Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Birds from my window...

...and the antics they get upto by Ranjit Lal is a book I picked up for my daughter but haven't parted with it ever since.

I can't call myself a hard-core bird-watcher but like Ranjit Lal describes in this book, one can enjoy the antics of the birds even from a wide open window. I belong to the category of humans who marvel at the various birds with a big mug of hot chai in one hand and Salim Ali's book in the other trying to identify the bird.

Ever since we moved into our present home which has a terrace, we spend many hours gazing at the skyscapes at different hours of the day and the birds form an integral part of the routine.

I think I got deeply involved in bird-watching a few months back when a pair of Scaly-breasted Munia ( identified by Salim Ali's book) built their grass nest on our potted Ficus tree in the terrace. Watching the super active tiny birds flutter in and out of the nest in the morning and running up at dusk to see them return home became something of an unsaid ritual.

When I saw this book, it just seemed too familiar not to pick up.

The illustrations are by Prabha Mallya.

Looking at the dark clouds at a distance I wrap my bright Fuchsia shawl tightly around myself and settle down to read how the Magpie Robin who sang sweetly in the morning lost it's voice in the evening....

Enjoy your day!


Prabha Narayanan said...

Very fond of Prabha's illos! I have had the great luck to draw with her during some Pencil Jam sessions (i recall her drawing cormorants). You are lucky to enjoy this book. Thanks for sharing.

Anupama Puneeth said...

wow...thats lovely Arch. Even though where i lived had lots of birds earlier, in the last few years I feel the bird life in the area diminishing. You are so fortunate to see them arnd.
enjoy maadi :)

Arch at Rang said...

Prabha~ Did visit her blog and saw her work. Very impressive:-) Thanks for dropping in at Rang:-)

Anupama~ Thanks:-)
Hope the birds return soon in your part of the word:-)

Anonymous said...

hey! you've taken some really super pictures of the book :) :) :)
only the cover and the title page were by me though. :)

R Niranjan Das said...

You have a lovely travel blog.


Neha said...

Love it.. books and life...