We recently spent three nights with the famed photographer and wildlife expert, Devjibhai Damecha, in the Little Rann of Kutch. This is where the last herds of wild asses live. The Little Rann is now a sanctuary for the wild ass so that they can breed.
It is also home to the Agarias, the salt farmers, who live an isoltaed and extreme life out on the salt pans, harvesting the salt for a living.
When the monsoon rains fill the Rann, the birdlife returns. The flamingoes arrive to breed and we were lucky enough to see a very small flock of flamingoes while there.
We had chai with an Agaria family. The water was boiled over a tiny fire as they have to collect all their wood from far afield.
The school was in the middle of nowhere and was simply an empty building. At
the time, there was no teacher and so the kids weren’t going to school. They were waiting for an NGO to organise a teacher.