After every meter there was a 10 feet long crater. You either hopscotch or walk through the muddy fields that ran alongside. These were the notorious roads of Jorhat, which even the most seasoned Rickshawalla and fighter jet Autowallah feared to venture. You could see females of all ages standing near the mouth of the street called Borbheta Charali, with loads of grocery and shopping bags, pleading the rickshawalla to drop them home. The autowallas don’t even dare to stop lest a girl manages to convince them to do the dangerous.
“Dada bolok, paribo solabo” (Dada let’s go, you will be able to drive)
You could see the dilemma in the eyes of rickshawallas – first eyeing the money that is being offered and then the treacherous roads that lay in front.
Some take the bait and return back howling in terror and pain.
That was in 1997 when we first moved to the city. The horrors of walking those broken roads still makes my hips ache. But the roads were mended in 2000 and the people of Chewnigaon collectively rejoiced by drinking and singing Bihu songs.
You can see the road in this screen shot from Google Map. 😊
But as the fate maybe, the roads started cracking again. Imagine the kind of construction materials the contractors must have used.
And going home looked akin to Starks going back to Winterfell. We have fought a thousand Wars on those roads, our feet blistered and arms sore from carrying heavy bags because at that point going by an auto was more catastrophic than walking with a load of shopping bags.
This is the road where thick snakes have crossed my path, leaving me shocked for life. The darkness that befell on that street without any street lights, was darker than Kings Landing.
Years have passed by but what I wouldn’t do to go back to those days when we all lived under one roof and fought and played with each other. I haven’t seen my siblings in years. I have missed so much of their adult years.
The Starks are slowly getting together in Game of Thrones, it fills my heart with joy because I want the brothers and sisters to reunite.
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