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The speaking stump

An ode to a jungle jalebi tree that continues to attract a host of birds including parakeets, woodpeckers, and squirrels even after it’s been cut down

Nom nom: A rose ringed parakeet feasting on ripe jungle jalebi (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 06:24 PM IST

Essay: First roti to the cow; first bite to the dog

A middle-aged man in a village in western Uttar Pradesh feeds stray dogs, a normal practice in his community. Dogs are an integral part of our culture.

The great Indian stray (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 09:13 PM IST

Essay: Titahri Tales

The discovery of a red-wattled lapwing’s nest provokes a rumination on the many folk beliefs about this high strung bird with a hysterical shriek

A red-wattled lapwing(Prerna Jain)
Published on Aug 04, 2023 10:12 PM IST

Essay: The lost monkey swings of Tughlaqabad

The author reminisces about swings in the month of sawan, but also reflects on the disappearance of swings for monkeys in the Tughlaqabad area.

Swinging along. (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 08:28 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Essay: Following the white squirrel

The appearance of a squirrel sets off a meditation on our feelings for the creatures that provide hours of entertainment in gardens

A white squirrel in the writer’s garden (Prerna Jain)
Updated on May 31, 2023 10:03 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Essay: On the animal instinct of mothering

While mothers of all species are protective, birds and animals are better than humans at setting their children free

A yellow-footed green pigeon protecting her brood from a rufous treepie (Prerna Jain)
Updated on May 15, 2023 08:45 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Essay: Of avian romance in the Capital

From the loud anthem of the brown-headed barbet to the frenetic dance of the purple sunbird, love is in the air for Delhi’s birds

Purple sunbirds (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 06:18 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Essay: Hit by a semal flower

A meditation on the appearance of these magnificent blooms that signal spring in Delhi

A feasting squirrel (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 05:25 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Essay: Leaving mulch to be desired

Manure, vegetable waste and dry leaves are precious materials much sought after by every avid gardener. Author and photographer Prerna Jain writes about the enduring passion for composting that she developed during the lockdown

A view of the author’s garden. (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Jan 04, 2023 07:01 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Essay: My feathered friends are homeless

On the sad loss of a green spot that has pushed out numerous birds and small animals from a Delhi neighbourhood

“Colourful Parrots were regular visitors, thanks to the wild fruit trees that thrived on this fertile piece of land.” (Prerna Jain)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 04:12 AM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Essay: On my feathered friends

Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you

Yellow footed green pigeon (Prerna Jain)
Updated on May 07, 2022 06:22 PM IST
ByPrerna Jain

Photo feature: My Feathered Friends by Prerna Jain

Delhi is home to a dazzling variety of birds. A few birders like Prerna Jain discover the wonders in their own back gardens. A selection of her photographs

Welcome visitors: A peahen and her chicks once made Prerna Jain’s garden their home for a week!(Prerna Jain)
Updated on Sep 16, 2017 04:18 PM IST
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