Hunger virus…

Coronavirus pandemic could kill more through hunger than the disease itself, warns Oxfam. People in middle-income countries who were on the ‘breadline’ have been tipped over the edge by the crisis. World Food Program estimates people experiencing crisis-level hunger will rise to 270 million in 2020, an 82% increase since 2019. 
Bleak scenario is outlined in Hunger Virus – Oxfam Report. Equates to almost 12,000 people dying per dayHunger hotspots – Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Brazil, India where the situation is most severe. An estimated 122 million more people could be pushed to the brink of starvation due to declining aid, mass unemployment, disruption to food production & supplies. 
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Beautiful lakes…

From tiny grass-lined ponds to massive freshwater expanses easily mistaken for oceans, some lacs, lagos, lochs stand out more than others! Display waters most alluring qualities. Mesmerising ripples, mirror-like reflections, crystalline clarity, serenity. 

Dead Sea (Jordan) – lowest elevation at 423 meters below sea level. High concentration of salt in water, buoyancy so strong one can’t swim underwater.

Plitvice Lake (Croatia) – Plitvice National Park in Croatia. Spectacular display of colours from azure to green, grey to blue. Magical, marvellous.

Lake Brienz (Switzerland)unbelievably blue, turquoise, green waters. Exotic, laced with picturesque Swiss villages.

Pangong Lake (India) – sparkling blue in the Himalayas. Sublime beauty, crystal waters, gentle hills. Ethereal.

Manasarovar Lake (China) – high altitude fresh water. Mystical, Lake of Nirvana!

Lake Baikal (Siberia) – rift lake formed by continental crust being pulled apart. Deepest lake. Gorgeous natural beauty.

Lake Como (Italy) – stroll amid palm trees, blooming rhododendrons while admiring snow-capped mountains. Exquisite.

Maligne Lake (Canada) – stunning landscape, perfect foreground pines, majestically jagged background mountains, cornflower blue Alberta skies. 

Dove Lake (Tasmania) – serene lake, home to fabled Tasmanian Devil, cuddly wallabies, wombats, scenic day hikes. Enthralling.

Five-Flower Lake (China) – most beautiful lake in Jiuzhaigou National Park. Clear turquoise waters with a tinge of red, yellow, green, blue.

Lake Lucerne (Switzerland) – water flowing into lake passes beneath 13th-century Chapel Bridge. A stupendous panorama with Mt. Rigi, Eiger, Jungfrau, Mt. Pilatus.

Lake Titicaca (Peru) – laced with incredible Inca ruins, beauty beyond words. 

Lake District (UK) – striking summer playground. Wonderful hikes, strolls, sailing.

Lake Tahoe (USA) –  beautiful ski resort with lovely slopes. Heavenly, crystal-clear alpine water. Vibrant viewpoint at Emerald Bay.

Pehoe Lake (Chile) – magnificent. Backed by beauty of Torres Del Paine range, saturated with shades of lavender at sunrise, tangerine at sunset. 

Lake Atitlan (Guatemala) – mystical body of water fringed by volcanoes, Mayan villages. Combo of intense volcanic lineage, serene ambience.

Lake Superior (USA) – impressive sandstone cliffs, sand dunes, beaches, waterfalls. Most beautiful of 5 ‘Great Lakes’. 

Lake Wakatipu (New Zealand) – flowing through gorgeous, jagged peaks. Crazy adventures like bungee jumping, jet-boating, zorbing!

Lake Kawaguchi (Japan) – immortalised, iconic Mt. Fuji is perfectly reflected in the stillness, shimmering of crystalline waters.



Lake Pangong Tso…

Pangong Tso (Tibetan: སྤང་གོང་མཚོ,  Chinese: 班公错) – an ethereal azure high grassland lake‘. Also called Pangong Lakean endorheic lake in Ladakh, Himalayas. At a height of 4,350 m (14,270 ft), 134 km long from India to Tibet. During winters lake freezes completely, despite saline waters.

Ladakh tourism

Lake’s a breeding ground for rare migratory birds – bar-headed goose, brahmini ducks, wildlife like kiang, marmot. A drive from Leh through dramatic, scenic mountain roads, crossing villages of Shey, Sakti. Traverses Chang La where army sentries, small tea-houses greet visitors. Road from Chang La leads through Tangste, crossing a river called Crazy Stream. Simply spectacular, stunning, surreal. 


Sharks in hot soup…

Over 100 million sharks are killed each year to satisfy enormous demand. Pro-actively pushing sharks to extinction, disrupting balance of oceans. We consume shark fins, present as gifts. Sharks are finned – cut off fins, bodies tossed alive back into the sea. Sink to the bottom, suffocate. An extremely inhumane process. 

Oceans are in a state of crisis due to over-fishing. Single biggest threat to ocean life. Drive to feed a world growing at an alarming rate of 75 million people each year has put ocean resources under tremendous strain. 85% of fishing grounds are over-fished, fully exploited.

Sustainable consumption of seafood is the only way to reverse this unfortunate decline, prevent abuse, extinction of fish stocks. Essential for a balanced natural eco-system.


Mountain blue-birds…

Email: Cousin’s birthday. Loves mountains, birds, travel. (Austria)

Happy Birthday!



Inspired, intrigued by auto-biographies like Mandela’s Long Road To Freedom. Reading Gandhi: Story of My Experiments With Truth. Fresh lines of inquiry, inquisitiveness that spark curiosity, compassion. 

Gandhi: My Experiments With Truth – Amazon

Mandela: Long Road To Freedom – Amazon

Initial queries bring an entirely new set of questions in personal pursuits of knowledge, creativity. With practice, passion, we grow adept at answering our own inquiries. Reach new heights of understanding, empathy with solo flights of imagination. We listen to wise teachers, ultimately becoming stewards of our own wisdom.