There is nothing better than to take a cruise in Kochi harbour at sunset. Best is to take the boat from Brunton Boatyard (www.cghearth.com) and travel the sea from the fishing boats to the final place to see the Chinese fishing nets spreading gracefully into the sun-
This is a nice picture of my good friend Tane Singh the major of Khuri, in the Thar desert. Tane is a great man, who has changed the fate of the village for so many people. He introduced a health post, built new class rooms and made sure that the teachers stayed back in this remote area and did their job, which is no mean feat in the far off places in Rajasthan. While traveling to his place in 1994 he dressed up his camel in this regal finery to have a picture taken. Another time he was missing from his placed and I was told that he had gone to Jaisalmer to defend some village people in court. A noble man in all aspects and proud to be his friend.
From Afghanistan to present Myanmar thousands of nomadic tribes roam the Thar Desert and the foothills of the Himalayas in search of fields to graze and small jobs. Viewed often with suspicion the they live a live at the periphery of normal society. In the colonial period, the British created a set of notions about such groups that echoed European ideas about the gypsies. They listed such groups that posed a ‘threat’ to settled society and introduced a legislative measure and as a result nearly 200 such communities stood ‘notified’ as criminals.
The Gujjars are buffalo, goat, sheep and cow herders and move trough the southern part of Rajasthan and Gujarat.