A desert is not something that one sees often.\nSo when I planned my trip to Rajasthan, I was excited about seeing the Thar desert (pronounced by local as Thudd)\u00a0 that I had only read about in school geography books.\nVisions of endless dunes of barren sand that were monotonous yet mystical filled my head.\nUnfortunately these visions remained limited to my imagination \u2013 as reality failed to match my imagination. There is no such desert!\nWhere did the Thar desert go?\nThanks to the irrigation canal \u2013 Indira Gandhi Nahar Project, that brings in water from Punjab, there is no barren land left in North-West Rajasthan!\u00a0 The land is fertile with crops of mustard, cotton and wheat and the erstwhile barren landscape of only-sand is now dotted with green.\nOn my entire trip, it was impossible to find stretches that had NO vegetation.\nAlas! The desert is no more!\nDevelopment has changed the landscape of this state and romantics like me looking for the barren desert are cruelly disappointed. I do hope they update the geography books used at primary school so that no young children may be misled into dreaming about the big Thar Desert!\n!!!\nOn a serious note \u2013 it is delightful to see that no one needs to suffer for lack of water!\nA few images of the Thar Non-Desert.\nTechnology & infrastructure development has changed the face of Rajasthan \u2013 now a \u2018power-surplus\u2019 state!\nAt least a good amount of money assigned to infrastructure development projects sees its way to the actual project and development IS seen in the past 6 decades since independence!\nIn the days of royalty, none of this was possible. While the royals collected their vintage cars and enjoyed hobnobbing with royals from other states & countries in Paris, the people of Rajasthan went waterless.\nThe scene is better today. There is hope!\n\nGO BACK TO RAJASTHAN DIARIES\njm\nApril 2014\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Thar Desert Rajasthan \u2013 Where did the desert go? appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.