An Underprivileged Land

By: Zahra Khuzema

When I reached Thar, all my fantasies were ruined! I only saw desert & desert till my sight. It was so sweltering that it was hard to say it was December.

 As our instructors were belonged to Thar so they knew everything about it. They led us to a school, to see that how students studied there.

I thought Thar was a place composed of traditions, customs, rituals, poverty, and illiteracy and moreover the place is completely underdeveloped wasn't aware of it.

I thought it would be like a place full of castles and forts, kings and their soldiers, because I had no idea about what Thar looked like.

When I was about to leave for Thar with my college mates, I was carrying a lot of fantasies in my mind. We reached our destination at 12pm, Thar the 7th largest desert.

After taking a long walk finally we reached to a shabby structure, enhousing two classes, each class comprising a charpai and so called blackboard which actually wasn't a blackboard but a part of the wall painted black.

There was inadequate strength of students, as well as teachers, no bathrooms, proper water supply, electricity, the main assets were deficient.

It was an “alleged” school where students were only taught to read and write their names properly.

The inhabitants there were very welcoming, they did their best to comfort us, we also had our lunch in that school, ate like hobos it was an entirely different experience of my life.

After lunch we headed to meet the residents and to see the way of their living. When we reached there, it was not a house but huts where almost 5 to 6 families resided.

There were total 3 huts, one had a charpai and a rough kind of a blanket to shield them from cold, I was stunned to see that how uncomfortable and bristly that blanket was.

The next hut was a kitchen where they had a wooden stove, chakki (wheat grinder), some cooking utensils and a walled fridge that kept things cool, it was made inside the wall by digging it a bit hollow it also had a door to keep the eatables safe. We were amazed to see a fridge working without electricity.

We were surprised to see that how these people survived without the essential of life. It was time to return after capturing some unforgettable snaps, we also had brought some chocolates and toys from Hyderabad for the kids.

The kids had no idea what those things were, they started eating chocolates along with wrappers, and the toys which had a proper way to play they started throwing them at each other not knowing how they work. The thing which appealed me the most was harmony and peace in their lifestyle.