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Winged Friends

South India’s country sides are filled with birds. A perfect sunrise or sunset in the villages or farms are accompanied by many different sounds of birds. From the shrill calls of the peacock to the owl hoots, birds are an integral part of this eco-system.

We live in the wide open country-side, near Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. Here are a few of our winged neighbors that I could capture through camera lens.

Pretty peacocks (Mayil in Tamil) come in plenty…


Evenings are show time with pretty feathers and bold ventures….

Peacock Dance

Cattle egrets are common birds. They are constant companions for grazing cows. We often see them in large numbers, flying behind tractors, and resting on cows. They are known as unni kokku in Tamil as they feed on the unni (ticks) on cattle.


Sun birds are regular visitors, feeding on hibiscus flowers. Male birds have shiny black feathers, while females are white and brown colours. The Tamil name is thenchittu as they feed on honey (then).


The greater coucal is a type of cuckoo.. this bird is common in the both cities and villages. Their calls are deep throated and loud echoing “coo coo” sounds. The common Tamil name is shenbagam or senboothu.


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Nature trails


Ooty… lush greenery, serene lake, and of late crowded with tourists. Ooty botanical gardens have remained the tourist’s favorite for a long time. A search for other attractions led us to the Rose Gardens.

Roses in all colours and sizes abound the rose gardens.  The view is spectacular with thousands of roses, and the Ootacamund valley in the backdrop.


Red rose


All colours and hues …

Purple rose

And white being no exception…



One more white beauty

White rose

Dazzling in te bright sunlight..

Yellow rose

Soft, gentle and happy roses :)


As also majestic and splendid beauty…

Rose Ooty

Is not beauty all about peace, joy and cheerfulness ?

Roses ooty


Every time I think of these roses, my mind becomes overcome with peace and happiness.

Village Bliss

Life in the middle of no where

My life in wide open spaces for I live neither in a farm land nor in a village

Open farms


Pristine, fresh and green surroundings throughout


Green lands


With only wind mills to give us company



And, our two native breeds dogs

Native India breed

Native Indian Pariah dog


Every new day starts bright and cheerful

Open door


So much of life and energy brimming around


It is here that I have started to learn, accept and live !

Parenting Joys

Schooling… Or Learning… Or Living ?

The past nine months, ever since I returned home from hospital with my new born daugher, I have been learning so many precious lessons on life. It is amazing to see how every baby is born with the basic survival instinct. She knows what she wants right from day one. When she was around three months old, our native breed dog gave birth to beautiful pups, but tragically died a month later. Watching over the two pups grow up without their mother taught me even more precious lessons on what life and survival are all about. Three months later, we bought home five newly hatched chickens. Watching them grow up is sooo much revealing.


Now that there are so many new borns around me, it has set me thinking on what education is. There is this strong voice booming in my head that says a rigid curriculum or fixed hours or examination and grading patterns are totally unsuited for a child. Will it actually help a child or would it just kill the inborn learning instinct in every new life?

The very thought that learning stops with high school or university is baseless. Learning continues throughout life till the very last breath. So Education is not about stuffing facts or knowledge.. it is more about kindling the passion to learn life long. It is more about helping her understand what she wants and making her sulf sufficient to learn what she wants life long.

Peacock bookmark

Do any conventional or alternate school help with this… Or will practical life be the best environment for equipping her with these skills? Home schooling, and in specific unschooling and┬áseem to make more sense now…!