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I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. Before that, worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai from 1993-2007. Also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation.

This blog is for aboriginal breed enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah) and INDog-mix mongrels are featured here. The two are NOT the same, do please read the text on the right to understand the difference. Our aim: to create awareness about the primitive natural breed called the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The K Gang and I, featured in 'The Ladies Finger' and 'The Wire'

Recently a long interview with me was published in the online magazine 'The Ladies Finger'. The same article was published in 'The Wire'. 

The main topic of the article was of course the latest discovery of our arachnology team, Eriovixia gryffindori, that caused a global media sensation thanks to the name! However, the writer, Divya Vijayakumar, also wanted to cover my other (and earlier) areas of work besides arachnology: the INDog Project and wildlife conservation. She did a wonderful job describing what the INDog Project is all about. And she asked to use a picture of Kiba, Kimaya and me on Nagaon beach; so the K Gang also got their share of glory 😀  

The photo was taken by Javed Ahmed, the brilliant lead researcher of our arachnology team, who is also part of the INDog Project.

I'm posting a few screen shots of the article, and the links to it in both magazines.

Arachnologist Rajashree Khalap on discovering the Sorting Hat Spider that excited even J K Rowling

Meet Rajashree Khalap, co-finder of the Sorting Hat Spider and other Fantastic Beasts


The K Gang!


From 'The Wire'


















































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Monday, December 12, 2016

Jackie in winter

































Or rather, 'Jackie in the St. Petersberg winter'. Very different from winter in Goa, where he was born.

So how is this gorgeous INDog coping with the cold? His human Maria Shuvarikova sent in recent photos. 


The weather outside

At the Gulf of Finland






















































He has grown a substantial undercoat, though his stomach is still fur-free; and he still refuses to wear anything warm. 'Hates coats and gets rid of them all. He just tears them apart', writes Maria.

He still seems as comfortable in the snow as he was last month (have a look at his first post here). I hope that if and when he does start to feel cold, he'll allow Maria to put a coat on him.

I LOVE these pictures, especially the ones of him at the Gulf of Finland!




























Photos: Maria V Shuvarikova
St Petersberg
Russia

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jimi and his family


What lovely dogs I've met through my Facebook INDog Club page! The latest are this adorable INDog family: Jimi, Chhoti, Longface and Guddu. 


Jimi
The full pack: L - R, Jimi, Longface, Guddu, Chhoti
















































'They were born at Gopalpur On Sea, behind my house late in 2010,' writes proud owner Kunal Biswas.

'I looked after Jimi and his six brothers and sisters as puppies. 

In time, only four were left around my place.

So I took all of them inside my house and completely domesticated them.

Jimi is the eldest of them and the most sensitive among the three; also the most adorable and intelligent, especially at understanding human feelings.
He loves chicken liver, loves his space, but dislikes loneliness. He goes wherever I go, and sleeps where I sleep. Eats what I eat. But he loves his space.'

I think that's a marvellous description of an INDog!

More cute pictures of Jimi below!










































































































Photos and text: Kunal Biswas
Gopalpur On Sea, 
Odisha

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