A story of Bagwaal, by Frederique Lacraz

We left Dhikuli village with Sumantha Ghosh, Paramveer Singh Hayer, Oli Gray-Read, Pascale, Eric and Sarah-Eve Longsworth and myself and headed to the mountain areas to reach the village of Devidhura. The village is situated at the trijunction of Almora, Pithoragarh & Nainital districts. A unique feature of the fair is the image of the goddess, kept in a locked brass casket. This casket is taken in a procession to a nearby mountain spring where a blindfolded priest ritually bathes the image and replaces it in the casket.The “goal” of our journey was to go to see the festival of Bagwaal....
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Fishing for Tiger, by Philip Game

If you don’t spot a tiger in India’s Corbett Tiger Reserve, at least the fish are biting. “Tiger is giving us dodge”, declares wildlife guide Hem Bahuguna, calling a halt near some tell-tale pug marks (pawprints) and scrapings. As the engine cools, then stills, we hear only the birds, the soft breeze and the distant chattering of monkeys. From time to time, another jeep materialises, stopping to exchange a few words. Otherwise, here in India, most crowded of nations, there is perfect peace. Corbett is India’s first, perhaps finest, Tiger Reserve and is buffered by surrounding tracts of...
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Rajesh Panwar

Rajesh is an agriculture graduate from India’s topmost agriculture university i.e. Pantnagar University. He has a vast experience of working with communities in various parts of Uttarakhand. He has been working in social sector since last 07 years. He is an expert of community mobilization and worked as master trainer of Bio-composting Techniques, Organic Farming, Pachayati Raj Institutions and Pre and Post Harvest Management of Horticultural Produce in Uttarakhand State. He coordinated various projects in different parts of Uttarakhand viz. Awareness Generation on Biology and Control of White...
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