T R Shankar Raman likes to imagine he is a writer turned wildlife scientist turned writer, who now lives in southern India in a landscape of rainforests and plantations in the Anamalai: the ‘elephant hills’ in the vernacular, Tamil. As a wildlife scientist, he works on the ecology and conservation of tropical forests and wildlife, mainly in the Western Ghats mountain range in India, studying plants and birds and sundry creatures, including the Asian elephants that roam the hills named after them. As a writer, he writes creative non-fiction and reflective essays on nature and conservation for newspapers, magazines, and blogs, besides occasional book reviews and op-ed or feature articles. He also reads a fair bit and you can see what he is reading now here.
In these pages, he blogs on places, people, and issues that affect him, in all senses of that word, as they might, or perhaps do, affect others. He writes from his field experiences and travels in India and elsewhere, trying to meld natural history and science with ethics and aesthetic sensibility. More than anything else, he tries to just write stuff worth reading.