Boats can run either on moving or still water. Going downstream, the river pushes the dugout along. Going upriver, if the flow is not too strong you make use of the barge pole, usually made of bamboo. The most typical method on still water is, of course, the use of paddles, either one implement that is transferred from side to side to keep the boat on an even keel, or, with a rowboat, with oars on either side.
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Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
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An early monsoon
On June 16 2013, the India Meteorological Department confirmed the early arrival of monsoon rains across the whole of India. Full coverage was not expected until the middle of July, making farmers hopeful for a bumper crop.
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