The butterfly chase in India is turning exciting. Here’s how

Butterfly conservation
People are taking up conversation efforts by creating more habitats, both in public and private spaces for butterfly | Illustration - Immayabharathi K

For days, Isaac David Kehimkar would wake up in the morning only to see how butterflies tasted each leaf in the potted plants in his balcony, how they laid eggs and how the young ones evolved over a period of 3-4 weeks.

He had been asked by Bittu Sahgal, the then-editor of new Sanctuary Asia magazine, to write an article on the colourful moths. Kehimkar had joined the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) in 1977-78 as a volunteer to pursue his passion in biology. He used to assist in editing local magazines and administrative activities. Soon, he was offered a full-time job at BNHS. To take that up he left his job in a cosmetics company despite a lower pay packet and followed his passion.

When he completed his article, the World Wide Fund (WWF) India asked him then to write a book on butterflies.

“My life took off like a butterfly with wings flapping ever since,” Kehimkar says.

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