Winter Narratives by Naresh Swami – Cold evenings.

With no orchid hunt, I am working on a group of winter visitors. Evening hours are in the open on the bank of a mighty river. I leave the field after the last set of birds flew back to their nesting location. 

When I reach home, my body and my fridge have something in common – the °C factor. Then the homemade vegetable soup comes handy. A bit of all available vegetables in the kitchen, little ghee, pepper, vinegar, soya and tomato sauce. 

Done………..then running the air conditioner, annoying my neighbour and those roosting pigeons.

Adieu for the day.
Soup and rusk.

Post 3 – 25/Nov/2020.

Winter Narratives by Naresh Swami – The silent migration!

With the onslaught of winter, the topography of the high slopes in the Himalayan range changes dramatically – from green to white. With hundreds of vehicles loaded with tourists negotiating the winding roads uphill to see and play with snow, there happens a silent migration of men and beasts downhill.

With high slopes under many feet of snow, the scope of finding food for cattle remains impossible. Not just about food and water, the temperature goes so low, that remaining in the high slopes means disaster. Hence, they move downhill where fresh fodder and favourable climatic conditions are available.

Nomads in the Himalaya face threat from habitat destruction as well as a decreasing numbers in their own population. With many challenges including financial prospects against their livelihood, many members in the nomadic community who were traditionally cattle grazers moved to towns and cities looking for other income generating jobs. 

The disappearance of the nomads in the Himalaya is only a matter of time.

From the western Himalaya.
From the western Himalaya.

From the western Himalaya.
From the western Himalaya.

Post 1 – 12/Nov/2020