On a very early morning in November, our group packed into 4 x4’s and headed out of the Manvar Desert Camp to visit a local village. What a terrific morning it would turn out to be. We were in an area of the Thar Desert informally known as Shergarh – a collection of small villages in a dunes and scrub brush landscape.
We popped out of the Jeeps where the road split under a few trees and several paths converged. With a couple of fellow photographers, we picked a path and headed off to see what we would find. We came upon a few small farms just waking up to the day.
We were greeted by a proud father who warmly welcomed us to his home and insisted we stay for chai. As someone who sincerely loves Masala Chai, I was all for it – if a little concerned over the preparation process. But, rather than risk being rude, I decided not to worry about it – I had several cups – it was quite tasty.
As the son prepared our tea, the young daughters went about their chores of tidying up the home and courtyard. Eventually, everyone settled in for chai and a bit of getting to know each other – and of course, a few photos. One of my favorite parts of the morning had to be the children showing off their goats – which they carried to us ready to be photographed. Such fun! And what a memorable morning!
Wandering back to the Jeeps, I couldn’t help but marvel at the simple joys in life . . . chai, family, and couple of goats. What else could you need?
Enjoy the family album. . . Lisa