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Vivid Konkan - I

Vivid Konkan - I


Konkan region is a narrow land almost about 100 Km, lies between Arab sea and mighty Sahyadri range or western ghats. A part of world receives heavy rainfall of about 1000 mm in only four months of the year - from June to August. Small river streams, often hardly 20 -50 m wide flows down east-wet and meets Arab sea. These streams carries mud in rainy season and seen red for most of time. After January or so, these rivers dries up and in some places causes scarcity of water. Inability to build the dams and geographical restrictions is the reason for a contradictory situation - drought situation in summer in heavy monsoon rainfall region. 

These rivers are often crossed with narrow, old and un-maintained bridges. In some places these are concrete built with the aid of government. However, on small streams usually it is built by local person leaving in near by houses. The village I visited, Chafed in Ratnagiri, has banned selling and production of liquor in its territory. The drunkards now cross this particular bridge and drink alcohol in near by villages and come back home in late evening. These absolute drunk fellows manage to use this bridge without fail. Ramesh, local guy wandering with me, told that there had been no single accident of a drunkard as far s his memory goes. When these bridge collapses, it takes long to rebuilt the bridge because of red tapes.



Presence of a Banyan tree in village serves many roles - a bus-stop, a worship place, and even a landmark . Our ancestors recognized the importance of such trees and made sure to have them growing in the vicinity by hook or crook. In konkan, such vital trees are often related to religious practices and customs. We all know about Vat-pournima, a day where married Indian woman prays to god for long life to her husband. Almost all major trees have added advantage of being used as herbs. Banyan tree is an excellent indication of healthy eco-system present as this tree provides shelter to many life forms like birds.
Green paddy fields, obvious crop in monsoon blessed region, is usual picture in months of July-August in Konkan. Walking among patches of cultivated area bifurcated by walking-roads is mesmerizing experience. Konkan is hilly area, which is is prime reason not to have wide-n-large spread fields. Often even the small fields is owned by multiple houses and sometimes the only source of making money. Poverty is forever and people are touchy.

12 comments:

  1. Never been to these places. Great shots!

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    1. And thats why we all blog about travel ! Indrani its my home town You are always invited :-)

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  2. I always love to see places close to nature and Konkan looks perfect..Nice Captures Paresh.. :-)

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    1. Thanks...You are always welcome to Konkan :-)

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  3. Everything i have seen from childhood
    But never 'read' it , nice to read what we have seen
    Waiting for next part :)

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    1. Childhood memories are unforgettable, which is precise reason to sourish a child carefully. I am happy to cheer your good memories. In few days next part will be out Thanks :-)

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  4. Beautiful ! good to see Konkan beyond the beaches !!!

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    1. Thanks Vasant. Welcome to the blog. There is plenty more and vivid in Konkan apart from sea beaches. Keep following the blog for more. :-)

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