About us: Grooming madness for years.
For over ten years, Anirudh Chaoji has generated passion for wilderness
in loads of youngsters. Then created opportunities for young graduates
to work on field, where they got a field experience in learning hands on
the methodologies of making good observations. Many of these “kids” of
yester years are now wildlife biologists, geologists, researchers and
are making careers in wilderness.
If people believe that someone would only be “Mad” to not be an
engineer, a doctor or a chartered accountant ... as this was the only
path to be successful, then Anirudh has groomed and nurtured their
madness to a logical path... read on.
When you enter the field of wilderness, instead of being a “typical”
collegian, your friends start observing different degrees of madness in
Fool: Falling in love with the wilderness
A nice bird-watching walk or even a flora identification trail in a
wilderness area kindles your senses to search for more. The spirit of
exploration that was asleep deep within wakes up and takes you often
into forests, through grasslands and over mountains – observing, plants,
insects, butterflies, snakes, frogs, birds and mammals. You start making
The story of the fourth Idiot
Anirudh on field
Insane: Selecting a field of choice
Regular exposure to wilderness makes you have an extra passion for one
of the subjects. You start to observe the colours, shapes, features in
details. Butterflies don’t remain only flying insects; instead they take
you to their food plants, host plants and slowly into breeding them at
home. The thrill of an emerging butterfly from the pupa takes your
passion to a higher level.
Lunatic: Enter further education institutes
When passion takes you to an institute to study your subject of
interest, you are a gone case now. Instead of becoming an Engineer or a
Doctor like your other friends, you could end up in NCBS-WCS, Bangalore
like Girish, Aamod, or Pooja; in Dice in UK like Trishant or Shraddha; at
University of Leeds, UK like Prerna or even Nikita at Oxford, UK.
Psychotic: Become a researcher on field
You now start collecting animal droppings for a living or having a GPS
or a SCUBA apparatus as a life support system in the vast wilderness.
You work day in and out in some pristine ecosystem. And soon you are
able to generate papers about a variety of incomprehensible subjects to
your old friends. Note: It is in your best interests to find a life
partner who can understand your work and the priority it has in your
Wayward: Some earn big buck
There are many, who don’t fancy books and statistics involved with
research, find their heart’s calling in becoming naturalists in a
National Park, a Scuba Diver, a travel writer or taking up one of the
many non convential professions associated with the outdoors.
Mental Case: Some become Activists...
In extremely rare cases, you may become too passionate about your cause
and become an activist opposing a power project or fighting a battle
against logging in a pristine forest or protecting the rights of a small
forest community. Beware; you can be jailed with “Sedation against the
Remember one “Mantra” in whatever you do, “anyone can do what he likes.
But very few people can like what they do”. I did it. You too can do