To Connect. To Feel. To Empathize. Weather patterns are changing. Deforestation is accelerating climate change. This sorry state of affairs has extended to the oceans as well. Overfishing and rampant dumping is seriously endangering the marine ecosystem. There has never been a more urgent need to re-engage with nature. We have been away from nature for far too long and what was once an interdependent relationship, has now become a one-way street.
Where we have just been taking and not giving back in the same measure. The premise of this book is to reawaken the ‘kindred spirit’ feeling with nature. It believes that when we go back to nature, we will be able to get the relationship going. The book is written as a collection of adventures, memories and thrilling encounters with wildlife over 40 years of trails and treks of the Wilson College Nature Club in biodiversity across India. The pages chronicle amazing creatures, plants, herbs, animals, birds and everything that makes nature so fascinating. It is the voice of a nature lover keen to get people off their couches and screens to experience nature at their own pace. It is meant to rekindle the desire to go out there and give Mother Nature much needed TLC.
Sudhakar Solomonraj is a professor of Political Science at Wilson College, Mumbai. He dons several hats, that of a nature conservationist, environmental health advocate, and nature conservation educator since 1983.
He represented Western Region as part of the Indian team at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International at Asissi, Italy. He is also one of the founding members and currently, staff advisor to the Wilson College Nature Club. For the last four decades, he has organised nature camps across the country in an effort to make the Nature Club members fall in love with and protect India’s wilderness. He has been associated with the Silent Valley Movement and the Narmada Bachao Andolan.
Sanctuary Asia awarded him the ‘Green Teacher’ award in 2010.