Life in Sohra, remembered

Five years ago we spent a single night in Sohra, and regretted that we hadn’t planned a longer stay. The town was a small and charming place, and the single hotel was a traditional cottage perched at the edge of a cliff overlooking a village and a valley below that. A walk to the nearest living bridge would take us through the village.

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When engineered structures are living objects, it was appropriate that the place was teeming with life. In one night I probably saw more species of moths, beetles, and other insects than I remembered seeing in the rest of my life. The most interesting was the stick insect, the first I’d ever seen. I had a hard time figuring out where the third pair of legs of this insect was. Note how often a moth has a substantially smaller insect nearby. I wished I had a microscope attachment to look at these millimeter sized living creatures. The insects that I photographed were strange and beautiful. I’m sure that stranger and equally beautiful things would emerge if we could zoom into these smaller beings.

The post has the word “remembered”, because I went back now to a place I was enchanted by. There is construction all across Sohra. I saw no moths this time around. This ties in with a recent report of a worldwide decline in insects. It is shocking because Meghalaya is at the edge of one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. A decline in insect population drives a collapse in plants, and animals higher in the food chain.

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

13 thoughts on “Life in Sohra, remembered”

  1. I found this horrifying. Of course this is happening here in the UK too. A night time drive used to result in headlights and windscreen being crusted in dead insects. No longer. Your car will arrive as clean as the moment it started.

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  2. These bugs are amazing! I love stick bugs. It’s so wonderful when you’re looking at grass and a piece of it just walks away. I also sat on a hillside once hiking in the California mountains and soon realized that MILLIONS of ladybugs were wandering all around me. It was amazing. Here, the warm season is pretty short and the bugs are correspondingly small and minimal, but there are some nasty ticks for a month or so in summer and we have Monarch Butterflies and other large butterflies for their short and lovely lives.

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