By legend a young, female mortal, Arachne, had the temerity to challenge the goddess Athenae, patron of the craft of weaving, to a contest!
I was born in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, but know the Kashmir and Uttarakhand Himalaya much better. I have trekked here, birdwatched, bathed in wild rivers and sat frozen as a bull elephant in musth pursued our riding elephant with amorous intent in the Rajaji National Park!
Frustrated by the rate at which trees have been cleared from her locality, 14-year-old Gayatri would ask me, “Didi, if there were no trees, where would we get oxygen from?”
‘Eat or be eaten’ is the universal law of the jungle. No quarter given. No quarter asked.
Of course, this adventurous hitchhiking frog has never once contemplated its ‘purpose’ in life.