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River Reflections: Brahmaputra’s Scowling Sky And Economy Of Sand

What happens when cities, such as Guwahati, grow with abandon, on the backs of a sand economy?

The scowling sky glowered at us over the sparkling green of the fields and the shining tin roofs of a village hamlet, which reflected a few beams of the sun. We were chugging our way along a stream of the Pagladiya river in Central Assam’s Nalbari district, about two hours out of Guwahati, the bustling, overpowering, incredibly fast growing commercial and political capital of Assam–and to a large extent that of the entire northeast.

By Sanjoy Hazarika

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