Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Long And Winding Road

I was away again. To be with my parents. My father's health took a
turn for the worse and we, my brother and I, took the long route home.
Long, because we were fraught with worry and the road during the rainy
season is at its worst.

But nature was at its best! In whatever season I'm on this route, I always
feel that it's the best season. The green was refreshing and the jungle
was in a blooming frenzy. Although we stopped at only a few places to
stretch our limbs, every point had either blooms or beautiful insects.
The flora and fauna of North Cachar Hills, our district, is rich and

From the road a view of the river Diyung, the longest river in the

Crepe ginger in the wild.

From the red bracts you can tell that it's been blooming for
some time.

A butterfly on the roadside. I've never photographed this one before.
It's the Rustic butterfly.

The bridge of sighs (of relief). When we get this far, our destination
is near!

Below are some grasshoppers I photographed.

Many kinds of wild grass were in bloom. This is the shortest variety
and against the green backdrop they looked really pretty. The vine
looks like the Grape-leaf wood rose, a variety of Ipomoea.

My family can only pray that my father's suffering doesn't get worse.
Age and illness can be a near-fatal combination.I'll be blogging at
my usual pace now but I might soon have to go back.And if there's
silence from my side, you'll understand.


Roses and stuff said...

Dear Kanak, I do hope your father will get better soon! I'll be thinking of you...

Nicole said...

So sorry to hear of your father's illness and I hope that he can be as comfortable as possible.

Carla said...

Blessings to you and your family. I understand the bridge of relief. We have one near my mom's that means you are almost there. Thank you for sharing your beauty along the way:)

Frances said...

Dear Kanak, my heart aches for your family, but sings at the sight of the jungle. It is apparent in your voice how much you love the area where your father lives. The green lushness, really a jungle drips from the laptop. Our thoughts are with you. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kanak, I pray that your father will be comfortable. I am sorry for this difficult time in all of your lives. I truly sympathize with the heartache. Please know that you are very special to many and even though we might be far apart physically, you are in my heart and in my prayers daily.

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Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Dear Kanak, hope you father will get well soon....

Susie said...

Kanak I hope your father gets better soon. I'll keep him and your family in my prayers.

FlowerLady said...

Dear Kanak ~ Love and prayers for your Dad, you and your family at this time.

You took some lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing part of your journey home with us.


Stephanie said...

Kanak, remember to take care of yourself also. Good that you did not travel alone. I love the shots that you have taken especially the butterfly one. TQ and TQ for the advice for my tree. May your family be blessed with peace and comfort in times like this.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Dear Kanak, I'm so sorry to read that your dad has been (and is) so ill;-( I'm glad that you had company on your way to see him. I hope that he doesn't have to suffer for any length of time and if getting well is an option I certainly hope he can. Your photos throughout your blog are just gorgeous. I really loved the blue and black bees! I enjoyed the photos and description of your drive back home. Please take good care of yourself;-) You know where to find us when you can visit!!

islandgal246 said...

Dearest Kanak,

a comforting hug to you and my wish for your dad to be free of pain. The road is uneven and rough to travel at this time but it will one day become gentler. Your photos are from your homeland shows a region that is brimming with natural beauty and wonders. Thank you for sharing with us at this difficult time.

Kanak Hagjer said...

I'm so touched by all your words at a time like this...Thank you for your prayers.

Since I started blogging I have not truly captured the beauty of the jungle because every journey has been like this. Especially since last December. There were many blooms I noticed as we crossed the area. Yellow and purple dominated. But maybe, someday.

I'd like to tell you that your comments mean a lot to me. I'll be reading them from time to time for the comfort that it brings while going through your precious words.... Thank you once again.

Sunita said...

Kanak, my prayers are with you and your family. That road is such a beautiful one! I'm sure just being in the midst of all that beauty must've eased your worries a tiny bit. Take care, and God bless!

ShySongbird said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your father's illness and the worrying time you and your family are experiencing Kanak. I do hope things improve for you all soon and don't forget your 'blogland' friends are thinking of you and wishing you well.

I love your Rustic Butterfly and the Grasshopper with the yellow spots is so striking!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Sunita, thank you so much! About the road, something I read comes to mind.
When KPS Gill was posted in Assam, he was asked a question by one of the papers (The Telegraph) in one of the weekend supplements. The question was--Which is the most beautiful route you've travelled? His answer (which delighted me) was--The road from Haflong to Shillong!

I hope, in less trying times, I'll be able to share many more photos of this beautiful part of our country.

Jan, thanks a ton! My blogland friends mean a lot to me. If I didn't stay connected here with so many friends from across the world, it'd have been a very depressing period of my life!

About grasshoppers, it's the first time I'm noticing that many varieties. My concept of a green grasshopper is slowly turning multi-hued:)

birdy said...

Dear Kanak, I have an idea of you and your family discomfort in this difficult situation. Hope Your father gets well soon. He will be in my prayers.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Birdy, so glad to read this. Thank you so much!

Jessica said...

Kanak my thoughts are with you, your family and your father.

lotusleaf said...

Dear Kanak, hope your father,s health improves soon. My thoughts are with you.