Nidhan Ji, 
It was really nice to read about your excursion with Pankaj Ji and Balkar 

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:56:18 PM UTC+4, Nidhan Singh 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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