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Some of the monkeys are very violent and clearly mark hierarchy, says forest office employee Ram Niwas Once the fruit trees matureit will no longer be necessary to bring in food from the mandi to feed the monkeysan official says Howeverpeople working in the sanctuary often have a tough time doing their job The road is a dirt track which turns into a muddy slush during the rains They often have to trek through the mud without protective boots or rain gear Sometimesthey are attacked by monkeys A labourer hired to work on water pipes was bitten by a monkey last month No medical facilities are provided for people working in the area Two men of the Territorial Army man each entrance into the sanctuary round the clock They are provided with tiny cement rooms to rest The range office itself is a large cement roomwith bare-minimum facilities A tallgreen plastic fenceand crumbling 20-year-old stone walls are all that mark the physical boundary of Delhis own wildlife sanctuarybut the sheer contrast between the city outside and the forest is breathtaking For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sandip Hor Edited by Parmita Uniyal | Australia | Updated: September 17 2014 10:37 am Related News Iconic Uluru: It changes colours at different hours of the day (Source Sandip Hor) A reddish silhouette warmly welcomes us the moment we come out of Ayers Rock Airport and head towards the Desert Gardens Hotel our home for the next few days to explore the treasures of Australia’s famous Red Centre Located in the central part of the island nation the destination is only few hours away from East coast cities of Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane and invite visitors from round the globe to sample not only the “Red Nature” but also to experience some true indigenous culture and lifestyle that can’t be so handsomely encountered anywhere else in the country The domain gets its name from the vast plains of red soil that characterize the landscape however the touristy repute primarily evolves from a huge monolith sandstone rock widely known by its native name Uluru For the interest of number enthusiasts it stands 348 meters above ground 31 kilometers from east to west 19 kilometers wide and 94 kilometers around the base thus making it the largest single-rock in the world And more interestingly this rock extends even further to a distance unknown below the barren surrounds Statuswise it shares similar ranking with the Pyramids in Egypt or the Great Wall in China the only difference being the former two are result of human endeavors while this one being solely God’s Perhaps that’s why it’s so piously worshipped by the indigenous population who are said to be living there for tens of thousands of years As expected the rock dominates the open space but as a loner as there is nothing around it other than some desert trees flora and fauna So it can be distinctly seen from a fair distance even from our hotel which is part of lavishly spread Ayers Rock Resort complex dotted around 20 odd kilometers away from the iconic site My first glimpse of the much-hyped structure is from the top While descending I spot through the aircraft window a huge bacon-red protrusion surrounded by red soil decoratively sprinkled with patches of green The second glance comes still a fair distance away from the balcony of our hotel room The reddish looking figure strike like a giant elephant struck in ground with nobody around to rescue I sense an irresistible appeal to rush towards it for an intimate affair And finally when the moment of closeness arrives I am simply awestruck by its hugeness grandeur and colour combo From a distance the red mountain seems like concealed by a reasonably smooth surface but when near its various curvatures contours splits and tears become evident Visitors are allowed to walk around the rock and explore these valleys deep gorges and caves some filled with indigenous art “If you go around the rock you’ll learn twice as much about the people who use the rock shelter and the rock itself’ says Wille Gordon award winning Nugal-warra story keeper That is very true While losing ourselves in the vicinity in company of omniscient guides we hear stories about the native Anangu people who are the traditional owners of the rock and the surrounding land their ancestors believed to be living here for tens of thousands of years They trust themselves to be direct descendants of the beings – which include a python an emu a blue tongue lizard and a poisonous snake all of whom according to legend formed the land and other physical properties including the rock during the Tjukurpa meaning creation period Indigenous dancing (Source: Sandip Hor) Red nature (Source: Sandip Hor) Camel odyssey (Source: Sandip Hor) Another great way of learning more about the indigenous history of the place is to visit the Cultural Centre at the base of the rock where an ensemble of interactive displays video presentations and artwork presents the story through the eyes of its traditional owners Perhaps the most wondrous attraction of Uluru that strikes visitors passionately is its change of colours at different hours of the day most spectacular being at the crack of dawn and then when the sun finally slips into the horizon There are ideal locations to enjoy the natural light show At dawn as darkness fades a range of magnificent colours zoom out of the uninterrupted horizon and slowly keep illuminating