Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mon Trip


 We filled our tanks, 23rd October, 6:30 AM











And made this shopkeeper happy by doing his jatara for the day





We traveled miles through tea gardens of Assam




While we waited for our friends in the RRT gypsy car who got lost, we visited these maidams, the tombs of the great Ahom kings and queens



This lovely couple also came and took some pictures of each other


 This beautiful tree at Sonari, Assam is a landmark for one Muslim Hotel where they cook delicious Beef meat. We considered packing some meat in the vaccine carrier which has ice packs, but dropped the idea as the carrier contains precious blood samples





Beautiful waterfalls, just before Mon.




The ADC guest house where we camped





 Loud and clear, showing in which part of the world we are




 Preliminary discussions and preparations the night before the investigation




 Dr. Kevi tried the safety precaution wears





A Morung at Wakching, destination village




This was Civil Hospital before the 2nd World War. It was a nostalgic moment for our team member Dr. Kevi Sekhose as his grandpa worked here in thooose days





 The Wakching Primary Health Centre of today, sadly not so much improvement since the one before WW II




The drinking water source. One of the suspected source of infection for the disease outbreak under investigation.



ENPO has been demanding separate statehood for the four Districts of Mon, Tuensang, Longleng, and Kiphire



 This Dr. SMS claims to have permanent treatment for Sex, Dental, etc.



      The glory of Wakching




 Back to Mon town. The town has a considerable no. of thatched houses along with many fine concrete buildings



On our way back, friends bought Rs. 3000 worth of this..................................



 In Nagaland, whichever part we go, there is deforestation. This is a serious concern





Not often...when the one behind the camera gets to come in front of it

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bonsai

The huge Juniper tree in front of my house at Kikruma village is legendary. My grandparents used its shade as home. It also served as home for ghosts where they raised their young ones. Now, I want to make dwarf plants (Bonsai) out of it. (Strictly speaking, Dwarf plant is not a synonym of Bonsai)

I have been reading about Bonsai for some years. My interest in Bonsai began when I went to a plant exhibition in Imphal around 2003-2004.  It is time I put into practice what I have read.

Juniper trees are said to be ideal plants for growing Bonsai, but it’s hard to find Juniper saplings. So, I have to manage with cuttings. I took around 20 cuttings each from the two juniper varieties that were available at home. Out of about 40 cuttings, only 2, one from each variety survived and developed roots. That’s a success, actually. These are the two.
 
 My mom already had these other 2 saplings (below); again from cuttings.  So, here we are, set to begin. Keep a close look at the pictures and see the transformation as more pictures of the same plants will be uploaded in the future.


This (below) is all the way from the top of 2nd Saramati Mountain in Myanmar border. It’s a variety of Rhododendron which is different from the ones we get at home. The villagers (Thanamir village) told me that flowers are not just red or white. It’s multicolored. Time will tell if that is true. Actually there were two saplings, but my uncle stole one (taken without permission). To grow Bonsai out of these may be tricky. 

 

















 Finally, Here’s a natural Bonsai that my brother Aveo brought from the village. I say ‘Natural’ because it wasn’t pruned artificially to be a Bonsai, but simply a stunted plant found in the backyard.