Wilson College Nature Club's Journeys and Conversations about Biodiversity in India

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.

About the Author

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.

Reviews and Appreciation

"Living Nature is a very well-written book that shows us a world around us that we never notice. It’s simple and elegant in terms of content and style. Even the print quality and layout is amazing - probably much better than western books. Upon finishing the book, I am ready to become an avid bird-watcher."

E.R. Raj Narayanan
CMO, Ultra Tech

"Its like sitting with Sir and listening to him in person. Strongly recommend the book".

Dr. Shamim Suryavanshi  
Author and Educator

"Worth buying, worth owning. A collective account of a collective, sustained effort! Well done indeed! The styling of the pages and colours gave an impression reminiscent of Lonely Planet and Footprint books. It is a reference book too with the various points distilled from the books mentioned at the back as well as personal knowledge and insights. Truly a book to own and refer to again and again. As one steps back a little one can truly appreciate the selfless and forthright contributions from so many many people. At once a feeling of humbleness and pride. Wow! Extremely well done Team Living Nature!!"

Rajendra K Apte
Chief Engineer LNG Ships

"I am enjoying every page of the book. It’s so beautifully written and put together with lovely pictures, fonts and maps. Each page has something to offer in so many ways. I could so easily relate to the stories and the language is so rich. Applaud the hard work put in by the team. A must for all nature lovers!"

Sunita Bhati
Lecturer at a Delhi Government School

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Wilson College Nature Club's Journeys and Conversations about Biodiversity in India

About the Wilson College Nature Club (WCNC)

The Wilson College Nature Club, popularly known as WCNC, was founded in 1979, by Professors and Students of Wilson College, Mumbai, India, with a vision to create awareness on environment conservation amongst young adults.