News and Views


Susan Sharma Founder,

Screening of Films World Wide Fund for Nature-India organized a screening of Sarang-The Peacock followed by a painting competition based on the film at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 12th of May 2002.
The program began at 10.45 am. Mr. Nalin Sharma and Mr. Rajpal Singh of WWF-India welcomed the audience. Dr. Susan Sharma introduced the film explaining how the short film is the result of observing peafowls at Tuglakabad Fort area and Deer park, New Delhi for one and a half years. The screening was followed by a painting competition for the children from the audience. They were given freedom to express their impressions about the film they had just seen. The paintings were a riot of colours as the children painted peafowls in the wild. WWF gave out prizes to best paintings in four age groups.

WildScapes - PhotoExhibition at Habitat Centre, New Delhi

" Photography is about light, the right moment and magic. It will appear, sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes longer- you must be ready and let it happen. When it does appear, it is like some very special gift, prepared on a beautiful stage- It is nature"

News........ in association with Fuji Film organized 'WILDSCAPES- Nature and Wildlife by Young Photographers' at the Convention Foyer of Habitat Centre on 11 and 12 May 2002. Five members of Jayant Deshpande, Saurav Ghosh, Rahul Dutta, Aditya Singh and Anantika Singh exhibited their stills taken in Ranthambhore, Mula mutha Bird Sanctuary, Corbett and Sariska and Nainital. The two day exhibition inaugurated by Mr. Vimal Khemka of Jindal Photofilms Ltd. attracted a large number of discerning individuals. A total of 50 photographs were exhibited. Two first prizes one from the 'Nature' section and one from 'wildlife' were sponsored by FujiFilm. 'Behind the Bush' ( picture shown on right) shot by Aditya won the first prize in the 'Wildlife' section.'Lone Twig' by Ramita Chowdhury won the first prize among nature stills. The panel of judges consisted of Ms Madhu Prasad ( Orient Paper Back), Mr. Nalin Sharma, WWF(I), Lt.Col. Ashwin Baindur ( National Defence College) Mr. Shashi Sharma ( G.E Capital) Mr. Praveen Agarwal, ( Agarwal Jaitley Associates) and Mr. M.K.S Pasha (Wildlife Trust of India).

While we received over 150 VERY positive comments in our Visitor's Book reproduced under are some of the remarks which encouraged the effort made by in organizing this photo exhibition.

The thematic display of the photographs was appreciated by many. Special thanks for organizing the display goes to Mr. Sandeep Pandey. , a young and upcoming art gallery expert.

Here is what some of the visitors had to say.

" The work definitely isn't of amateurs. The photographers are gifted and their work talks of complete professionalism. " : Kounteya Sinha

" Excellent. The rare sight of a tiger leaping over a stretch of water is beautiful. " : B.M. Kar

" Awesome effort. And it's such a pleasure to see people indulging in things close to one's heart." : Rahul Banerji

" The photographs are superb- makes you long for the jungles. " : Bhavna Ledle

" Excellent. Our way to motivate Indians to protect nature and its habitat. " : Wg. Cdr. Sharad Chaturvedi

" Makes me want to get out- into the beautiful countryside. " : Dr. M. Parry

" Very Nice, made me think about getting into photography" : Pranay Manchanda

" Great art expunged from the heart of Nature " : Sumeer Rawat

" Pretty good, came very close to reality " : Jaideep Saran

" Please bring this exhibition to Mumbai " : Rani Singh

" Fantastic! Fabulous! Amazing! Feels like just came out of a jungle " : Gayatri Khanna

The last word is by Mr. M.S Gill, Ex-Chief Election Commisioner of India
" See the wildlife of India while it lasts. The photographers capture what is sadly passing away. " : M.S. Gill

Trek in Asola Sanctuary

As a part of the 'Cathay Wilderness Program', the annual event organized by Cathay Pacific Airways to choose winning students for an all paid African Safari, organized a trek to Asola sanctuary ( part of the ridge forest of Delhi) with the help of the Delhi Forest Department. The trek is took place on 3rd of May. Eager students participated from the following Delhi schools.

Presentation Convent
S.M Arya Public School
Kulachi Hansraj Model School
Delhi Public School
Air Force Bal Bharati School
Modern school
Army Public school

The participating teams from colleges were asked to prepare projects on a variety of topics "Air" "Water" "Landuse'' "Garbage" & "Energy" within ten days. The subjects were chosen by eac team by a draw of lots. On 13th the presentations on these topics were arranged at WWF-India at Lodhi Road, New Delhi. A panel of judges consisting of Mr. Shanu Mukherjee, Cathay Pacific airways, Dr. Sandeep Behera, WWf and Dr. Susan Sharma, chose two winning teams from these presentations. These winners will then appear for interviews with the Cathay selectors who will decide on the two lucky winners.


and Views......

Heard at the Yahoo group called " onlineenvironmentalmanagers "

'If most people really cared about ecology politicians would have to do something about it to get votes.'

'Sunday past I listened to a radio program dealing with science. An activist was interviewed who, in my estimation, took the bull by the horns and squarely blamed the PUBLIC - not the politicians for our current environmental problems. He argued that the politician is a creation of the public; he depends upon the public's votes in order to survive. If the public does not give the environment a high priority, neither will the politicians. At the present time, the degree to which people can deny the reality of climate change and the dangers it poses is amazing. The interviewed activist, for example, pointed out that HIS VERY OWN SON, who lives in a large city and hence has no need for a gas guzzling Sports Utility Vehicle, drives - you guessed it - an SUV! Activists today have to face this Alice-in- Wonderland of Climate Change Denial as a simple fact of life. A friend who lives in the U.S. State of New Jersey wrote to tell me that many(?) people in her state LIKE global warming because it means the winters are milder...................'

For those wanting to to go to the Valley of Flowers and beyond during the peak season, here is an offer from Nature Expeditions India (P) Ltd.

Dear Adventure travelers/ Partners,
Greetings from all of us at NEI!

We have had several request from agents/ clients for the group departure tours, so on their demand we enclose a group departure tour for Ladakh's Markha valley, starting in Leh on Monday 5th August and terminating in Leh on Saturday 17th August 2002.

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Best regards, greatly looking forward to hearing from you.
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