Purple Sage

The drought hardy plant I spotted on my morning walk has been identified.  It is a introduced, desert-adapted plant called Leucophyllum frutescens (click for description and characteristics), commonly known as Purple Sage or Texas Sage.  It has really low water requirement, needing watering once in 2-3 weeks in the summer and just once a month in … Continue reading

Transect through East Delhi

The monsoon was late arriving and plants, including trees, were showing water stress.  On Sunday, July 1st, a week before the rains finally arrived, at 7 in the morning I took a walk down Vikas Marg following the Metro to the bridge to see how the street landscape put in during the Commonwealth Games was … Continue reading

Breathing Uneasy

At school reunions comparisons are inevitable. One comparison that came up at a recent one was life in India vs. life in the US. Our “quality of life” in India being better than that of our friends in the US was argued loudly by one friend. It seems that one of the best things going … Continue reading

Rethinking the BRT

A day late for the World Environment Day 2012 but as good a time as any to finally put pen to paper, so to speak, in this space. Delhi’s BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) has been in the news again this past month.  Delhi got the first installment of her BRT corridor in 2008.  A mere … Continue reading