Animals

  • Man vs Avni: Why We Are All Responsible for the Tigress’s Death

    Avni’s fate was sealed the moment she first came into conflict with humans. But there is no glory to be gained in hunting endangered animals, even if they’re supposedly man-eaters, and each life lost is a sign of the failure of our conservation efforts.

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  • A Dog Experiences War. We Call it Diwali

    We are under attack. Almost every minute a bomb goes off. From the window I can see children with guns and soldiers running around yelling code words at each other, “Happy Diwali! Happy Diwali!”

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  • Dogs Kutte VS Kaminey: The Neverending Battle Between Dogs and Bikers

    Dog is a man’s best friend, and a biker’s worst enemy. Stories about being chased by dogs is to motorcyclists what having famous parents is to Bollywood debutantes – Can you even call yourself the genuine article if you don’t have any?

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  • bat Enter the Dragon: My Battle with a Bat, Straight Out of Game of Thrones

    I am surprised at the number of perfectly rational people who display phobias like the fear of household lizards and heights. And I was perfectly rational too… until a bat entered my room, looking like a mini dragon, while I watched Game of Thrones.

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  • Rats An Ode to Mumbai’s Spirit Animal: The Resilient Rat

    The humble rat has proved that he is a Mumbaikar to the core. He’s got it all – the die-hard spirit, the indifference to unhygienic surroundings, the apathy to the din of construction and an immune system that quaffs anything edible, and lives to tell the tale.

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  • The Agony of Seeing My Dog Age

    I took in a two-month-old spaniel to impress my girlfriend when I was 16. Sure, that relationship ended soon after. But Zippy has been my pillow, a silent yet effective shoulder to lean on. And seeing her age, is more painful that any heartbreak I’ve ever experienced.

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  • Bow Wow, Mumbai: The City Through the Eyes of its Strays

    Some of Mumbai’s many stories reside with its stray dogs. A new picture book on our canine compatriots, gloriously named Tamatar or Periappa or Whiskey, tells us a lot about the city’s streeties – and a fair bit about us.

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  • Dogorrhea: The Deadly Disease that Plagues Doggy Moms

    Dogorrhea is a medical condition that affects one in every twenty humans on the planet. If you are a dog owner, you are most likely already infected. Dogorrhea makes people believe that anyone who isn’t besotted with canines is an asshole. And anyone who isn’t a canine is an idiot.

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  • CatDog I’m a Cat (and Dog) Person

    I’ve realised the sound logic behind the reason why people choose to be either cat or dog people. Living with the two is like being the referee at a tennis match. Actually, it’s like being the tennis ball.

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  • How to Train Your Elephant

    Gajendra is the senior-most elephant in the famous Mysuru Dasara procession. We take you behind the scenes as he prepares for D-Day.

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