December 29, 2013
The Manas River above, which is between India to Bhutan, is discussed as part of a December 30 blog on Border Disputes.
The region known as the “Chicken Neck” of India includes the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. They form the frontier with Bhutan, one of the most remote, rugged regions in the world
with fascinating agrarian practices.
Rivers from the Himalayans drain through India, providing a great quantity of fish,
floodwaters for rice paddies,
and wildlife reserves that are patrolled not only by park rangers
but the Indian military.
Tall grasslands with deciduous and evergreen broad-leaf trees hide a biologically diverse community as well as political insurgents.
Bamboo forests provide habitat for wildlife. Commercially bamboo is a food source (bamboo hearts), fiber for clothes, kindling, used in construction, and all paper in India is made of bamboo
When harvested, it must be softened to be woven, such as for baskets
If not softened, it may be used as poles in the construction of bashas, thatched huts with plastered walls.
Basha is a term I frequently used in my novel, Behind the forgotten Front.
Other plants mentioned in my book include banana palms,
found in most yards
and Banyan trees, which are frequently planted along the roadside as shade trees.
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