One day moving through the dark calm waters of a mangrove creek in a winter evening I thought the experience we are gathering by regularly visiting and working in the Sundarbans is rather being selfishly concentrated among the privileged class of field scientists. How can we imagine protecting and conserving this amazing piece of land without the proper awareness and support of the many sensitive and willing people of our country and abroad?! I thought as a student and a scholar of marine science, how could we show the other world this amazing grandeur of nature in the Sundarbans, how possibly could we tell them the story of the mud skippers and let them listen the nuances of those turbulent tides on the huddles of mangrove strands! Building a web site may be a great idea, some one told and the journey begins! Many years of research and documentation have resulted in to huge amount of original data on the Indian Sundarbans, at the floral and faunal level, ecological, geo-bio-chemical, hydrological and many other fields of socio-anthropological sectors. But this web site is not a mere technical description; rather it is lore of those brackish waters and mud, the life it supports, the mangrove forests and the people living there. It is a firsthand representation of that fragile ecosystem and our struggle to protect it. It is also an honest attempt to sketch the marvels of this great natural wonder in front of the world populace and send down the message of conservation.
Prof. Amalesh Choudhury:
For more than 50 years Prof. A. Choudhury has engaged himself in the process of unraveling the natural wonders, especially the Sundarbans. He was the founder head of the Dept. of Marine Science of Calcutta University, and Secretary of S. D. Marine Biological Research Institute in the Sagar Island, West Bengal. He was in the planning commission, wildlife board and headed and represented many important missions related to marine and estuarine ecology, coastal fisheries, marine bio-technology, forest and wild life etc. Still now he is engaged in active research, documentation and guiding research scholars. This web site is fully guided by him and more a story of his and his laboratories (S. D. Marine Biological Res. Inst) contribution to the Sundarbans.
Indranil Basu and Shubhashis Banerjee:
How can I segregate them? It seems from time immemorial they are together. Indranil (Shibaji) an Insurance man and perfection freak and Shubhashis, the medicine executive and a life long dreamer. It is beyond the abilility of my language skill that how this web site is indebted to them. The whole design, idea and entire look of this web site are theirs.
That�s me. As student and scholar of marine science, I have a deep sense of bond with the mud, waters and sands of Sundarbans. Later I have worked in the many fields of environment, ecology and wild life and ultimately precipitated myself for the time beings as faculty of environmental science in the Birbhum Institute of Engineering and Technology, at Suri, Birbhum, West Bengal, India. The content and pictures of this work is mine. The responsibility of its any failure lies on me but the success is ours.
Sagar Island, Sundarbans
24 parganas (S),WB,India
8/8 B.B. Mookherjee Road
24Parganas (N), Kolkata-700110
West Bengal, India
Prof. Amalesh Choudhury: