Blogging from the town of Jorhat in upper Assam.
I started my journey at 9 am today on the Assam State Transport bus ( supposed to be a “super” which means that it should only stop at a few places on the way. Nobody had told the driver this little fact, so we stopped all along the way whenever the driver felt the need to. The bus ride was supposed to take 6 hours, it took 8. I was not overly concerned, almost expected it.
The leg from Guwahati to Nagaon was spent reading “The moth-eaten Howdah of the Tusker’ by Indira Goswami, translated into English by the author herself from the original Assamese. WHile reading about the “Sattras” ( seats of Vaishnava religion in Assam ) and the degeneration of the landlords ( the religious heads, or Satradhikars), my condition was deteriorating with the dust of the under-construction 6 lane highway.
The bus stopped for lunch at a dhaba – where I had a Assamese thali ( for 25 Rs – kola khar, maati dail, mosoor dail, bean bhaji, alu phoolkobi bhaji, salad, achar, rice). Good stuff!
Met up with other members of TEN at Koliabor, just after the turning towards Tezpur, where they climbed onto the same bus. While crossing Kaziranga N.P. we saw a rhino grazing in the wildland, and a wild elephant staring at us from the roadside. The view of the tea-gardens started right after – neatly laid out rows of tea bushes, dotted with taller trees.
Passed through Bokakhat and reached Jorhat at 5 pm after a really long and exhausting ride.