Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
One of the major attraction of Assam is Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary.It covers an approx .430 sq.km.area. and is located on the banks of Bhramaputra,partly in Nagaon distt. and partly in Golaghat distt.It is open for the visitors from Nov. to April.It is inhabitated by the world's largest population of ONE HORN RHINO,many other mammals including tigers,elephants,,bisons,wildboar,swamp deer .Visitors come here for Bird watching too.People from all over the world visit here and this sanctuary is gaining its popularity ever.
Last Christmas holidays we made a trip to Kaziranga.It is 217 km away from Guwahati.We travelled by car and opted for this beautiful resort to stay overnite.We retired early to bed after enjoying a magnificient evening with good food,great Jhumoor Dance (performed by tea garden folks)and camp fire.We had to get up early in the morning to catch up the Elephant back ride.
Next morning we left in the early hrs.of the dawn for the elephant back ride.As we finished drinking LAL CHAI(red tea) in a small tea stall...we saw elephants returning back with the first batch of visitors.It was a beautiful sight elephants emerging amidst the rolling mist.Our group was divided in two ,and we finally seated on elephant back.These elephants have authorised and well trained Mahouts.It is one kind of an experience.........off to spotting the animals...
Chandika hails from my husband's ancestral village Namkhola.This Rongali Bihu she gifted me this beautiful blue handmade bisoni(fan).She uses thinly sliced bamboo sticks,old used wool or colored threads,old clothings to make these beautiful fans.She made her very first bisoni at the age of eleven,whole house was very happy about it ..they had duck for dinner that night...until they discovered later that she cut her father's brand new muffler to get some wool.
Right now she is busy making a new one.AMAZING.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
As i was offering diya while my morning puja,i remembered the gift my brother in law gave me two days back....an extra long pack of incense sticks."Bow(thats bhabhi in assamese) this stick burns for three hrs.and has four different fragrances durva,naivedya,bhupali,vibhinnata'...i was informed.
The wood end of the stick was too thick,i trimmed it accordingly with a knife to fit it in to the stand.Just like seasons ,the fragrance changed too...... i enjoyed the current one and waited eagerly for the next one.The home smelled beautiful......no big deal but these small things somehow make your day special....it had a very soothing effect on me.
Life has so much to offer us in simple ways....if only we are willing to find it ,see it,feel it and accept it.