Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sharavathi- the Many Splendoured River

 The river Sharavathi holds a special place in my heart as I spent my childhood in Jog Falls, where my father was the superintending engineer at the power plant. This turbulent river flows entirely through the rainforests of the Western Ghats before it joins the ocean at Honnavar.
 When it is not flowing through the dense forest, the river irrigates rice fields, coconut and spice gardens. The waterways along the Sharavathi were used to export pepper, cinnamon, ginger and other spices in the olden days.
 People extract small quantities of sand to build their homes, as large scale sand mining is prohibited.
The railway bridge across the river is an engineering marvel.
 Much of the Sharavathi basin is now declared a world heritage site. The river supports incredible numbers of flora and fauna.
 The splendour of Jog Falls is seen only during the monsoon season. The falls is 280metres high. The dense forests around it have tigers, leopards, fox, wild dog and many other wild animals.
 Sharavathi provides us with food, electricity and timber.
My thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger for the stimulating ABCWednesday.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Restful Rekong Peo

When I first laid my eyes on the  rural looking Rekong Peo, its ravishing beauty took my breath away. We had driven through apple country, where the apple blossoms were in full bloom. Rekong Peo is the headquarters of the Kinnaur district of the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh.It was named Rekong Peo in honour of a family which owned most of the land there. With its rustic beauty, Rekong Peo is the right place for a restful holiday.
 Apple is the life of the people of Kinnaur. The blooms have fruited, and the markets of all the cities and villages of India, including  my city 3000km away from Rekong Peo, are filled with delicious apples now.

 The Kinner Kailash peak is seen from all parts of the town. Many people go round the peak braving rough terrain and fickle weather.
My thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger for the really wonderful ABCWednesday.