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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adventures in India, Part 22 -- Into the Heart of India

After lunch we climbed again onto the bus and struck out for Madhya Pradesh, which proclaims itself to be the "Heart of India". The specific destination was Khajuraho [more on that later]. Our journey took us through some desperately poor rural regions. The World Bank estimates that there are 400 million people in India living in poverty -- more than in SubSaharan Africa.

As is common throughout the developing world there were a lot of men sitting around watching the world go by. In this nation of more than a billion people under- and unemployment is a big problem.

A village market.

Madhya Pradesh is the great watershed of India, from which several great rivers flow. Here we are crossing one of them.

A middle-class home.

A village well.

Working in the fields. Note that most of the agricultural workers are women.

Believe it or not this was the road we followed as we penetrated into the Heart.

Heading home from the fields.

Here we are approaching the Ban Sagar reservoir, which provides irrigation water to much of central India.

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