KNOW YOUR ANIMALS – DUGONG

Dugong, also known as “sea cow”, is a mammal endemic to the Andamans in India. It has been referred to in European mythology as a mermaid. Distribution Dugongs are found along the coasts of East Africa, the Red Sea and most of coastal Asia through the Philippines and Australia. In India, dugongs are restricted to the coastal waters of the Andamans. Another habitat was the Gulf of Mannar, p....


KNOW YOUR TREES – PORTIA / TULIP TREE

The generic name Thespesia is derived from a Greek word meaning “divine decree”, because it is regarded as a sacred plant, grown in and around sacred places such as churches or temples. The epithet populnea means “of poplars” and indicates the resemblance to the poplar tree. Distribution It is commonly found in the Southern states of India, particularly Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala and....

A STUDY OF THE RAMAYANA AND MAHABHARATA

In this paper, an attempt is made to study the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, both of which represent the ethos of ancient India. The Ramayana. according to tradition, owes its origin to an extraordinary circumstance. A hunter's arrow killed one of a pair of curlews. Moved to pity at this tragic incident, the Sage Valmiki cursed the fowler: he did so in verse, which came out spontaneously from his ....

THE EXTINCTION OF SPECIES – PART II

Manmade extinctions in India The better-known examples of recorded extinctions in India are the pink-headed duck, mountain quill and the cheetah. Numerous varieties of crop plants and breeds of livestock have become extinct in India due to over-dependence on high-yielding and hybrid varieties. In India, 10% of flowering plants, 20% of mammals and 10% of birds are under heavy threat due to human e....