the greyish surface of the rock with yellow orange and soft red strips of light The ambiance is naturally very quiet and serene; only occasional expressions like “wow” and “divine” from other viewers and constant clicking of camera shutters breaks the engulfing silence First time in life I also sense that silence can have some sounds of its own During sunset the atmosphere is more vibrant and bustling with busloads of tourists gathering at vantage points to see how the dropping sun keeps adding different varieties of red on the rock till leaving it alone to enjoy its existence in the darkness During sunset the atmosphere is more vibrant and bustling (Source: Sandip Hor) The Uluru Rock which was named Ayers Rock in 1873 by European explorer William Gosse after being the first European to see it is not the only iconic site in the Red Centre; the series of 36 magnificently domed conglomerate rocky formations of Kata Tjuta are of similar wondrous and cultural significance the tallest dome being over 500 meters above the plain Called Olgas by the natives they are located around 30 km west from Uluru and hide a maze of fascinating gorges and crevasses Here again the colour of the ochre outcrops changes as sun moves from East to West Kata Tjuta (Source: Sandip Hor) Australia is a land of many natural attractions the Great Barrier Reef Twelve Apostles Kakadu National Park and Whitsundays are just a few to name from a long list However after experiencing the nature’s magic at Uluru and Kata Tjuta and going through some of the indigenous cultures and their millennium-old feelings around it I feel that if someone wants to see the heart of the continent geographically as well as culturally then journey may begin here at the Red Centre where god’s magical creations bubble mysticism and myths like no other place on earth Fact File Getting There – Air India (wwwairindiacom) now a member of the Star Alliance group operates daily direct flights from Delhi to Sydney/Melbourne Virgin Australia (wwwvirginaustraliacom/au) and Jetstar (wwwjetstarcom/au) have daily flights from Sydney to Ayers Rock Near the rock (Source: Sandip Hor) Accommodation – Operated by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia Ayers Rock Resort (wwwayersrockresortcomau) offers variety of accommodation options to suit every possible taste and budget – from the award winning 5-star Sails in the Desert and modern Desert Gardens Hotel to the self-contained Emu Walk Apartments the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge and the Ayers Rock Campground offering powered campsites and air conditioned cabins Dining – There are several eating options available within the resort complex which includes Arnguli Grill for fine dining Ilkari Restaurant for a tantalising menu of international flavours and Geckos Café offering nice steaks pizzas burgers salads etc in a relaxed family atmosphere Must Dos – Trek through the desert soils on a camel (wwwulurucameltourscomau) circle the rock by sitting on the back of a Harley Davidson Motorcycle (wwwulurucyclescomau) and enjoy “Sounds of Silence” – a grand dinner under the sky For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNagpur: Nana Patole who resigned on Friday from the Lok Sabha and the BJP has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using his OBC credentials for political gains Patole a critic of the central and state governments’ handling of agrarian issues had resigned alleging that the BJP had failed to keep the promises it had made to the people Speaking at a press conference he accused the prime minister of "double standards" and alleged that Modi was using his other backward classes (OBC) credentials for electoral and political gains but had done nothing for the benefit of OBCsand farmers File image of Nana Patole Twitter/@NANA_PATOLE "Day before yesterday the prime minister reacting to Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s comment had said in an election rally that he was being hounded as he came from a ‘neechi jaati’ This really made me furious at the double standards of PM Narendra Modi" said Patole who was elected to the Lok Sabha from Maharastra’s Bhandara-Gondia constituency "In a meeting at the PM’s residence last year I had raised the problems being faced by OBCs and demanded a separate ministry for OBCs However PM Modi shouted at me and questioned its need saying OBCs don’t need it" Patole claimed Now the prime minister is asking for votes on his OBC credentials he said Patole alleged that the PM also got angry on him in the meeting after he raised farmers’ issues and sought a greater contribution from the union government for the agricultural sector "The assurances made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not being fullfilled by the Centre and the state government" he said Patole said that he had raised these issues in the Lok Sabha as well as in meetings with the prime minister "The government is not bothered on the farmers’ issue PM Modi is deceiving the people of this country" he said He said that he would be touring Ahmedabad on Monday andwill highlight the "double standards" of Modi "I will visit my constituency Bhandara-Gondia on 15-16 December followed by visits to Gadchiroli and Chandrapur" Patole said Replying to a query on whether he intended to join the Congress he said that he had not yet decided on joining any party Written by PTI | London | Published: March 13 2013 10:14 am Related News Actor Nicolas Cage says he