Guide and guardian angel

Standing at the edge of the lake, pointing towards the hazy horizon, Akbar Kasim said matter-of-factly, “I love being alone with these delightful birds," before hastening to add, “Bird watching is a hardnosed occupation, but has its own rewards.” The 26-year-old guide at the NalSarovar Bird sanctuary, in Gujarat, can effortlessly tell a water bird from a land-based one even when they are in the air. Read more

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