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Dudhwa National Park: Misty Grasslands and Haunting Sal Forests

Dudhwa. The land of grasslands, swamps and tall sal trees. Mentioned in the Ramayanas. Renowned for its rich fauna, including swamp deer, Indian rhinos and huge tigers. And for the conservation efforts of Billy Arjan Singh, who was somewhat of a tiger himself. Contiguous to Royal Bardia National Park in Nepal, Dudhwa is located in [...]

2017-10-07T20:27:28+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Photography, Travel|

UFC 198: Déjà Vu

Overconfident. Reckless. Sloppy. No one is immune from 'it can't happen to me'itis. Even champion fighters who should know better.It happened to my favourite MMA fighter, Fedor Emelianenko (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fedor_Emelianenko), 6 years back, when Fabricio Werdum handed Fedor his first regular defeat. And it happened last weekend at UFC 198 in Brazil, to Fabricio Werdum.The parallels were [...]

2017-04-10T12:26:35+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Mixed Martial Arts|

Kumaon Himalayas: An afternoon among the clouds

It was long drive through the heart of India. Bangalore – Pench – Jhansi – Agra – Mukhteshwar – Chaukri – Musiyari – Binsar – Corbett – Jaipur – Nashik – Bangalore. A little more than 7000 km.    Pench – my usual first day destination from Bangalore (it takes me 15-16 hours for 1200+ [...]

2017-10-07T14:11:04+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Travel|

Return of Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) returned to the Octagon after two years. I dragged myself out of bed at 5.30 am to watch him fight on the 'UFC on FOX: Teixeira vs. Evans' card, and Khabib didn't disappoint. He seemed a little rusty in the first couple of minutes, but then showed why he is considered the [...]

2017-10-06T20:42:43+00:00 April 17th, 2016|Mixed Martial Arts|

Leopards of Satpura National Park

I had driven down to Satpura National Park (again!) last summer. A 3300 km roadtrip, Bangalore - Pench - Satpura National Park - back. Bangalore – Hyderabad was a steady, uneventful cruise. After picking up a friend from Hyderabad airport, I proceeded towards Nagpur. First night was spent in Rukhad, Pench, after covering 1230 km [...]

2017-10-10T11:01:03+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Photography, Travel|

Field review: Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens

This post is an abridged version of an article that I had written for Nikon Rumors, a leading source of information about Nikon related news, articles and rumours. Since then, I have found nothing to change my initial impression about this lens.I like shooting predators, I am not a birder. I have shot with the [...]

2017-04-10T12:26:35+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Photography|

Kanha and Tadoba: A 3000 km Roadtrip | Part 2

First part of the travelogue is here: http://nilanjanray.in/kanha-tadoba-3000-km-roadtrip-part-1/ After Kanha, I left for Tadoba. Kisli to Nagpur was a relaxing drive (Khatia – Seoni – Pench – Nagpur). Picked up my old school friend from Nagpur airport, and proceeded towards Kolara, a Northern gate in Tadoba. We were staying in Svasara, a very nice resort [...]

2017-10-13T00:15:52+00:00 January 17th, 2016|Photography, Travel|

Kanha and Tadoba: A 3000 km Roadtrip | Part 1

I badly needed my tiger fix, an addiction. I had about seven days to spare, and looked at a few options - Corbett (clubbing my trip with official work in Gurgaon), Ranthambore (tagging along with a photo tour), Bandhavgarh etc. Finally narrowed down on Kanha and Tadoba. Kanha, because safaris were still available, and Kanha [...]

2017-10-12T23:57:47+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Photography, Travel|

Nagarhole, Wayanad and the Pelicans

I had driven to Wayanad last December. Spent a few peaceful days in the midst of nature.While driving to Wayanad, I barely made it to Nagarhole before the gate closed (no entry b/w 6 pm - 6 am). While passing through Nagarhole and Tholpetty, I encountered elephants, gaurs, sambar, cheetal and a civet cat. Was [...]

2017-04-10T12:26:35+00:00 January 10th, 2016|Photography, Travel|