Back from the land of the blue hills!

by Sunita on April 13, 2010

The suitcases have been emptied, the clothes washed, dried and put away in their original places, the house dusted, the carpets vacuumed …yes, we’ve come back from our relatively short trip to India, more specifically, in Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, a North Eastern state of India ( well, a visit of a couple of weeks after a gap of 3 and a 1/2 years is a short stay by our standards). Especially when there are so many visits to be made, so many things to catch up on.

The start was not a very good one as both Rengoni and Agastya were unwell; in fact Agastya remained so till almost the end of our vacation. Not good, huh? So, we did lose a few precious days and many things ( especially the shopping part) were left undone.


Gathering clouds over the fields

But all was not lost though. It was lovely to be in my ma’s arms again and hug my sister; to catch up with some of my aunts, uncles, cousins who were also visiting Guwahati after a long time. Of course, there was also Dinesh’s side of the family too- brothers, sister, cousins, nephew, neices, aunts etc. But, the best part has to be meeting my aita ( grandma). Rengoni and Agastya had never met their aju aita( great grandma) and were thrilled to see her in person. It was a rather  emotional meeting.

It was great to see the mighty Brahmaputra river, one of the largest rivers in the world ( Guwahati is on the southern banks of this river) again, and like always, the vastness of it managed to overwhelm me.

We even managed to escape the dust and heat of the city on a couple of short trips , one to Dekasang in Sonapur ( on the outskirts of Guwahati), an eco friendly resort( local talent and local products have been used in abundance; even the bricks are made in it’s own kiln; everything created on the premises, designed by the owner himself); it also comes with a tree house, adding to the kids excitement!

Another visit was to the Kaziranga National Park ( in upper Assam, a few hours drive from Guwahati), a World Heritage Site and home of two thirds of the world’s Great One Horned Rhinoceros. The kids really enjoyed the trip to Kaziranga, exploring the grasslands atop an elephant. We set off early in the morning and managed to catch glimpses of quite a few rhinos, deer ( even a white one) and Pelicans too ( more on this later).

After all the buzz and chit chat with friends and relatives, the atmosphere now seems rather subdued, or as Rengoni says, rather ”empty”.

There was too much of eating, and if you do not see many pictures of the food, that was because, for once I was too engrossed in the eating and chatting, than clicking.


A view of the countryside

Rengoni recovered half way through our visit, but Agastya’s loss of appetite resulting from indigestion continued, and it was only on our way back that he seemed to start eating with a vengeance. The poor kid lost so much of weight towards the end. I’m glad that he is back to his bright self again now.


Beside one of the many luscious tea gardens- for all you tea lovers out there, this is where the Assam tea comes from ;-)

There were quite a few things that were not ticked off  the list , meeting some dear old friends were top on this list. I truly regret not being able to meet them. Sorry friends ( you all know who you are), but Rengoni and especially Agastya’s ill health really prevented me from leaving them on their own.

Yes, we are back, the same people, but with many more memories ( and a little heavier around the waistline ;-) ) to cherish in the coming days.

The kitchen fire has long been lit; nothing new, but hope to post something soon. Most of the pictures that I have taken during our trip are of the countryside.

There are plenty more photographs to be shared,  and I will be doing so in the coming posts.

So stay tuned. And yes, that’s a promise :-)

On another note, Rongali Bihu, the Assamese festival of spring starts from tomorrow; so here’s wishing  a very happy Rongali Bihu or as we say in Assamese,

Bohag bihur shubheshya thakil!

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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 safa April 13, 2010 at 10:39 am

i am so shocked and thrilled. shocked because there are no comments to this post of yours even after 6 days of its uploading and thrilled because i am gonna be the 1st one to comment. all i can say is it reminds me of my village and its mangoes too but i can’t visit coz of my exams. as usual-gr8 pics. awaiting for more.

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2 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 11:44 am

six days? OOPs! I must have messed around the dates, it’s actually been an hour and a half since I posted it ;-) Will update it :-)

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3 Rosa April 13, 2010 at 11:01 am

Welcome back!!!

What gorgeous pictures and lanscapes!

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 11:44 am

Thanks Rosa :-)

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5 saswati April 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Sunita lovely pics….felt really nostalgic,my first yr of marriage we were posted in chabua…so I could relate to the pics.Finally a happy Bihu !!

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6 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Thanks Saswati; so you’ve been to Assam!

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7 Gini April 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Absolutely beautiful pics. Some of assam does look like Kerala esp. the paddy fields and water views. That eco resort sounds really cool!

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8 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I’ve heard of the similarities with Kerala too :-) As for the resort, it offered a nice respite from the heat of the city, and is just a few kms away on the outskirts of Guwahati :-)

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9 Naina April 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Lovely pics! The beauty of Assam is really awesome!

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10 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Thanks naina :-)

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11 Alka April 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Welcome back!! love all the pics. even though it was a short trip, just to be with family, and getting “living the life” is so, so good for your soul. I still remember some of my trips to India as a kid, the memories stay fresh in some corner of my heart, its like my secret stash. When I need a warm, comforting thought it comes in handy! Glad the kids are doing better. The pics are beautiful, I hope to visit Assam and Sikkhim sometime. I have heard such wonderful things from my friends. :) Also, I wonder if Bihu and Vishu are the same thing? hmm.. it too falls in a couple of days! Happy Bihu to you and your family!

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12 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Yes, I’ve got my little ’stash’ too :-)

I guess, Vishu and Bihu might be the same :-)

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13 Jyoti April 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm

lovely pics.. i have lived in ghy for over 5 years..this place has a special place in my memory..

