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Sanctuary Beckons


The effect of climate change on nature is always unsettling. Despite that, I was charmed by Suprabha Seshan’s “Once, the Monsoon” (EPW, 17 June 2017). That there is a botanical sanctuary or there are ecosystem gardeners gave a kind of reassurance and a warm feeling.

I, an old reader (old in both senses) of Economic Weekly/Economic Political Weekly, write primarily to say that this is one of the best pieces I remember reading. The whole concept of “masting” is fascinating for everyone interested in intergenerational changes and the concept of sustainable development. Thank you, Seshan, for making us aware of the work you do.

Like the jackfruit you mention, in my little garden, in the height of summer, I occasionally get the fragrance of the malti or the passion flower, flowers of the monsoon. I wonder if it is adaptation or their getting signals that we do not.

Can one visit the sanctuary? I wonder how one goes there and how far the nearest airport is and if there are good hotels to stay. I live in Vadodara, so connections have to be from Ahmedabad or here. The last thing you expect from writing an article are these questions. But it shows how effective your article was. If it is not too strenuous, maybe I will venture out even at the age of 80.

Alaknanda Patel


Updated On : 6th Oct, 2017


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