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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bengal Rafts (Bhaela)

Makeshift raft is quite common in rural Bengal.
Lets look into the type/variety-
Plantain raft / Kalar Bhaela: widely used in rural areas. Lifespan: few days. Mainly used at the time of flood.
Sholar Bhaela (Pith Raft): Sholar Bahela is not so common but used in Jhargram area of West Medinipur district. Used mainly in fishing. Longevity is two to four years. Shola (scientific name: Aeschymene aspera)
Kharer Bhaela: Temporary raft last for only few hours made of bundle of straw. Mainly used in fishing.
Gharar Bhaela: Widely used in East Medinipur and Howrah district to collect Lotus flower and water chestnut (Panifal)
Dhap: Layers of Kachuripana (hyacinth), a kind of aquatic flora, keeping one above other formed a kind of raft termed as Dhap.

3 comments:

Jayanta said...

ami dekhechi kerocine oil plastic jar vela, lorryr tube diye vela, baro tiner drum(kercine oil) diye vela- jakhon(1980-86) amader barir samne 1 komor jal hoto r 10days voganti hoto takhon!!!!! egulo ki tomar encyclopedia te sthan pabena!!!

"Noukoghar" abode of Bengal Boat said...

Thanks. ami chai loke aro aro jukto koruk tader matamat.
sange chhobi.
chai chobi.

"Noukoghar" abode of Bengal Boat said...

Kaushik,
Tor paramarshomato ami lekha ta change korechhi.