Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sunset Photo series in Mizoram

Phairuangkai to Lunglei

Sunset on the way to Lunglei from Aizawl

Sunset on the way to Tlabung

Sunset with Chawnpui Veng, Aizawl on the Backdrop

The Sun had already set on way to Phairuangkai , lovely lonely Hut on top of the hill, would love to spend the weekend there.

Sunset on a Cloudy day taken from Zarkawt

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Took this picture @ home one afternoon after having lunch.
Had gone to Rock Fort Temple in Trichy and was coming back and found this picture too irresistible to not have a shot at.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Mautam Famine in Myanmar- Migration to Mizoram

A traditional starvation, which occurs in every fiftieth year in all areas covered by Bamboos unfortunately happened in all Mizoram State (India) and in all Chinland (Chin State) in Myanmar this year 2007. It is the year of bamboo flowering period while many kinds of insects especially the rats eat up all paddy before harvest.Not a single paddy stalk has been harvested in all areas. As it is unnatural, but traditional, the people also realize the threat of the rats before hands and make various mousetraps for protection of rats. But it is very wonderful that many hectares of cultivated lands are seen finished up even in a night though the owners are watching. There has been traditional saying that the reproductive hormones of the rats come stronger active by eating fruits of bamboo which result to increase a huge numbers of rats. Naturally the rat gives birth twice in the year but during bamboo flowering time they can give birth dozen times in a year. They begin to eat anything they can find. Usually the rats begin with the rice fields. They also ate up every kind of crops, from brinjal to soya bean and even a bitter gourd. They have not only attacked these, but have been found nibbling on bamboo matted floors inside houses and destructed even home materials.Groups of rats while swimming across rivers and streams are usually found even at day time. This year in 2007, one of the Matus killed baskets of rats when he found the rats coming across the river from another bank. The banks of streams and rivers are full with bad smell of dead rats left by floods of rainy season. The fore-fathers said that this traditional disaster effects the people three to five years of starvation bringing along with it death, destruction and suffering. Five years is thought to be the life-time of rats.

The Chin people always depend on their own crops by means of shifting cultivation every year. Maize and rice are their major food. This year, small or big family who used to reap 200 to 400 tins can only reap 20-40 tins of paddy for the whole year-life (two tins of paddy came out 15 kilogram of rice after grinding). There are also many families who totally lost reaping from their fields. Besides, natural calamities such as long heavy rain-fall caused the maize rotten and cyclone in another hand destructed paddy fields along with rat's threat.

Fifty years back, about in 1957 when the Chinland was strongly stroke by Bamboo Flowering Famine (Mautam), most of the people depended on yams as food. Couple of family set out to search for the main roots of yams. The yams are to be digged out into five to eight feet of depth. The deeper, the bigger of yams they were happy to find for hand to mouth feeding of the family. Another source of food on which they depended is a kind of tree in thick forest called Tung/Bak├┤. The stem of the tree inside is sweet in taste. They cut down and took it making slices to dry in sunshine. They grinded into powder after which the powder is mixed with few rice and cooked for food.This kind of tree is to be found only in thick forest that people had to spend a lot of time to take. Days and months were counted for the new babes and children who could not serve the rough food.

Every aspect of development is especially based on communication. Chinland which is constituted by high mountains and deep valleys is one of the poorest communications of all other states in Myanmar. Under force labour of the Military junta, Jeepable-road upto Vuangtu village from Thantlang, upto Sabawngte village from Rezua have been constructed by the native people themselves. But the people of Vuangtu and Sabawngte never see motors till now. The road remained itself unused since there is no vehicle even for transportation of their military ration. The local people nowadays are still forced to improve these roads besides food starvation. It is hopeful if the roads might have been improved to take rice from plain area such as Kalemyo and Kankaw if there is any source of money. There is also an effective waterway from Akyab to Paletwa to carry whatever goods necessary for Chin people of Khumi area. From Paletwa, some goods also are able to be carried up to Sinletwa by means of engine-boat to feed the people who live in Maraland.

Salai Chinzah

Chin National Council