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sylvan musings…

The clearest way into the universe is through forest wilderness…

John Muir

Forests are rather two-faced I think… on one hand, these are the stadia where the competition for life is fiercest, a Darwinian slugfest with battles are going on from the microscope to the telescope… life is subsumed, dissolved and mutilated without a shred of romanticism… 

But then, one looks at the canopy and it is all benevolent and forbearing, nurturing the roots who offer their shoots back to the root again, taking mortality into its stride and rising up to embrace the ephemeral… for the forest lives not on the land, but is the innate fabric of faunal imagination…

the lush blooms of spring, the hike to Chiltha Devi temple, Village Dhur, Bageshwar, Kumaun Himalayas, Uttarakhand

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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