River Dog

River Dog

A Journey Down the Brahmaputra

Book - 2002
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The Brahmaputra is one of the world's great rivers. Beginning as a tiny glacial stream in Western Tibet it flows through India and Bangladesh before gushing out into the Bay
of Bengal.
Unable to reach the northern part of the river due to Chinese intransigence, Mark Shand nonetheless set out to attempt what no foreigner had ever done: complete the huge journey from the unexplored jungles of the Indo-Tibet border to the largest river delta in the world.
RIVER DOG is a chronicle of that journey, a remarkable story encompassing sublime landscapes - in Assam where the River begins to broaden into its full majesty - and rather odd encounters - including a bizarre group of identical-looking gay monks in Majuli (the largest river island in the world). But it is also a celebration -- of a river that flows with mystery and legend, the men who have set out to discover it and a rather charming canine travelling companion called Bhaiti.

Publisher: London : Little, Brown, c2002.
ISBN: 9780316861878
Branch Call Number: 915. 492 SHA
Characteristics: xii, 338 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., maps, col. ports.


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Jul 23, 2014

This is essentially a party book. Mr. Shand is a man with great connections. He used them all and had a 'yuppie' adventure down the mighty Luit. He never got to the tough parts of the Brahmaputra (Namcha Barwa and the likes) and neither did he write about any of the ethnic tribes who live a life off the river.

I still give this book 3 stars as being a Assamese myself, I feel grateful to him that he has shown great respect and love for the river. Not many authors of international repute write popular travelogue about Assam. And of course many of my parent's friends have been mentioned, so connection! :)

Its a good intro to Assam & North-Eastern India at large but a lot more could be experienced and written.

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