I am not going to add any pictures to make the reading easy. It’s we who are responsible if something bad happens to the ecology of the village. And if you can’t even force yourself to read a 150-word article, there is no point in anything!
“Cherrapunji- wettest place on earth.
While rains bring life to much of the place, they have long presented a challenge to the indigenous Khasi people, people who live deep inside Meghalaya’s jungles. During monsoons, the otherwise gentle waterways that flow through the deep valleys become strong with rainfed torrents- impossible to cross by foot.
About 180 years ago, Khasi elders devised a different solution. Rubber tree roots were guided in hollow arecanut palm to meet halfway across the stream. The roots were tended to and patiently nurtured for years until they slowly reached the opposite bank, forming the skeleton that eventually grows into a bridge capable of carrying a human’s weight.
Yes, in order to cross a swollen river in the country’s Meghalaya region, villagers devised a clever solution- weaving tree roots into sturdy living structures.”
This is an extract from a stunning article by Neelima Vallangi, featured in BBC Travel 2014, something that brought this amazing piece of land called Nongriat out to the world, opening an endless opportunity for tourism in the state. A pristine location, accessible only by foot.
Opportunities are great, but it does come with responsibilities, the ones that we forgot. Quite recently it seems the village is suffering because of our forgetfulness- Plastic getting piled up all over the place, and a few more issues that I am not mentioning.
And this has happened not because of the negligence of the government or the authorities- this has happened only because of us, the people who visit the place, including you and me, our irresponsibility.
It’s understandable that by the time you have completed the trek to the village for the view of the double-decker root bridge, the pain in your legs might have overthrown your concern for nature. But I am writing this because at least from now on, it shouldn’t be the same. Please do not forget that before becoming a tourist place, it was and is a village- home to more than a dozen soulful families.
Its somebody’s home, where we are always welcomed to visit, share the joy and witness the wonder, and we ought to respect it! We are not supposed to make it dirty, to disturb their life or their beliefs.
Our actions shouldn’t let it become like the destinations below, where we had failed terribly.
It’s not the end of the list, a lot of other places like Shimla, Nainital, Goa, Varanasi, Agra, Mussoorie, Triund, Jaipur, Srinagar, Darjeeling, and the list goes on.
Have a look at this article from Scoopwhoop.
The list is longer than given in the article and you know it!
The book I am writing- Franky, is just an effort from someone like you, to help the village protect itself from people like us.
Art Courtesy: James Round