Ihtisham Kabir

September 4, 2021
September 4, 2021

Becoming an Engineer

I went to the U.S. on a scholarship as an undergraduate Physics major. After a semester, however, I was having trouble believing fundamental concepts of modern physics. So I changed my major to...

August 28, 2021
August 28, 2021

Owl

The first bird that many remember from childhood might be an owl. In my case, there was a massive Krishnachura tree just behind our house.

August 14, 2021
August 14, 2021

Watching the Sunbirds

Like a high-wire acrobat the tiny bird tiptoes forward on the thin horizontal hibiscus branch, step by step. The branch swings up and down with the bird’s weight but the grip of its claws remains...

August 7, 2021
August 7, 2021

Comfort Food vs. Grandmother’s Diet

Ten years ago, I wrote a Tangents column called “Grandmother’s Diet.” The idea was this: in this age of processed and factory manufactured food, how does one choose what’s best for health? The...

July 31, 2021
July 31, 2021

Barbet

It was hypnotic: a persistent tunk-tunk-tunk sound with a muted texture, like a blacksmith tapping a metal pot with a hammer, its rhythm precise as a metronome.

July 17, 2021
July 17, 2021

Minivet

It is impossible to adequately describe the exhilaration upon spotting a Scarlet Minivet inside the forest. High up in the canopy, where you have to squint to discern between branches and leaves, a...

July 10, 2021
July 10, 2021

Memories of Mexico

Details of our tour of Mexico in 1991 had started fading from my memory. A hazy outline remained: after a few days in Mexico City my wife and I had flown to the provincial town of Oaxaca and...

July 3, 2021
July 3, 2021

Our Munias

I was disappointed when I saw my first munia some years ago.

June 12, 2021
June 12, 2021

A Second Look

Before the pandemic I travelled to many countries in search of birds and wildlife. During the dark days of the pandemic I found myself longing for those places.

May 29, 2021
May 29, 2021

Paradise Flycatcher

Taking in a sharp breath and forgetting to exhale is a common reaction when watching a flying male Asian Paradise Flycatcher.