Monday, 14 March 2011

Why our community always choose hillocks to reside in Guwahati?

By Bijit Sarma, UAE

Born and brought up in a hilltop mostly inhabited by Bishnupriya Manipuri and Meitei Manipuri, at Bamunimaidan, Guwahati. I was always haunted by the question why our community always did choose hillocks to reside in Guwahati. After some introspection I zeroed in to the following possible reasons for settling in hillocks though they could have bought land in other plain areas in those days:

  • insecurity to live among other communities
  • to form a village-like atmosphere in the city far away from their own villages
  • to avoid drying up offensively malodorous dry fish in front of other communities
  • to grow Yennam and Fen-kochu in their backyard
  • to build a mandir and maldhep combination for occasional puja and porbo
  • to continue the culture of dola doli
  • to borrow sugar, salt, Amul milk powder and occasional tea leafs from their BM neighbours
  • just to settle in Govt/ Forest land without spending any money
  • to help preserve the language and culture after leaving villages
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