As any kind of seeker of knowledge (i.e., vidyārthī), we employ more than one sense at a time to learn about our world … and, hopefully, about ourselves. Even when one or more of our five external senses (touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste) may be weak or not functioning, we find ways around these limitations.

Last week, I talked about the geographer’s eye, today, it’s about the geographer’s ear.

The basic idea for today’s article came to me from Ms. Shiva Mehta, a geography teacher at Army Public School, K Kamaraj Road, Bengaluru.

She shared a link with me that is an amazing online resource for some innovative geography study. Thank you, Ms. Shiva!


You have heard the word landscape – it is generally used to mean the geography that the eye sees around us. Similarly, we can use the word soundscape – geography as perceived through sound.

In my previous article, I had mentioned the soundscapes created by various types of vendors passing through the streets of our neighborhoods.

This is a different kind of soundscape we are looking at … well, sorry, listening to!

It’s on the internet:

You can find radio stations from around the world, mapped. Oh, how geographical!

You can click any of the locations marked and listen to different radio stations from around the world.

This time, I am inviting you to ask geography questions, not to answer them!

So, check out that link and raise different geography questions. And then answer them yourself.

Because of the nature of this challenge to you, your prize will go up! You will be featured on this blog:

  • photograph,
  • listing of your best geography question(s),
  • your answers to them, and
  • your school name!

You will also receive a small prize from The Institute of Geographical Studies. It’s a surprise!

Share this exercise with (other) vidyārthīs you may know.

Write your responses in an email and send them to me at

I will respond to them in a future article here and on this blog.

Yes, you are welcome to collaborate with anyone, but you must say whom you collaborated with – academic ethics.

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