Nidhan Singh

Efloraofindia: A Beautiful Voyage through Plant World


Dear Friends of Efloraofindia,

It was one fine day of November 2010, I was in Shimla for a refresher course, when I was first introduced to this wonderful group. I joined the group, though hesitating, for so little I knew about Indian flora. I got a hearty welcome and things started. I noticed that a large number of plant lovers and renowned scientists are the experts for this group. As I belong to a place devoid of much plant diversity, as well as I do not possess the observational and professional skills required to be a field botanist, there always had been a feeling of ignorance in me, kind of inferiority. I am free of this feeling now, for the reason that the world level experts of this group do not take anyone lightly, howsoever less informed one may be. This is the most remarkable and appreciable achievement of this forum that it keeps every one upright at the same level. I am indebted to senior members, who kept on encouraging even little efforts of mine, included me in moderators, and eventually to higher and more respectable designations on this platform.

At present, I can very well imagine what I could have been doing without joining this most wonderful and fruitful web group. I now do have a purpose, and an entire team of selfless experts who are committed to provide any academic help to me and everyone who requests. I do not wish to keep it a secret that I was not having even a fractional interest of what I have now, in carrying forward my research, more so, after I joined a regular teaching job. This was most probably due to one main reason, where to get answers for so many queries? I also didn’t have much photographic skills required to record floristic diversity. I am certainly a member, who has gained a lot, still gaining a lot and will gain a lot from the interactions of experts and nature lovers on efi. This is through efloraofindia only, that I could become part of some very successful and yielding excursions to Himalayas, which helped in evolving my interest. I now have a number of experts in my direct contact, each one specializing in certain fields, each one generous enough to extend maximum possible help, all due to efloraofindia only.         

Why joined efloraofindia?

Initially, this was my interest in knowing names of surrounding plants. I hoped efi can be a good platform to get plant identifications, nothing more was expected. Being a person who acquired his Ph.D. degree by working on floristic diversity of a small area, I thought I may be comfortable for at least few taxa and can suggest something if a familiar plant comes to view.

A pleasant journey started:

After joining the interactions, I was surprised to see the commitment and involvement of the experts, their affectionate response towards everyone, regardless of right or wrong submission or suggestion. Correcting the things always came respectfully. I never felt like being at a wrong place, despite having insufficient skills, as was my apprehension in the beginning.

Speciality of Efloraofindia:

This is a group with a clear motive and orientation. Multidimensional inputs are being channelled to a single direction to fulfil the objective of creating a huge and authentic database on plant wealth of Indian sub-continent. For this very reason, efloraofindia qualifies to be a special group, only one of its kind.

What makes Efi-a group with a difference?

Though I am not much familiar with other such groups, yet, in my opinion, efloraofindia is clearly outstanding in being very well organized and decentralized group. Each member feels equally privileged and rightful.

Feeling of Association:

Being a part of this group gives me a deep sense of satisfaction and proud. Sharing a group with some senior taxonomists as well as enthusiastic plant lovers settled all across the globe is certainly a matter I can boast of. Being on efloraofindia gives a strong feeling of association.

Life Changing Experience:

Efloraofindia has nurtured in me a deep desire and continuous quest for exploring more and sharing my observations. I find people around me, many of them involved in useless gossip, which virtually leads to nothing. Now, I do not have a time slot for such activities. Whatever energy and time is left with me, after my commitments at job, I try to keep myself involved in learning from the group. All the time I spend with efi is being invested in activities of my own field of interest.   

Future of efloraofindia is Glistering:

After many years of organized collections, our treasure of data has now changed into an information resource. This is being quoted for many scientific and academic works. Future of efi is certainly much brighter and clearer and this wonderful group is going to be the most sought after collaboration. I wish efloraofindia a long and progressive journey for years to come. All the Best!!