That reminds of my days at Bastar in the eaarly ninetis of the last(!) century. I often used to spend nights at Kondagaon rest house which I thnk is about 70 km fromJagdalpur, the district and divisional headquarters.. The first night I stayed there I heard a lot of bird noise. I wondered which bird could be. In the morning I realised that it was bats and not birds who were making the screeching noise throughout the night. The tiles of the rest house had become almost white with the droppings, and it stank also. There was a fig tree also I forget which one. Probably begalensis.
Incidentally it is said thaat Bastar is place where the tribals eat everything that moves on the ground or flies in the sky. There are very few birds and evenn lesser wild animals, in spite of having a number of national parks and sanctuaries. But for tree lovers it is a paradise. Shorea robusta groves which are considered sacred and therefore they are intact is a delight to be under the shade of trees some of them wold be touching a century.
It is unfortunate that Bastar has fallen into bad days, with the Maoists from the Andhra having made life difficult for everybody.
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