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Shivpuri Diary

When we went to the Shivpuri jungle in 1950, daaku Maan Singh was the great Robin Hood of India. He was a romantic figure...

Shivpuri Diary
Shivpuri Diary
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I was in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, for my Christmas break. When I went there last summer, there had been no rain for many months, and a dustbowl faced me from Agra to Shivpuri, with disconsolate men and cattle wandering about in search of water and anything green to eat. This time I found oilseeds everywhere, thanks to the late monsoon rain, which had allowed quick sowing. Yellow fields of mustard dotted the pleasing landscape. A bumper oilseed harvest across the dry lands of Rajasthan, Bundelkhand and Gwalior-Shivpuri appears to be on the way.

I stayed at the MP Tourism bungalow in Shivpuri, overlooking the Chandpata lake, the result of a moon-shaped dam built by the Scindia raja at the beginning of the 20th century. The attractive castle-like rooms in pleasant tribal pastel shades, with Oraon folk designs painted in white on them by a leading national tribal...

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