Sunday, September 30, 2007

Desert Watering Hole

From My Recent Journey In India
Jaisalmer, January, 2007
Life in the desert is very simple. We come to this oasis and Nourah, our camel driver takes us the sandy banks of this lake, to give our camels a good drink. Aw's beast has her head deep in the water as soon as we arrive They suck up the water like vacuum cleaners. A camel can go up to three days before needing water again. And just in case you're wondering where they store the water; it's not in their hump.
We come upon this father and son filling up their water storage tank. People here are very friendly and open to strangers. The little boy calls to us and I reply 'salaam alekum'. In India you can be sure that the greeting is almost always: 'namaste' or 'salaam alekum' depending if you are in a Muslim or Hindu area. Either way, I enjoy this kind of meeting the best.

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