The first thing that strikes you about No. 1 Balagaon char (a transitory river island) is its vastness. For a piece of land supposed to be temporary, Balagaon stretches four km wide and is approximately six km in length. As the boat, a rickety wooden contraption with an ancient Kirloskar diesel engine powering it, docks at the temporary boat station, all that is visible is a large patch of white sand, left behind after last year’s floods. Little further up the slope, Jainul Abedin is tilling a small patch of land that he can cultivate for just six months in a year. He doesn’t waste a minute as he has time only till May to get the wheat crop harvested before the monsoon sets in and the mighty Brahmaputra floods Balagaon again.
Man Is An Island
February 6, 2022