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Subha J Rao
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Chatline Bhavin Shah promotes new homes for sparrows and other birds. He tells Subha J Rao that with a little effort we could tempt birds back into our urban lives

Bhavin Shah Photo: K. Ananthan
Bhavin Shah Photo: K. Ananthan

Bhavin Shah grew up watching his father Ashok set out water for the birds every single day. It was a family tradition. He watched sparrows, crows and other birds swoop down on the terrace of his decades-old house to quench their thirst. Once in a while, they even flew inside. “The fans would immediately be switched off so that they did not get hurt,” he recalls.

Little wonder, Bhavin grew up with a deep love for sparrows and became their saviour years later.

By day, Bhavin is a dealer of FMCG goods. He sells everything from noodles, beverages and biscuits to oats, grains and cement. But, early mornings and late evenings are reserved for birds and family.

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