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Its our pleasure to host Mr Pankaj Sekhsaria on our Tavel Katta # 7.
Pankaj Sekhsaria is a respected name in the field of Ecology and Conservation. He is known as a Researcher, Writer, Photographer, Campaigner and an Academic and his work on Andaman and Nicobar Islands is highly acclaimed.
He is a member of the environmental action group, Kalpavriksh where he works on issues of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and also edits the bi-monthly newsletter, the Protected Area Update. He is a freelance journalist, photographer and author, most recently, of The Last Wave – an island novel, a story based in the Andaman Islands. He has authored/edited three other, non-fiction books, two of which are based on the A&N Islands.
He graduated as a mechanical engineer from the Pune University in 1993 and followed this with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, in 1998.
In his own words…
It is a little more than two decades since I first visited the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and have had the great opportunity of traveling extensively in the islands, right from the north in Diglipur to the extreme south – to Indira Point on Great Nicobar Island.
There have been a number of incredible experiences as well – many exhilarating and humbling hours watching Green sea, Leatherback and Olive Ridley Turtles nest on remote uninhabited islands; photographing the endemic Nicobari Megapode build up its nesting mound; descending into deep dark caves to see nesting Edible nest swiftlets; swimming and snorkeling in the sparkling waters – researching and writing on this spectacular diversity and beauty and the threats and challenges it faces; seeing the devastation cased in the earthquake and tsunami of 2004 and getting involved in advocacy and litigation in the interests of the fragile ecology and the indigenous peoples of the islands.
What to expect on Travel Katta?
The presentation at Travel Katta will be the story of two parallel journeys – one is of the geology, ecology and history of the islands; the other is my own journey of traveling and discovering the islands, the most recent step of which was the writing of my debut novel, The Last Wave, a story that is deeply embedded in the ecology, people and history of the islands.
What is Travel Katta? : http://goo.gl/4bF2PQ
Travel Katta – Previous Sessions : http://goo.gl/sbcOEx
Date : 23rd Jan., 2016
Venue : Sevasadan School, next to Mageshkar Hospital, Pune.
Time : 1800 hrs.
Parking : Available.
Entry : Free