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Myanmar: A new ray of hope

Myanmar: A new ray of hope

April 16th, 2012  |  Published in Travel

Lake Inle, Myanmar
Photo © Mohit Gupta, All Rights Reserved

Recent news from Myanmar stirred me up and I also thought of pumping some life back into this almost dysfunctional photo log.

I traveled to Myanmar in probably one of the worst years in Myanmar’s recent history, post 2007. The tourist influx was low because of clashes between the militia and the Buddhist monks, also over a lakh of people had died in a cyclone a few months back. I haven’t kept an eye on the political scenario of the country since then but the country seems eager to end its diplomatic isolation and rebuild a dysfunctional economy. Hope the progress continues.

This photograph was shot at Lake Inle, a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe township of Shan State. Local fishermen are famous for their distinctive fishing style (see photo) and hence this lake is famous for its “leg rowing fishermen”. This leg rowing style has something to do with the kind of vegetation in the lake which forces a fisherman to stand rather than sit to have a good view.

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