Monday, 17 August 2015

Tezpur - City of Eternal Romance

    Photo credit: Michel Foley

An ancient city on the banks of river Brahmaputra, soaked in legends, mythology and rich culture. Of course back then I wasn't aware of it, all I knew was that I was going to an unknown territory.

When I was 10 years old (around 1998) my dad got posted to Tezpur, Assam. I don't have much memory from the first night we landed there other than the fact that it was pretty dark and there was not a soul around. Luckily we found an Officer from Air Force who was also heading to the same base and hitchhiked (It wasn't the safest place to travel alone).

Next morning when I opened curtains I was left baffled. Gigantic grasses all over (which I learnt later were called elephant grass).

    Photo credit: Souparna

More greenery than I had ever seen in my entire life. Even the rose bush was unusual, there were like a hundred roses on an average, I couldn't even see the leaves! I rushed out to get a closer look only to come face to face with a monkey! I screamed and came running back and decided to watch it from safe distance. It turned out to be a good decision because there was a big troop of monkeys walking through our garden. I was in the middle of a jungle ( or atleast that's how I felt).

    Photo credit: anshu_si

The more I explored the more I fell in love with this new world. It was as if this place had somehow fallen to a wormhole and remained untouched by time. Soon I got used to our monkey friends, snakes, wild boars and occasional elephants.

Just outside our quarters (that's what we call our residence) there was a village. I used to sometimes accompany my dad to the weekly vegetable market in the village and it always left me awestruck.

    Photo credit: Travelling slacker

Villages in east are nothing like what we see in other parts of the country, even a tiny mud house is surrounded by beautiful flower bed! Such an immaculate place and people.

    Photo credit: Andrew Codrington

It was a perfect place for a kid to grow up. You could spend your days picking cotton from cotton trees and spend night chasing fireflies! And I don't mean one or two isolated fileflies which gaze around here. I mean hundreds of them around you just a touch away. No picture can capture that moment.

                            Photo credit: Takashi ota

There were some ups and down and times when I just wanted to run away from that place ( especially after a very disturbing episode of being chased by a crazy macaque) but when you wake up to something like this

    Photo credit: Chris

you forget all your rues and look forward to a better day...

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