is a book that is full of surprises! Yuvan’s talents as a naturalist,
storyteller and wise young philosopher will certainly delight you whether you
are a nature buff or not.
acrobatics and apparent eccentricities of the Indian Roller, the little Barbet
that watches people around with endless curiosity from the hollow of a tree,
and many other beings that share the world with us are brought alive in a way
that gives us a feeling of intimate connectedness with them. As much as human
characters in a gripping novel would.
paddy field for Yuvan in his school days was a scene of intense drama to be
keenly observed - the innumerable birds, insects, snakes and crustaceans and
how they interact in various situations and seasons, partaking of the farming
activities of humans. The context for his thoughts and observations in many of
his essays has been his school, Pathashaala. One cannot help but appreciate the
school that gave space to the flowering of this self-taught naturalist.
teacher taking children on Nature walks or struggling to make biology classes
interesting can use his essays to bring in a spark of excitement and
involvement to children today who are so alienated from Nature. But this is
also a book for people of all ages that will surely make you look at spiders,
caterpillars and many of Nature's creations with new eyes and a gladdened
Trustee and Founder, Bhoomi College and
Prakriya Green-Wisdom School
M.Yuvan is a naturalist by heart and an ardent
nature writer. He has been awarded the prestigious M.Krishnan Nature Writing
Award by the Madras Naturalists’ Society, in 2017 for his essay ‘Bel plants and
Lime Caterpillars’. For many years Yuvan has been involved in documenting and
photographing birds and butterflies for several interested institutions. He is
a distinguished Recorder (A Woodwind instrument) player and has received many
accolades for his performances from the Trinity College of Music, London. He is
also a practitioner of Vipassana meditation (an ancient Indian technique of
meditation taught by Gautama Buddha).