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Wild buzz: Each drop makes India

Ami was gazing at raindrops and an idea gripped her fancy.

columns Updated: Aug 13, 2017 13:15 IST
The Tricolour’s reflection in raindrops on a leaf
The Tricolour’s reflection in raindrops on a leaf(Ami Prabal)

The Tricolour unfurled at the dawn of Independence has inspired Indians.The carefully chosen colours, with the Ashok Chakra placed gloriously at centre stage, harbour a powerful symbolism. Nature photographers have sought to reclaim the Tricolour in vividly coloured birds, flowers and butterflies. One of them, Ami Prabal, captured the Tricolour’s monsoon tryst in a dainty and emphatic image comprising a series of raindrops clinging to an Ixora leaf and necklacing the national flag.

Ami was gazing at raindrops and an idea gripped her fancy. She asked her maid’s child to hold a small Tricolour vertically just behind the drops and she clicked the reflections with a macro lens. She embellished the enigmatic image with meaningful lines that go the heart of India’s sacred covenant at Independence: unity amid diversity.

‘’When the hearts of us, we the people of India, are as pure as morning rays, as transparent as raindrops fallen from the skies, reflecting the white, dignity of peace and harmony; saffron, ardour and valour our souls render; green, blessings the mother nature showers, and Ashok Chakra, the sun that will never stop shining. Thus, the ‘Tiranga’ is made, thus we are made. None of the above four alone can make India, none alone, can destroy it too...’’

Ami is a Gwalior-based lawyer and daughter-in-law of Haryana governor and former UT administrator, Kaptan Singh Solanki. She visits Chandigarh often and sallies forth from the Raj Bhawan to fulfil her passion: capturing birdlife in the Morni jungles and Sukhna wildlife sanctuary and later lending a poetic imagination to the images.

THE HAPPINESS BLOOM

The first jacana recorded in Bhutan and (right) the national flower, Blue poppy. (Pema Kuenzang/T.Yoshida)

Bhutan measures its well-being via a unique concept, Gross National Happiness (GNH), though this quaint Himalayan nation is somewhat unhappy and fearful over the Doklam war clouds drifting eastwards. One of the four pillars of GNH is environment protection and Bhutan has even named its national flower to evoke the joy index and development philosophy. The scientific name ascribed to Bhutan’s national flower, commonly known as the Blue poppy, is Meconopsis gakyidiana. In the vocabulary of Bhutan’s national language, Dzongkha, the word for happiness is ‘gakyid’ and reflects Bhutan’s important cultural aspiration of GNH. ‘Diana’ is the nomenclature term for the flower.

The Meconopsis gakyidiana is a new species to science described by researchers, Toshio Yoshida, Rinchen Yangzom and David Long, and is found in Arunachal Pradesh, Bhutan and China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

Not just a bountiful of blooms but the most beautiful birds flit in Bhutan’s ethereal forests, making it a dream destination. Delhi-based birder Sheila Chhabra described her Bhutan odyssey thus: ‘’We watched the sunrise with the Himalayan monal and Blood pheasants, had breakfast with the Satyr tragopan and lunch with Black-throated parrotbills. Yes, happiness is a place, and its name is Druk Yul - Land of the Thunder Dragon or Bhutan...this was a charmed forest, reminding one of fairy tales and wizards and only magical creatures could live here.’’

Bhutan just added another species to its bird checklist of 722 in the guise of a vagrant Pheasant-tailed jacana. This bird, which is very common across India including the Sukhna lake, was spotted recently in Bhutan for the first time at 4,027 m by senior forester, Pema Kuenzang, at the Dangochong, Soe range, Thimphu.

All well-wishers of birds, blooms and Bhutan fervently pray that war clouds disperse and beauty, peace and happiness resume their rightful monarchy over this blessed nation .

THE RABBIT RIDDLE

Encircled in red, X-ray shows dead foetus in rabbit’s abdomen. (Dr Rajinder S Bajwa)

A female rabbit pet of a brother-sister duo from Nalagarh landed up at the Government Veterinary Hospital, Sector 38 West. The complaint was of a progressive increase in the rabbit’s weight, but strangely enough the animal had displayed reduced appetite over a few weeks. The experienced veterinarian, Dr Rajinder S Bajwa, started off with history-taking. ‘’I came to know that there is a male bunny in the same house and this female had a fall from the terrace of the house. She survived with no fractures but slowly her food intake decreased. Upon physical examination, I discerned something hard in her abdomen,’’ Dr Bajwa told this writer.

An X-ray showed a small foetus. ‘’The culprit was the male bunny as he had secretly fathered a baby in my patient. The foetus died during the terrace fall of mommy bunny and was now degenerating inside her. The dead foetus either becomes infected or its water gets reabsorbed and it acts as a foreign body inside the dam and sustains further complications. Somehow, mommy bunny had not aborted that dead foetus and that accounted for her suffering. An emergency abdominal surgery was performed to remove the festering foetus and restore Mommy’s health,’’ he explained.

Question is, did Mommy jump off the terrace in desperation?

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