Thursday, May 10, 2007

Train Journey through Pristine Nature

Only yesterday I browsed through my collection of pictures. In a forlorn folder inside my computer I found some pictures of the train route between Silchar and Lumding (in Assam). The train route was constructed around 1900 by the Bristishers, although the Indian government is trying to convert this meter gauge into broad gauge.

The train journey between Lumding and Silchar is one of its kind largely because it has not been commercialized and hyped. Enroute lies Jatinga, a village famous for the mystery of birds committing suicide in hordes -- a phenomenon yet to be explained. Ornithologists have been flocking to this place to study the phenomenon. The area is rich in a variety of orchids & plants species such as Blue Vandas (a lovely sky blue orchid) -- the only one of its kinds in the world.

A friend had sent me these pictures. And I learn that this is the train route on which Sharukh Khan shot his famous Chaiya Chaiya song for the film Dil Se.

6 comments:

Vinod said...

The images are lovely...feel like going there..

Animesh said...

Hey this is a great place...feel like visiting it. Never beleived one could have turns on railway bridges like that. A miracle by the Britishers. Hats off to them.

prashant said...

These images got me thinking.

Why cant we open an e-learning center in North-East?

The concentration of English speaking individuals there is much higher than probably anywhere else in India.
Labour should be cheap! I know so many Assamese, Bongs and some Mizos and Nagas who would accept any job in the NE if it paid around Rs7k-10k.

Land will certainly be cheap there. Certainly cheaper than Mumbai (O me Gawd) or Delhi or Bangalore.


I guess it all boils down to infrastructure. Internet connectivity, uninterrupted electricity etc.

So are the state govts doing anything? What does Mr Know-it-All (also called Asim Choudhary) have to say abt initiatives on the part of the NE state govts to bring tech start ups to their states?

Market economics says that what makes business sense will eventually prevail unless impeded by forces that eventually affect the bottomline.

So if it makes such a good business proposition to have an e-learning setup in the NE, why hasnt anyone thought about it till now.

Mr Know-it-all, what is your take on this?

vijay said...
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vijay said...

when saw the pictures, eyes stopped suddenly feel something extra with that...i was made to sing just "chhaiyan-chhaiyan..."
along with linguistic presentation and points about that place was too fine.

Robijyoti said...

THIS IS REALLY A GOOD POST. I BELONG TO SILCHAR(NORTHEAST, INDIA) AND KNOW THE NATURAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE THEREON. ACTUALLY NO BODY IS THINKING SERIOUSLY ABOUT THE PLACE FOR WHICH IT IS NOT GETTING POPULARITY