My First Night In Arunachal

Posted: January 8, 2013 in Verses
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August 23, Wednesday
Tezpur to Seppa
A tree came in a landslip
We are hitting a roadblock
River Kameng gurgling
Pitch darkness
Only the headlamp
Of a backhoe glowing
They are sawing on the wood
A tail of parking beams
I sit on a rock
Watching for a creepy shift
And I write this
It’s my first night in Arunachal

Addendum: A drunken driver
                   Sloshy track/road
                     Vademecum of ravines

(It was a landslip somewhere around Tipi, as you enter Arunachal through the
Balukphong gate in West Kameng district…It was too late for the GREF folks to do
any work but some miracles happen all the time…The most terrible aspect to me
was the constant gurgling of the Kameng which I could not see but was sure of its
menacing presence…)

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