turned down the role of ‘Shrek’ because he did not want to “look like an ogre” The 49-year-old is friends with studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and was initially asked to voice the green ogre – the role which eventually went to Mike Myers – and he admits he sometimes regrets turning the animated movie downreported Daily Express “We were talking about ‘Shrek’ and I just didn’t want to look like an ogre Maybe I should have done it looking back” he said Cage has finally teamed up with Katzenberg for another animated film’The Croods’and he is delighted to be a part of the movie “They met me and showed me a picture of Grug and said’Look Nicthis is how I see you’ I said’I hope I don’t really look like thatbut I think I’ll do this’ What really got me about Grug is his emotional transformation from a overprotective father who is surviving but not living and then he learns how to let go and live and I like that That’s what appealed to me most I like a movie that can make you laugh and make you cry” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Published: March 6 2017 3:20 am Vishwanath Mahadeshwar (Right) Top News WITH the BJP making way for the Shiv Sena’s Vishwanath Mahadeshwar to become the next mayor of Mumbai the three-time corporator from Santacruz Sunday said he had a plan chalked out for the next two-and-a-half years Aiming to take on a proactive role as the city’s first citizen the 56-year-old corporator who is the principal of a school and junior college said he wanted to focus on improving the condition of the civic-run schools and hospitals Mahadeshwar said apart from his administrational duties he would focus on reducing the high levels of air pollution in the city caused by the massive number of automobiles on the roads “Mumbai has had a long battle with increasing pollution due to traffic congestion at every major signal in the city The administration has to be encouraged to implement measures to reduce air pollution levels” he said Ensuring that every resident of Mumbai has access to safe drinking water is another goal high on Mahadeshwar’s agenda he said The Sena leader said in many BMC schools students were unable to read or write “Since there is no examination till Class IX students don’t take education seriously This needs to change and every child should be able to read and write fluently I will ensure there is more emphasis on the facilities being provided to secondary schools in the city too” Referring to the work he and his wife Pooja Mahadeshwar the sitting corporator for ward 86 in Santacruz have done at the V N Desai municipal hospital in Santacruz such as setting up of a neo-natal intensive care unit a trauma ward and a physiotherapy department Mahadeshwar promised to improve the quality of medical services in all civic-run hospitals in the city When asked about the bitter relations between the Sena and the BJP in the run-up to the civic polls the corporator said there was “very little” to worry about “As far as the general body is concerned all processes will be done as per the act and I don’t think that it will be challenging Besides Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has already said on Saturday that the BJP would not take up the opposition’s role” he said Mahadeshwar promised to ensure that the administration would execute projects and carry out inquiries in a timely manner “The administration should complete an enquiry within the stipulated time period and if elected I will ensure that the civic body works in a time-bound manner” he said Promising to live upto the expectations of the people he said “Expectations from a mayor keeps evolving and problems are endless But we will ensure that at the end of our term people don’t feel we haven’t worked to our potential If there is a good proposal or if a notice of motion is beneficial for the Mumbaikars it will be taken up in urgently” he said In response to the petition filed by Congressman Dharmesh Vyas in the court of small causes opposing his selection as mayor Mahadeshwar said the allegations were untrue “These allegations are wrong I am a principal of a government-aided school and as teachers we have the right to utilise the funds from grants I have not violated any of the prescribed norms and I will respond to his allegations in court” he said Vyas in his petition has stated that Mahadeshwar is ineligible to contest in the mayoral poll since he had suppressed information that he was drawing a salary from government grants as the principal of Raje Sambhaji Vidyalaya and Junior College in Santacruz Mahadeshwar who is still the principal of the school added he was yet to decide if he would juggle the roles of mayor and principal or give up his current job [email protected] For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Harsha Bhogle | Published: March 1 2013 1:09 am Related News As an exhibition of characterof ambition and frailtiesof opportunities and fearsfive days in Madras were enthralling Yesyou read it right At various times during the Testwhen I read that people were queueing up at four in the morningwhen when there was a decent crowd even for an hour on the last daywhen I had dinner with traditional cricket lovers who wanted to know about emerging young players in AustraliaI found myself referring to the city as Madras And I wondered if Chennai was Super Kings and Madras was Test cricket And as I pondered over that to write this piece I realised that Test cricket addictsas I