Monday, 12 September 2011

Where again?


Map of Pratapgarh, Rajasthan's newest district, carved in 2008 from
neighbouring Udaipur, Chittorgarh, and Banswara in the southeast of
the state.  
It is tough to explain to people where Pratapgarh, the location of my field research is. Traveling from Delhi, Pratapgarh seems to be at the very end of the earth and for once, I am not even exaggerating. You start off in one of the fancy (and pretty impressive) luxury buses that Rajasthan Tourism is (justifiably) proud of. They cater to the more 'touristy' parts of Rajasthan, the Jodhpurs and Ajmers, Pushkars and Jaipursfor tourists alone deserve good transportation, general public be damned. When I called the tourism office, they told me I would be in a Volvo-Mercedes bus. I put down the phone suitably impressed and understandably flummoxed. That not one, but two auto giants were gracing my mode of transport would have been flattering if only it was not so absurdly unbelievable.
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