March 23, 2012

A light in the forest

I spent a night at Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.There are six villages inside the reserve. The dominant ethnic group belongs to the Nagvanshi Gond. They depend on the forest (timber, fuel wood, bamboo and moha flowers are for their livelihood) and they take care of it. Outsiders are admitted under their strict surveillance: there are few bedrooms around a dining room.... no electricity ....a night of silence and darkness.

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