know themreside in the old Bombay and Calcutta They too would have loved this outstanding Test match Mahendra Singh Dhoni isin many waysChennais adopted son (there were even messages on the scoreboard for him in Tamil) but Madras would have loved the innings he played By his own admission he is not the most technically adept cricketer but the manner in which he reacted to the conditions and seized the moment in the game was what made this one of the finest batting performances in India Nathan Lyona spinner of considerable ability but uncertain self-beliefhad just begun to make the conditions work for him Tendulkar had been bowled with a ball that another Aussie spinner who did so well in IndiaAshley Mallettwould have been delighted by The drift towards off dragged the bat towards the ball and created the space for it to spin back in It could have been one of the highlights of the gamein fact it probably was in spite of what followed Virat Kohli hadin one overgot one that skidded through and another that reared fairly menacingly at him With 380 given him by his batsmenLyon could have made a reputation and maybejust maybeeven won Australia a Test At most times Dhoni jabs at the ballsoft hands werent in vogue when he was learning his cricket; those belonged to VVS Laxman now such an eager student in the commentary box He wasnt going to play late between the short legs for oneor dab past third man for twohe wasnt going to injure the bowler Dhonis style was to get into the boxing ring with him and so as Lyon tossed the ball up invitinglytrying to get it to land into areas that were powder coatedDhoni charged to the pitch It is the first thing you learn about batting against spin If you get to the pitch of the ballit doesnt matter which wayor indeed how muchit is going to turn And having reached the areait is in getting there that most batsmen are deceivedhe dealt with it mercilessly This wasnt a rapierlet alone a fancy epeehe was wieldinghe wasnt a swordsman There was no fine cutno delicate wound that made the point He was looking for a knockout and he hit every ball searching for that verdict He had realised that Indias success lay in hitting Lyon off his length and more criticallyby denting his confidenceby making him wonder where the next ball would go rather than allowing him to skip in with visions of a dipping ball fooling the batsman into a mishit or a bat-pad To his creditLyon kept at it but it had become an unequal contest Tactically Dhoni had delivered a masterclass and that is why the innings was more than just a batting exhibition It was an example of how to identify a game-changing moment and then to seize it It could well have been a series-changing assault but for that we will have to wait Adam Gilchrists spectacular innings in Mumbai in 2001the one that most resembles thisgave that impression toobut a young Sikh bowler and a delightfully self-effacing batsman (in commentary he said he was satisfied with his 281) modified the script A couple of as yet unidentified Aussies could still do that But if one of those is Nathan Lyonhe will have shown great courage and fortitude It will be excellent for cricket if he has it in him to bounce back Ravichandran Ashwin is more son of the soil than Dhoni In his family and cricketing upbringing perhaps lies the transition between Madras and Chennai He has made his name as a CSK man but when he bowled his off-breakstossing themlooping themgetting them to break back from outside off stump he had travelled back in time The pause in the actionthe quick darted ball onto padthe rather too frequent carrom ball…they were largely ignoredthat was CSK This was a Madras spinner going back to his roots to rediscover himselfeven if so early in his test career Just as Dhonis assault was an exhibition of tactical acumen and skillAshwins was a demonstration of his intelligence and his craft He knew how he had to bowl on this trackhis speed frequently dipped to below 80 kmphand he ensured he was ready for it As Venkataraghavan would tell himit is not easy for a tall man to let the ball go higher unless there is a precision to his craft for it must still land shorter than where the batsman thinks it will Lyonon the other handwas pushed into bowling over 90 kmphthe ball had no time to hang in the air and dip It was as fine an exhibition of classical off break bowling as any you will see Both Dhoni and Ashwin kept at it for long periodsaware that a little burst of skill was not much use in a game that demands extended periods of excellence Dhoni was at it for six hours and 265 balls and late on the third day was charging back for the second like a young sprinter might while still fresh And Ashwin bowled 444 balls in the gamemore than he would in the entire IPL And yesthis Test match told us one other thing Sometimes you can get too involved with the surface and end up playing the conditions rather than playing the ball You can get out before you are in Only Philip Hughes in the second inningsand maybe Michael Clarkewere waylaid by the pitchsome others by fear of what it would do We in India know that well often succumbing in the mind to the bounce before it has appeared 1243 runs were made on this surface at a runs/wicket ratio of 3884 It wasnt easy but it wasnt impossible And if you wanted to show a young generation that wondered why ours was so in love with a game that lasted five daysthis was the best gift Madras could give I wonder 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