articles by Vrushal Pendharkar

India

With The Unquiet River, historian Arupjyoti Saikia plays biographer to the Brahmaputra, charts its ever-shifting course

One can hardly imagine Assam without the Brahmaputra, says historian Dr Arupjyoti Saikia

science

River Ganga and its boats have become far too noisy for the river dolphins to communicate

Boats plying on the Ganga for cargo and leisure purposes is leading to an increase in underwater noise levels.

India

Marine ecologist Divya Karnad, 2019 Future of Nature awardee, on working towards sustainable fishing

Marine ecologist Divya Karnad has been working with fisherfolk along the Coromandel and the Konkan coasts, with a desire to bring about change in unsustainable fishing practices. This work has won her the prestigious Future of Nature Award for 2019.

Life

The Re-Origin of Species: Should extinct animals be given a second chance at life? A new book offers some answers

Many scientists across the world are trying to bring back lost species, like the mammoth, passenger pigeon and even the dinosaur, to life. Torill Kornfeldt, a Swedish science journalist, visited many of these scientists in their laboratories to find out how far they had reached in their individual quest.

Life

On the trail of the grey ghost: Stalking the elusive snow leopard in the hills of Kyrgyzstan

One region where researchers are on a quest to unravel the secretive ways of the snow leopard is the Shamshy wildlife sanctuary which is a three hours' drive south-east from the capital Bishkek.

Life

Rosh Hashanah: For Bengaluru's Israeli Jewish community New Year celebrations hold special meaning

Rosh Hashanah is a two day celebration that marks the dawn of a new year for Jews around the world

Life

At the GSLEP 2017 summit, a pledge to protect the snow leopard's future, and its habitat

At the GSLEP summit held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan between 24-25 August, the governments of 12 countries where the snow leopard is found, committed to secure the future of these cats and pledged to protect the mountains they roam.

Life

Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature offers a portrait of the late prime minister as an environmentalist

Jairam Ramesh's book — Indira Gandhi: A Life In Nature — is a decent effort, coming during Mrs Gandhi’s birth centenary year, to piece together a life immersed in nature although her day job would have been to cater to needs of a developing nation.

Life

The Lost City of the Monkey God: Douglas Preston chronicles the discovery of an ancient civilisation

If you are a collector of legends or have a weakness for adventure stories, The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston, should be a cover-to-cover read. Regardless, the book is a brilliant story of a lost city as there might not be many left to discover in our times.

Life

Zanzibar: The tropical paradise David Livingstone called 'the most beautiful place on Earth'

Zanzibar has a bit of everything for everyone – for the history buff, the adventurer or a leisure seeking traveller.

India

Kaziranga-BBC row: Do we need to rethink how we conserve an endangered species?

The controversy over Kaziranga forest department officials allegedly shooting poachers on sight prompts the question: Is there a way to protect animals, and human life?

Life

My mother influenced my writing: Kanishk Tharoor on his literary household, reading, football

Kanishk Tharoor has been described by Amitav Ghosh as not only a gifted but an extraordinarily talented writer. Here he discuss growing up in a famous literary household, the importance of reading and his love for football.

Life

Taking Wings and Winning: KV Subramaniam's memoir of Reliance Life Sciences years is for all leaders

Taking Wings and Winning serves as a reminder of the journey Reliance Life Sciences with KV Subramaniam, at its helm, has undertaken so far

Entertainment

Barry is Netflix's portrait of US President Barack Obama as a young man

Barry, the new Netflix film, traces the early period of Barack Obama’s college life at Columbia University, in the fall of August 1981.

Life

The Curry Coast review: Discover a very different Kerala with Binoo K John's witty, at times poignant book

Just before the turn of the century when Kerala started to tempt the intrepid Indian traveller and began to emerge on India’s tourist map, now senior journalist Binoo K John decided to travel through the region of Malabar, 500 years after Vasco da Gama first landed on the shores of Calicut.

Life

Slow Food: Why we need a movement to halt the advent of the fast, junk food culture

To feed a healthy generation of manpower, India would do well to gather old foods from history and treat its soil and water with respect.

Entertainment

Before the Flood review: State-of-the-earth docu is Leonardo DiCaprio's greatest role so far

Leonardo DiCaprio's Before the Flood is a timely and important film putting in perspective the current state of our only home

Entertainment

The Ivory Game review: An epic documentary that goes undercover into the sinister underbelly of trafficking

The Ivory Game with its fantastic natural shots and real-life tradings of ivory hopes to spark an emotional outcry among opinion leaders, politicians and audiences around the world in saving an iconic species of the natural world.

Life

Wildlife photographer Nayan Khanolkar: 'Ignore nature, and you'll have to pay a price'

Mumbai-based wildlife photographer Nayan Khanolkar was one of the winners of the prestigious Wildlife Photography Awards. He tells us how he got the picture of the leopard, that won him the prize.

Life

White gold: Will burning our ivory stockpile prevent poaching of Indian elephants?

Is destroying our stockpile of ivory, like Kenya did earlier this year, a solution to the problem of trade in the 'white gold' that results in several elephants dying slow, agonising deaths?