05 December, 2020

Coming Home To The Brahmaputra

Coming Home To The Brahmaputra
A visit to Assam is always a scenic delight. It begins right on the plane from Delhi. If you are foresighted enough to ask for a window seat onthe left-hand side, you will get a panoramic view of the Himalayas for nearly one-and-a-half hours of the two-hour flight. They are an awesome sight and on a clear day, if the pilot informs you in time, you can get postcard views of Everest and Kanchenjunga in all their glory. And it won't be a cliche to say that they are an unforgettable sight. Then as the plane banks steeply over Guwahati before touch-down, one gets an equally awesome sight—the mighty Brahmaputra, which dominates Assam as much with love as with power. Without the Brahmaputra, Assam would be nothing and as I grew up on its banks, to return to it in Guwahati is like returning to one's mother. The last time I was televised, I walked down a grassy slope right down to the water. From every point one can see Umananda, the island which used to be inhabited by a tribe of monkeys whose coo-coo-coo used to reverberate over Guwahati. One seldom hears them now.

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