography by renowned wildlife photographer Sandesh Kadur gives you a glimpse into that other world. 

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Kids “stop the drop” and save water

Occasionally, you come across a fresh take on a very old issue and the students from Christel House in Bangalore have certainly done just that with their music video “Stop the Drop”.

Screenshot from music video “Stop the Drop”

They rap about saving water and “by using sound effects created by splashing, dripping, pouring, and even flushing water…they have reinvented and emphasized the way human beings interact with one of our most precious resources”.

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Exploring Bangalore: with a local freelance photographer

It is always a challenge moving to a new city when you don’t have an initial group of contacts, such as colleagues, fellow interns or other students. This is the situation I find myself in at the moment, as I am working on independent NGO and consulting projects.

I decided that I really needed to meet more people, so when I discovered the blog of a local freelance photographer I decided to contact her. Having only recently moved to Bangalore herself, she was keen to meet up and I was lucky enough to join her and some friends as they went out shooting (or “clicking” in the local lingo) in Bangalore for an assignment.

Temples

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