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14 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Thank you Jyothi; I’m sure you are able to relate to the pictures :-)

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15 notyet100 April 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

lovely clicks,,thnks for sharin

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16 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm

You’re welcome, glad you like them :-)

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17 shama April 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Wow..amazing pictures…thanks for sharing

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18 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm

You’re welcome Shama :-)

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19 Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal April 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Sunita, ming blowingly beautiful pictures !!!!

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20 Soma April 13, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Its been many years since I went home.. I want to go now.

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21 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Maybe you should start planning a trip :-)

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22 Sig April 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Wow, beautiful pics Sunita… Happy Rongali Bihu to you and yours!

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23 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Thanks dear Sig :-)

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24 Mowie @ Mowielicious April 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Oh wow – what an exciting post! Some great photos here. Welcome back Sunita – nice to have you back in my reader =)

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25 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Thanks dear Mo, and nice to have you back here too ;-)

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26 Radhika Vasanth April 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm

These pictures speak thousand words Sunita. It say how beautiful Assam is. Would love to visit North-east sometimes. I am sure there is so much to see and enjoy. Hope Agastya is feeling better now.

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27 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Thanks Radhika, yes, it is indeed beautiful, do visit sometime :-) And yes, Agastya is much better now, thanks .

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28 SS April 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Hey Sunita! Impressive pictures! Glad to see you are back! :) Bohag bihur shubheshya thakil to you too!

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29 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Thank you, and that was perfect ; lol

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30 Asha@FSK April 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Hey Sunita, Looks like you had a ball!! :) ) i do love visits back home – all the pampering, good food and company, one could easily get used to! :)

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31 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Thanks Asha; and yes, one could easily get spoilt rotten ;-)

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32 Aparna April 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I can understand your nostalgia and all the emotion wrapped up in this trip back home. I guess lots has changed while much more is still the same. Pity about R and A falling ill though. The NE is on my “to visit” list. Actually, you have no idea just how long that list is! LOL

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33 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

The change is inevitable I guess, but its nice to see he familiar too :-) You should visit the NE, make that top of your list ;-)

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34 swathi April 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Sunita,

Welcome back, nice pictures with lot of memories, i would like to visit Karziranga national park.

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35 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Thanks Swathi, and do visit KNP someday, I’m sure you’ll love it :-)

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36 Lakshmi April 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm

omg…absolutely gorgeous pics. just greenery everywhere. esp loved the eco resort. im impressed you still managed to visit so many places given such a short duration and kids health. hope all are doing well now.

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37 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Thanks Lakshmi, and yes, we are doing well :-)

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38 A-kay April 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Wonderful pictures – have heard the North East is amazing but have never visited the place. Your pictures just reaffirmed it. Thanks for sharing it.

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39 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Thank you, yes, it is a beautiful part of India, you should visit it someday :-)

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40 shilpa April 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Beautiful pictures Sunita. I am feeling homesick now even though my parents are visiting us. There is something about the beautiful countryside in India.

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41 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Thanks Shilpa, and lucky you with your parents :-)

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42 Madhu April 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Very lovely pics Sunita..making me very nostalgic.

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43 Sunita April 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Thanks Madhu :-)

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44 Priya April 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Welcome back Sunita!!! Ur pictures are just STUNNING!!! Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us coz that is the most I may ever get to see of Assam and its gorgeous countryside. Made me yearn for those long drives I’ve taken with family on a dusty (and bumpy) country roads in parts of Kanara. Looking forward to seeing more – they really made my day.

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45 Sarah, Maison Cupcake April 13, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Lovely pictures, I hope you had a wonderful time with your family and it’s great to have you back, it feels like AGES.

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46 Mamatha April 13, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Such gorgeous pictures Sunita! Welcome back.

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47 The Gypsy Chef April 14, 2010 at 3:03 am

What a lovey vacation. Too bad Rengoni and Agastya were ill. I hope it didn’t spoil their trip.
The pics are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.
Welcome home.
Pam

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48 Sra April 14, 2010 at 11:05 am

There is so much yearning and fulfilment all at once in this post, Sunita. What can I say, the pix are beautiful and I’m sure I’ll come back repeatedly to visit. I loved the picture of the Brahmaputra. Everything looks so misty and cloudy!

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49 poornima krishnan April 15, 2010 at 3:25 am

Glad you are back safe and sound. Beautiful pics. Oh how I miss it all.

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50 evolvingtastes April 15, 2010 at 4:14 am

Sunita, thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures of Assam. Hope I get to visit someday!

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51 Nirmala April 15, 2010 at 8:12 am

Welcome back Sunita! I really missed you. Wow those were some goreous pics…And sick kids are rally difficult to manage especially during vacations…Hope Agastya is doing good now.

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52 Cooking Foodie April 15, 2010 at 8:57 am

Sunita,
Beautiful pics… NE is on my list t visit fr a long time… 2-3 week vacations to India are never enough to do all you want…
The eco resort is really fabulous.. will stay there whenever I do go…

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53 Divya Vikram April 17, 2010 at 1:34 am

Welcome back Sunita. Lovely pics.

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54 Michelle April 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Sunita,
Beautiful pics… NE is on my list t visit fr a long time… 2-3 week vacations to India are never enough to do all you want…
The eco resort is really fabulous.. will stay there whenever I do go…

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55 Alan April 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Lovely pictures, I hope you had a wonderful time with your family and it’s great to have you back, it feels like AGES.

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