Golden sands stretch simmering in the noon time, The land of death an isolated pulsating beacon, A desert draped in the chronicle of ancient time, The scorching heat and the sand dunes beckon.
Amazing legends of romance and heroism, Sing longingly in the pink castles of royalty, Pink, blue, golden cities greet in mysticism, A quiet retreat from the harsh wrath of reality.
Proud moustaches of men with vibrant turban, Painted pots poised delicately on smiling beauties, Hidden faces in bandini* odhni* and heavy jewelry, The colourful Ghagras* in a rebellious swirl of festivities.
Rajasthan has seen drought that squeezes her dry, No Rain God answers the soulful Bhopas* echoing pitifully, Eight years of drought crushed spent looking at the sky, Till the heavens one day opened and rain poured relentlessly.
People danced with elation as welcome drops fell, Like a prisoner of war thankful thirsty parched land drank, But the cloud burst pouring down vengeance from hell, Under 25 feet of deluge water many villages sank.
Houses gone washed off in the seething torrent, Lost is life To the rain they had waited for years, Cattle, crops all gone with the water that came to torment, Watchful eyes now look at the desert horizon with fears.
A flash flood submerged area in the Khawas village, Barmer district of Rajasthan part of the Great Indian Desert or Thar Desert on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006. Some of the villages are submerged under 25 feet of water. The children below 8 years in these villages have never seen a drop of rain in their life!
Bhopas: The Bhopas are priest singers who compose music in honour of the deities and the war heroes. The music is peppy and very catchy. Bandini: Tie and Dye or the bandini is a traditional method of printing textiles. Ghagras: The heavy mirror-work ghagras is an ankle length gathered skirt made of more than 5 and half meters of cloth worn with Khanijri, a backless longish blouse with half sleeves tied at the back with strings. Odhni: A long scarf of vivid colours Multi-coloured Ghagras, Khanijris and Odhni have for centuries added life to the barren landscape of Rajasthan. The men dress in white clothes with vibrant bandini turbans.