Sonali Prasad

The Agony And Ecstasy Of Experiencing Cherrapunji's Living Root Bridges

Instead of waiting for the rains to grace Delhi this summer, I decided to chase the clouds until their abode: Cherrapunji, one of the wettest terrains on the planet. But I also wanted to discover a secret that remains shrouded in the canopies of the mystical valley. I had heard of the magical living root bridges of Cherrapunji before, the most marvellous example of environmental engineering where villagers grow roots of elephantine rubber trees to form sturdy, thriving bridges over voluminous river beds.