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a midsummer bokeh…

coerced trots the biophilic
servile to the avian kind
legions of creepers casting
evening spells on girth senile

soft textures of summer
punctuating canopies sombre
alluring the heart in sight or  
in taste tearing it asunder…

a bumblebee muzzling close to the ear drew me to a white foxglove, and a little further down the trail its purple cousin beckoned, vivaciously coloured in contrast to the thick oak and rhododendron canopy… all parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested, not surprising given the way they stand out brightly… it has medicinal uses in folk medicine and the derived glycosides are used in heart stimulants, but the reputation of Digitalis purpurea remains a risky medicine even in modern times… the absolute fatality of beauty, but for the dismissive bumblebee…

Parth Joshi

Allured by the outdoors, the author is made up in parts of that quintessential lost soul wreathing under the pangs of biophilia in a desk job, a wannabe elegist mostly ending up in dungeons of poetasters and an optimist waiting for the senility of the modern world to fade away while sampling shoots and leaves.

In saner times, he has a keen interest in areas pertaining to tourism, history, agriculture and climate change, especially with respect to historical interpretations, emerging technologies and future livelihoods.

An avid trekker, runner, cyclist, birder and photographer, he is more often than not found gloating over anything hinterland, on foot or over computer monitors, and fantasizing solutions that can foster ‘inclusive’ growth and sustainable livelihoods for communities at the grassroots.

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