Thanks very much Nidhan ji for sharing your thoughts and picture of the
great personality, dear Pankaj.
Regards.
Dinesh

On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 9:26 PM, Nidhan Singh <nidhansingh...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Dear Friends,
>
> This is a general post, contrary to what we usually post on eFI. Even
> then, I could not stop myself in expressing my feelings about our recent
> excursion-cum-meeting programme, concluded from March 03 to 05, 2018.
> As a group, we have been interacting for last many years, without
> personally seeing each other. Through personal efforts of  Balkar Ji and
> myself, we have been able to meet many of our esteemed members, and have
> been lucky to go to field surveys together. Every tour has been a wonderful
> occasion, be it a visit to Chakrata, Gori valley, Valley of Flowers and
> many other places. All these tour were pre-planned and were given a prior
> thinking.
>
> But, this year, knowing about Pankaj Ji's India visit, and his plan to
> visit Dehradun, we decided to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity
> to meet one of the most committed field botanists, known to us. The tour
> was decided, and executed too, without pre-planning. I personally took this
> as more of a meeting than flora hunting, due to being off season for
> flowering. We visited surrounds of Mussoorie-Dhanaulti together, in a group
> of six (me, Balkar Ji, Pankaj Ji, Amit Kotia Ji, Amritpal Singh and
> Mahender Rawat).
>
> It was really a great learning, to explore the forests, with a renowned
> Orchidologist of world, having endless passion and love for these lovely
> plants. His field experience is something to follow and learn from, and I
> am now a better admirer of Pankaj Ji's skills and capabilities. Besides
> being a wonderful taxonomist, he is a humble person, always ready to help
> and extend his full support to any one who approaches him with a need.
> I am thankful to Pankaj Ji for this memorable time, we spent together, to
> Balkar Ji for all the logistic support, in addition to his keen observation
> in the field. I hope we can arrange such tours in future also, which will
> encourage young botanists like Amritpal Singh.
> Attaching a picture of Pankaj Ji with a smile of finding a beautiful and
> fragrant orchid, *Calanthe plantaginea*...
>
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Dr. Nidhan Singh
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Botany
> I.B. (PG) College
> Panipat-132103 Haryana
> Ph.: 09416371227
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