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The Braided River: A Journey Along the Brahmaputra Kindle Edition
A travel memoir that includes personal observations and encounters, folklore and mythology, geography and history of the region
Samrat Choudhury is a journalist and has covered Northeast issues extensively over the years
The book has endorsements from Shashi Tharoor, Stephen Alter and several others --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
The Brahmaputra is by some margin the largest river in India. After its confluence with the Ganga in Bangladesh, it becomes the largest in Asia. In The Braided River, journalist Samrat Choudhury sets out to follow its braided course from the edge of Tibet where it enters India down to where it meets the Ganga at a spot marked by the biggest red light district in Bangladesh. Along the way, he meets suspicious Indian spies, gets packed off on the back of a cement truck by soldiers, visit a shelter home for baby rhino and elephant orphans in Kaziranga, and hops from river island to riverside town meeting the locals. The tales of these encounters spice up a story that weaves in the history of the emergence of the border between India and China in Arunachal Pradesh, the formation of the Assamese identity -- a matter of great contemporary relevance owing to the National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act -- and the ecological challenges posed by proposed dams.
This is a genre-bending book that touches upon several hot-button issues -- environmental, military and political -- as it blends travel, memoir and history with the present.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08YS8Q98S
- Publisher : HarperCollins (28 April 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 11230 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,996 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writer has so beautifully intertwined the history, culture, science and geography with adventure and humour that it leaves the reader wishing for more...it is a travelogue the readers will experience while they read.