Dipankar Bhagwati is from Guwahati, Assam but due to his wife’s profession, he shifted to Majuli. He is 42 years old and handles a homestay on his own in the village. His wife helps in the evening. The couple is really hardworking and humble. Dipankar and his wife have a bigger family in Guwahati.
Due to their job and mental peace, they live on the river island of Majuli. There’s a quality in these two people in their way of welcoming and making others comfortable with their service. People feel so curious about their lifestyle, that they keep talking and asking them about the place.
With simple surroundings, they have also become simple people. It’s been 10 years that they have shifted to Majuli from Guwahati. Dipankar tried his luck in maintaining a shop like a general store but it didn’t turn out well, then he decided to shift to another business. He had land, he invested in it and made many bamboo cottages to stay. Now he gives people, the local way of hospitality.
How and when did you start this place in Majuli?
“This land belongs to my father, we shifted here as city life was too congested and fast. Luckily, my wife got transferred to Majuli. We tried a couple of things to earn extra income. Nothing was going well in those days. I started one shop hoping it will run better but the consumption of products is very limited here, so I changed my profession,” Dipankar explained.
He says, that he observed many tourists starting to come. “I had an idea to start a homestay with whatever land I have. I made a bamboo hut stay for the people who want to get the local feel of Majuli. I’m happy with what I’m doing. People come and praise this place,” he said.
How did tourism change your life?
“At first, I wasn’t really connected because due to something or the other, we were changing places. When we shifted to Majuli around 10 years ago, I saw the major source of income for people here was from tourism and then I saw the importance of it. It proved really helpful for me to be in this line,” he said.
The major intention of Dipankar is to give people an experience that they look for on their holiday. “We always try to give people, the best things possible from our end and will always do that. Getting to know different people has taught me about different things which I had never felt was important. I got good learning from people around me,” he said.
Have you observed any climatic changes here?
“The rainfall level is slowing down gradually. It is a major source of water in the area, so that’s a concern. Hoping people stop deforestation so that trees can maintain the stability of nature. It’s better if we all think about it. Cities are getting faster and modernised, but people will always prefer the calm and peaceful environment,” he signed off saying.
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