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Himalaya

Day 95: Dibrugah

Michael Palin - HimalayaAmong the many pleasures of Mancotta Bungalow is its collection of old books. I pick up a copy of The Survey of Assam 18251828. This was the first time this part of the world had been mapped and the provenance of the areas covered has a nice personal touch to it. We learn that the details of one large area of Himalayan foothill is 'based on information of a Persian sent by Mr Scott into Bhotan (sic)', and the entire map between Assam and China is 'from information collected by Lieutenant Wilcox'.

A survey of Bengali exploration published in Calcutta in 1998 intrigues me in a different way. The index at the back of this book appears to record every word mentioned. A random glance at the 'R' column lists not only 'Ranpur' but 'reached', 'reasonable', 'rather', and indeed 'random', as well.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 95: Dibrugah
  • Country/sea: India
  • Place: Dibrugah
  • Book page no: 226

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