This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. The essays examine this specialization of journalism both historically and in the present.
Chapter 31: The Grass is Greener This Side
The Grass is Greener This Side
The sun was not yet out. Red tiled roofs emerged from the dull grey waters. It was a group of submerged huts, all belonging to one family. Domkhedi village, on the banks of the Narmada River, many years ago, was a rich bustling settlement which wound down steeply to the river. Now the boats touched the last remaining flat ground which had a small hillock on top with a single house. By now, I am sure it has vanished forever.
The landscape of the valley had changed—the deep ravines were gone. The backwaters filled them up to the last remaining crests. The people had left long ago. It was Holi at Domkhedi on the last ...