Wild Jepa is about inspiring a love for the wildlife. That is the most effective way to protect the endangered wild species from extinction. Nothing protects like love! It is also about appreciating and enjoying nature to the hilt. I shall also touch upon numerous subjects that are not directly related to the theme here but good enough to keep the campfire chat going well into the midnight!
My interest in nature started at an early age. I grew up in the countryside of Karnataka, India and I remember that I played in the jungle nearby almost every weekend. I gathered dead trees for fuel, wild mangoes for pickle and delicious brown berry for snacks. I searched for wild edibles like thump-size blueberries or white mushrooms and I fished with my bare hands with other kids from my village.
A grunt from a wild boar, an alarm call from a barking deer or a sambar that a leopard is afoot, and a sloth-bear in a frenzy, a scream from a wild elephant and an occasional “Ooongh! Aoongh!” from a tiger would send a chill down my spine, and at the same time also excite my curiosity of the jungle even further.
When I grew up into mid-teenage, I read “Man-eaters of Kumaon” by the legendary hunter-turned-conservationist Jim Corbett who visited this planet a century ago, I learned how to sense danger by the alarm calls of birds, deer and monkeys, position of grass, wind direction, and footprints of the denizens of the jungle. I also learned how crucial it is to ensure the survival and continuity of the endangered wild animals such as tigers to prevent the world from going poor and ugly. Also, I was always eager to learn about how to enjoy the wilderness to the fullest. Nature was fascinating to me because it seemed like a big living mystery where every part had its place and would fit in.
After serving the US military and executing a number of operational commitments, I worked numerous jobs ( I just can’t stick to one job because it bores me and because I love life so much I stick to ten different jobs!) including as a translator for the immigration department but then decided to start a youtube channel to follow my true passion. I am making videos about enjoying the nature in every form possible including trekking, rock climbing, cooking, swimming, primitive living skills, survival, but no hunting. I love guns, bows and catapult or slingshot but I would not kill another living being in the name of sport or trophy or profit. For survival and self-defense, yes!
My father often described my passion for guns as something he noticed days after my birth. I would point my index finger in the air and make the sound of a gun going off, “Ding-goong, ding-goong!” A lama told him that I was a reincarnation of a Tibetan soldier who died fighting the communist invasion of Tibet in the 60’s and that I died in the midst of gun sounds that kind of embedded in the stream of my consciousness! Why am I telling you this anecdote? I am an unbeliever, nonbeliever or atheist. Well, I just found it amusing to observe as to what length people can go to believe anything with no evidence whatsoever, including the so-called highly educated modern two-legged creatures!
I consider myself a compassionate nature lover, and if provoked and if necessary to the point of militancy! And that I want to live as close as, and as long as possible, to mother nature and right now I am in the process of learning how to live alone in the monsoon jungles of South India teeming with exotic dangerous wildlife and thrive in the wild.
Till then, stay tuned!