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06 January 2007 @ 09:19 pm
Mizoram's state vehicle!  
Last month, while travelling in the remote Indian state of Mizoram I was surprised at how remote this place was yet so modern! Sounds contradictory, so I will need more than one post to prove that. First, there are hardly any fuel stations there and we saw none during the long drive through the length of the state on a major highway, which, by the way, is not too wide. There's hardly any traffic there and the majority of the vehicles we saw on the highway were not the usual internal-combustion engine powered vehicles, but something else. No, they were not horse-drawn chariots or bullock-carts.

The vehicle was so popular that every house seemed to own one and each was an eco-engineering masterpiece. Somehow it reminded me of the Flintstones era... ;)






Here it is. There is a seat for a driver in the front and space for goods or more people in the rear. The vehicle can be manoeuvred using the joystick like control in the front and it even as disc-brake like brakes! Downhill is easy, uphill requires an Man-power based engines. :)



Here's a vehicle fully loaded with firewood.



And here's a bunch of Mizo kids driving it



And another bunch of kids...







 
 
 
velvetinkvelvetink on January 6th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Downhill looks like fun! They remind me of billy-carts my cousin's and i used to build when we were kids (though these are far superior).
depontideponti on January 6th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this DELIGHTFUL vehicle with us. I was really happy to see something that doesn't require fossil fuel one way at least!!
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on January 7th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
survival teaches people many things.
It need not be technically very advanced or use highly complicated designs but if it serves the purpose then thats good enough.
srivanisrivani on January 7th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
When there is dearth of resources people become resourceful. As much as a delight it is to see such innovations, don't you think it is sad that the fruits of development aren't reaching them sufficiently? After all they are entitled an equal share.
(Anonymous) on June 28th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Thank God they are not using the one which we use, so that part of india be free of pollution and development doesn't always do good to all. What is the use if they reach faster - for their lifestyle they have a good vehicle to commute.
(Anonymous) on June 28th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
Thank God they are not using the one which we use, so that part of india be free of pollution and development doesn't always do good to all. What is the use if they reach faster - for their lifestyle they have a good vehicle to commute.

Vinod

www.invisiblechina.bogspot.com
(Anonymous) on January 10th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
lolz. Its great to see the rural aspect of life in Mizoram while we are having one of the most stressful time in the capital due to traffic jams and over-crowding of cars and other automobiles. Great pictures dude.

illusionaire
mizohican.blogspot.com
Bitter Black Juice.featuring_nish on January 20th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
:) I decided to post.

Are you passionate about herpetology?

Come along for this Herp Workshop that Gerry Martin is having from the 16th to the 18th of Feb.

A place called Strider Expeditions is organising the workshop and from what i know of it, it seems incredibly interesting.

Contact Gerry at 9845773666.
Yathinyathin on January 20th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
> Are you passionate about herpetology?

More like ornithology, but I do love to learn about all animals. Snakes are fascinating, especially after the first catch :)

Unfortunately, I'm travelling to Anshi/Dandeli during the 16-18th of Feb with a bunch of naturalists for another wildlife outing :|
Bitter Black Juice.featuring_nish on January 20th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
I'd like to go to Dandeli! :)

I couldnt access the link by the way.
Yathinyathin on January 20th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
> I'd like to go to Dandeli!

That's one place I've never been to in Karnataka and looking forward to it since I've heard so much about the hornbills, reptiles and the legendary black panther/leopard there!


> I couldnt access the link by the way.

Oops. Was friends only. Added you, should you should be able to access it.
Bitter Black Juice.featuring_nish on January 20th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
How many snake on a average are victim to road kill there? But what can be done, in any case.
How hopelessly pathetic.

It's a beautiful place. More so if you're a photographer :)

I havn't tackle a vine snake yet.

An ornate flying snake. Yes.
A checkered keelback. yes.
A rat snake. Yes.
Yathinyathin on January 20th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
> How many snake on a average are victim to road kill there?

Lots and lots. Some could not even be identified, even by an expert who was with us. There is so much left to be discovered in the North East. I just hope they stay with us that long. :(


I've had fun with a keelback on a boat. It was right next to me while I was busy shooting the otters and then it got nervous and tried to hide inside the motor when we pulled it out and my friend caught it and left it back into's place. I even managed a small video with my cellphone:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3i3hhjkkUc

And of course, rat snakes are my neighbours :)
Bitter Black Juice.featuring_nish on January 21st, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Not bad at all..

im quite impressed! :)