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AWESOME AHMEDABAD! PIGEONS EAT FOOD FROM MIDDLE, LOW INCOME GROUP PEOPLE; EXCRETE IN APARTMENTS, HOMES OF THE RICH

In a world where humans have taken over the animal world, some places are setting a different example. Feral pigeons (Columba livia) are known worldwide for their notorious behaviour. They occupy buildings and houses and breed quite fast and make things dirty too. People set up nets and other protection to ward off these pests, but to no avail. They are found abundantly in almost every city. Many other birds are chased off by these feral pigeons and hence are not able to build their nest in their territory.

 In the Anandnagar area of Ahmedabad city, there is a different trend, however. Just opposite the shattered and...

A lesson into why maldharis in the Gir forest know lions so well as to name them as Rajyo, Shekara, Maulana, Ram and Shyam

A few days ago, I decided to visit the famous Gir forest, which is known as the only habitat of the Asiatic lion. Instead of adopting the usual “official” route to spot the big cat through a sponsored tourist operator, which is what most people do, I decided – along with a friend and a relative – to move into the forest on our own. We hired a bike at a town called Jetpur, where I got down early in the morning following a long and tedious night-long journey in a state transport bus. We began our 71-km-long trip on the bike at around 9.30 am to reach Satadhar, a village bordering the Gir forest, where we were to spend our night at a far...

Aftermath of tragedy in Uttarakhand has a grim tale to tell: Women toil hard to work, jobless men drink away their earnings

After a long and exhausting journey of three days, we finally reached Khumera village in Ukhimath tehsil (taluka) of Rudraprayag district Uttarakhand. Our journey started from Ahmedabad on October 24, 2013 with few people from the Vishwagram Trust, which is located in Mehsana, Gujarat. The Vishwagram Trust took the initiative to assist youths of Uttarakhand in getting jobs, either locally or outside. Those willing would be brought to Gujarat and trained in vocational programmes at the Dalit Shakti Kendra, located near Sanand town in Ahmedabad district.

These courses would include ph...