Dispersing Sand

Suratgarh is one of the nine tehsils of the district Sri Ganganagar of Rajasthan. At the northern end, this district shares border with the Indian state of Punjab and the western limit is an international border with the Punjab of Pakistan. This proximity with the Punjab region explains the presence of significant Punjabi population and culture in Sri Ganganagar, especially in northern areas, and so popularly makes it known as ‘Punjab of Rajasthan’. In fact some notable people of Punjabi ethnicity like Colonel Avtar Singh Cheema, one of the conquerors of Mount Everest and ‘Gazal King’ Jagjit Singh hail from the Sri Ganganagar. But as we move to the south, a shift from Punjabi to Rajasthani ambience could clearly be noticed, particularly with camels and sand dunes drawing our attention. Some decades ago, as mentioned by the locals, the area was more desolated and had more sand dunes than at the present time. Indira Gandhi canal has turned the whole district into a much greener part than other parts of Thar desert, accountable to make it known as ‘Bread basket of Rajasthan’. I visited some deserted areas of Suratgarh and my observation says that this region could be referred as first conspicuous beginning of Thar desert from the northern side. I started my journey from Delhi, traversing through Rohtak, Hisar, Sirsa and Hanumangarh.

Dispersing Sand‘ is an effort to document and record pictorially the last signs of a typical desert at Suratgarh which might change into a greener area in coming few decades.

 

 

 

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This being very first station in the land shrewd with context, diversity and popularity.

 

 

 

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The town revealing itself in the darkness of of the night.

 

 

 

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Cattle dung cakes constituting a life. A well kept traditional practice which allows one to use them as fuel.

 

 

 

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This was the first image which made me to feel that I was somewhere in Rajasthan.

 

 

 

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Being an owner of this animal ensures a better life.

 

 

 

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This dune was away from the main town. I tried to explore the diverse contexts of this part.

 

 

 

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The will to live.

 

 

 

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Life knows to create space even in adverse conditions.

 

 

 

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Rigorous, ferocious, yet remarkable in the capacity by which it leads a life.

 

 

 

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Initially I did not spot any human settlement and so wondered where the men were moving through forbidden land.

 

 

 

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Life is all about adapting to the surroundings.

 

 

 

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For some the location sets the background for creativity. Set up for the video shoot of a Punjabi song.

 

 

 

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Abundance : https://travelparable.com/2017/03/19/abundance/

 

 

 

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Some lives become vital force for other creatures.

 

 

 

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A human settlement in the midst of tough ambience.

 

 

 

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Although this is not a road, impressions say that vehicles move over here.

 

 

 

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Through the eyes of the other.

 

 

 

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Impeccable placed.

 

 

 

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The contours of this land distinctly shape its human features

 

 

 

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The Khan brothers.

 

 

 

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Sand was plucked out from the region  to be transported for various construction activities. We erect new temporary structures which hinder our unison and this region advanced in this direction at an accelerating speed.

 

 

 

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A deformed dune. Human activities altering the landscape of the region.

 

 

 

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The divided demarcations. The road looks like a barrier between green fields and deserted land.

 

 

 

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