The different kinds of rivers in Khasi
"Wah" is the usual name for a river or a stream.
"Wahbah" is a large river.
"Wahkaba" is a roaring and raging river which flows rapidly during the summer in Sohra.
"Wahduid" is a streamlet or a rivulet.
"Wahrupa" is a river whose water shines and shimmers like silver in the sunlight.
In fact, a part of the Umngot river in Meghalaya is called "rupa tylli" as it is likened to a broad, flat silver necklace work by Khasi women.
Our rivers are so many, so beautiful and so precious. Yet in Shillong, the most well known "Ka Wah Umkhrah" is perhaps a dying river. We made a hue and cry about the trees being cut but what will we do about our rivers in and around Shillong city? 🏞️🏞️