Ian Lockwood

MUSINGS, TRIP ACCOUNTS AND IMAGES FROM SOUTH ASIA

Bamboolands…Mizoram in the winter of 2008

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Boat with Mizo couple negotiating the Twlang River north of Aizawl Boat with Mizo couple negotiating the Tlawng River north of Aizawl

This winter we journeyed through India to visit our extended family in Mizoram. This small Indian state with a meager population of under a million people occupies a unique position on the physical and cultural frontier of the Indian subcontinent. Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts and Burma’s Chin Hills surround two thirds of the state while Mizoram is linked to India through its border with Assam, Tripura & Manipur. The terrain is rugged and unforgiving to casual exploration. Ethnically Mizos share closer affinity with South East rather than South Asia. They are mostly Christian and literacy rates are the 2nd highest in India after Kerala. Perhaps most interestingly, there is virtually no class or caste difference amongst Mizos! Separatist movements mar the neighboring states but Mizoram is free of significant insurgency. Mizos enjoy autonomy and protection of their culture while still remaining comfortably within the Indian union. The state enjoys a sense of peace that is rare in this little-known region of India.

Haze over Bangldesh with Mizoram and the Chittagong Hill Tracts under clear skies. Published by NASA's Earth Observatory from the MODIS sattelite while we were in Aizawl.

Haze over Bangladesh with Mizoram under clear skies. Published by NASA's Earth Observatory from the MODIS sattelite while we were in Aizawl.

Sunrise from the Chanmari neighborhood Aizawl

Sunrise from the Chanmari neighborhood in Aizawl

Woman selling used clothes in Aizawal's market

Woman selling used clothes in Aizawal's market

Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) at Aizawl Zoological Park.

Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) at Aizawl Zoological Park.

Adult female Hoolock gibbon (Bunopithecus hoolock) at the Aizawl Zoological Park

Adult female Hoolock gibbon (Bunopithecus hoolock) at the Aizawl Zoological Park

Orchids lying discarded beside a fresh road cut near Hmuifang.

Orchids lying discarded beside a fresh road cut near Hmuifang.

Red silk cotton tree (Bombax ceiba) north of Sirchip.

Red silk cotton tree (Bombax ceiba) north of Sirchip.

Looking east from Hmuifang at dawn, showing an idyllic home and a distant cloud bank in a valley (a phenomena known as ronei in Mizo)

Looking east from Hmuifang at dawn, showing an idyllic home and a distant cloud bank in a valley (a phenomena known as romei in Mizo)

Winter light in degraded montane evergreen forest at Hmuifang.

Winter light in degraded montane evergreen forest at Hmuifang.

Written by ianlockwood

2009-03-05 at 6:22 pm

Posted in Mizoram

6 Responses

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  1. Hello,

    We have published one of the pictures of this post at lawrkhawm.com – a social news site focused on news, pictures, and videos from Mizoram

    Best,
    Jimmy

    Jimmy

    2009-03-06 at 5:08 am

  2. Hi Ian,
    You can find some animals of mizoram here. http://www.mizenvis.nic.in

    Say hi to the family

    Love you all

    Kuka

    Kuka

    2009-03-06 at 10:20 am

  3. Its so nice to read that there are still some peaceful places left n earth! I really love that last picture of yours. Why do you say “degraded”, though?

    flowergirl

    2009-03-10 at 2:43 am

  4. read your “Far Corner -Aizawl is distant, cool and utterly different from any other hill station in the country.” in the Outlook Traveller via misual.com which led me to google this blog.

    Interest reading thanks.

    Vanlal Duhsaka

    2009-04-15 at 1:01 am

  5. fantastic pictures….

    himachal

    2010-02-23 at 10:43 am

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