I usually stay up in New Tibetan Colony near Majnu Ka Tila whenever I pass through Delhi. I often wander up to the rooftop and look out over the city. The Yamuna River runs through Delhi, and right behind the row of guesthouses and hotels in the area. I began to wonder about the group of people I saw working small plots of land along the river, so this past May I decided to take a closer look.
It turns out that there are several family units who work the land and sell vegetables to the nearby restaurants and markets. The people have been working this land for several generations. Each year the monsoon floods drive them away, but they return in the dry season to grow crops again. Besides the monsoon season, there are other pressures that are sure to change their lives.
The extension of the metro system…
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