Sunday, January 25, 2009

Remembering Ravi Sankaran

rubber slippers, a smoking pipe and binoculars dangling around his neck

Ravi in Nagaland, November 2005

Who would have imagined that so many of us would be looking into our collections for pictures of Ravi because he would not be there with us so suddenly? I've had to do that too and here are some pictures of his I have from a trip he made to Nagaland with many of us in Kalpavriksh.
My main and close association with Ravi was in the context of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where I had the opportunity of spending some great time with him. I first met him a decade ago, and can't believe there will be no more of those occasions. Here are also some pictures of the species in the islands that he worked with closely, species which we understand much better today because of his painstaking and path-breaking work.

Bird watching in Khonoma Village, Nagaland

Lighting up that famous pipe...


The Nicobari Megapode, Great Nicobar Island

The nest mound of a Nicobari Megapode, Great Nicobar Island

The nest of the Edible Nest Swiflet, Jarawa Creek, Baratang Island

Nesting site of the Edible Nest Swiftlet, Chalis Ek, North Andaman Island


Madhu said...

Hi Pankaj,

Thanks for sharing the photos. I don't have any in my own memory banks, unfortunately.

I particularly like the first one you've posted, which captures the man perfectly from his pipe to his flip-flops.

Do you mind if I download and post these on the Facebook page I created for Ravi? Unless you want to do so yourself. I have posted a link to your post there already.


Anonymous said...

Dear Pankaj, Thanks for sharing these with us...all of us want to share and see all that that interesting man was up to!