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Approaches to Problem-solving from Africa’s Wilderness

Achoo! Things are getting a little dusty in here, aren’t they?

With work, holiday planning, holidaying and dealing with some developments on the personal front, my ‘Drafts’ box seems to be close to overflowing with unfinished stories; and my head, with untold ones from recent adventures. Well, before the details start getting foggy in my head, I’m taking a few tips from Africa’s wild ones on how to deal with problems and other unwanted things in life:


‘Problems? What problems? I think I’m going to sleep over it.’

Life is a lazy Sunday
Life is a lazy Sunday

These lazy animals wouldn’t stir even if the ground beneath them was shaking. The males sleep 20 hours a day – life can’t be too complicated if you’re awake only 4 hours a day!


‘Yes, I think I know how to deal with that… Maybe we can go with option 1. Or 2. Or 1. Now I’m confused, maybe we should wait for the zebras to decide. Oooh, grass.’

Does anyone know why we're here?
Does anyone know why we’re here?

The migration is such a long affair mainly because the wildebeest can’t seem to make up their mind about which way to go and can be seen standing around in confusion, till they find a zebra to follow.


‘Problems? Well, they better turn around and run as fast as they can, because I’m not going anywhere.’

What you lookin' at, Mister?
What you lookin’ at, Mister?

These heavyweights believe in staring problems in the eye and scaring them into disappearing. If you ever find yourself making eye contact with a wild buffalo by mistake, turn around and run for your life.


‘Maybe if I turn my back to it for long enough, the problem will disappear.’

Pssst, don't turn!
Pssst, don’t turn!

The pictures say it. Gazelle and antelopes believe denial is the way to go.


‘Problem? Did you tell me about it before? Can you tell me again? Wait, who are you?’

Yeah, I remember your birthday
Of course, I remember your birthday

With their famously short memories, warthogs must be a happy bunch – forgetting about problems, even before they get down to dealing with them.

Next time you find yourself in trouble – whose approach are you going to go with? 😉

Contemplative Cats…

and more stories from Tanzania coming up – stay tuned!

Who’s a pensive cheetah

In Pursuit of the Elusive One…

This was one work trip that I was looking forward to.

We were headed to the dry forests of Ranthambore in Rajasthan. Rajasthan – the land of brave warriors (of the past), grand palaces and rich cultural heritage. Rajasthan is the stuff of postcards – it’s the place that you see most often when your mind conjures up images of India (other than the Taj Mahal, which lies in another state, Uttar Pradesh).

But here I was, headed to Rajasthan for none of its grand palaces and monuments or its music, dance or festivals – I was headed to the quiet, nondescript village of Sawai Madhopur, bordering the wildlife reserve of Ranthambore. I was here to try my luck, yet another time, to spot the elusive Bengal tiger, that most majestic of Indian wild animals. And one that had eluded me on 3 different past trips to three different national parks (Corbett, Nagarhole, Bandipur). My hopes were high; someone I know had sighted tigers twice on their safaris in the month of December in Ranthambore (and that isn’t even prime spotting season). Continue reading In Pursuit of the Elusive One…