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Writer's Diary: Walking Down The Memory Lane

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Writer's Diary: Walking Down The Memory Lane

A civil servant and author provides glimpse of his warm memories from his days in Cambridge to his travels through Maharashtra

Forest check post: Tadoba National Park, Chandrapur

Memories of warmth

34, Irving Street. My temporary home for a year in Cambridge, Boston. I was lying on the mattress in the living room, staring at the plain white wall in front of me. It must have been -8°C or -9°C out­­side in the afternoon of January 24, 2019. I was missing home. In my head, projected on a whi­te wall, were images of people, places, smells and experiences I had left behind in Maharasht­ra’s Chandrapur district, home to coalmin­es, ce­m­ent factories, small industries and a paper factory. Around 40 per cent of its land is under forest cover that turns lush green during the mo­­n­soons. I landed there in August 2012 for my first posting as an assistant collector. During field tri­ps, I’d see vast stretches of fore­sts dotted by villa­ges in between. In 2018-19, Cha­­nd­ra­pur was home to 175 of Mah­a­r­ashtra’s 312 tigers. With a large number of wild animals, no other district faces as many man-animal conflicts.

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