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India to Bhutan – A Stones Throw Away

December 29, 2013

Manas River separating India from Bhutan
Manas River separating India from Bhutan

The Manas River above, which is between India to Bhutan, is discussed as part of a December 30 blog on Border Disputes.

Jeep trail used by park rangers and Indian military
Manas Tiger Reserve Jeep trail used by park rangers and military

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

Manas Tiger Reserve Ranger Station
Manas Tiger Reserve Ranger Station. Samson is a superb birding guide.

with fascinating agrarian practices.

Fishing nets used by all
Fishing nets used by all

Rivers from the Himalayans drain through India, providing a great quantity of fish,

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floodwaters for rice paddies,

rice paddies
rice paddies

and wildlife reserves that are patrolled not only by park rangers

ranger cook stoves
ranger cook stoves

but the Indian military.

Under basha, military has stored a canoe for monsoon season
Under basha, military has stored a canoe for monsoon season

Tall grasslands with deciduous and evergreen broad-leaf trees hide a biologically diverse community as well as political insurgents.

Find the elephant. Find the guerrilla.
Find the elephant. Find the guerrilla.

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

bamboo grove
bamboo grove

When harvested, it must be softened to be woven, such as for baskets

bamboosoftening
softening bamboo

If not softened, it may be used as poles in the construction of bashas, thatched huts with plastered walls.

constructing basha
constructing basha

Basha is a term I frequently used in my novel, Behind the forgotten Front.

weaving bamboo for basha
weaving bamboo for basha

Other plants mentioned in my book include banana palms,

Banana palms
Banana palms

found in most yards

Banyan tree
Banyan tree

and Banyan trees, which are frequently planted along the roadside as shade trees.
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