Earlier this year, in the month of June, Ankita and I decided to go for a quick walk to the neighbourhood village. Sarrahirri is a kilometre away from Pench Tree Lodge in Madhya Pradesh. The mornings were rather warm in Pench. So we decided that the earlier we left, the better it was.

With open fields on either sides, we walked on the tarmacked road as I felt the sun’s heat on me. There were occasional visual respites. Sometimes we saw the villagers head out to the fields with their animals and other times, women rushed through the lanes to complete morning home chores.

Evidently the two of us did not belong there. The locals were shy but outspoken. I interacted with the owner of the sole grocery store in the village. The Agarwals moved to Sarrahirri about 10 years ago from Seoni. Their shop is open all through the week and they sell every day necessities. The couple is now about 50-60 years old and have two children— a daughter and a son. Neither children live with them. They do have a pet parakeet named Mithu. While they didn’t want their photographs to be taken, they welcomed me into their shop and their house, and asked me many questions. I loved how friendly and open they were.

The homes here had distinct architecture— low titled roofs, the base were made of mud and painted predominantly in shades of blue. Some houses had iron grills on their windows, some carved wooden shutters and some just a vacant square into the house. The wooden door to the Agarwal’s shop caught my eye. With flower motifs on the top panel, the door looked sturdy and old. They estimated the door to date back at least 100 years.

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Morning scenes on farm.
Morning scenes of the farm.
A lady sowing seeds.
A lady sowing seeds.
Sheparding domestic animals.
The milestone marking the village.
The milestone marking the village.
The tree that homes the belief.
The tree that homes the belief.
Flanked with houses on either sides.
Flanked with houses on either sides.
The common architecture of the village
The common architecture of the village.
A beautiful mud house with intricate windows.
A beautiful mud house with intricate windows.
A rather colourful house in the village.
A rather colourful one in the village.
The door is at least a century old.
The door to the Agarwal’s shop.
The products of the Agarwal store.
The products inside.
Mithu- Agarwal's pet parrot.
Mithu, their pet parakeet.
On my way back from the walk.
On my way back from the walk.

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Where are your favourite village walks?

Note: This village walk was made possible by Pugdundee Safaris

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Amrita Das

I have been a travel and culture independent journalist. My bylines have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet Magazine India, The Indian Express and World Travel Magazine. A fellow of Media Ambassadors India-Germany 2019 program by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Centre for Media Competence, University of Tübingen. Currently, I am the photo editor for RoundGlass Sustain, a wildlife and conservation e-publication. I live in India.

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8 thoughts on “Photo Story: Village Walk in Sarrahirri, Madhya Pradesh”

  1. Love the blues… Indigo must be the favorite color of India to paint homes in the countryside…

    And so good to see what most would call a non-conventional post..

    1. I agree.Even in states like Uttarakhand, Goa and Himachal the blue houses follow. And thank you Prasad :) I love exploring villages in our country.

  2. Lovely houses and nicely captured. Love walking into villages like this as you never know what lays in store for you! I love that tree – half there and half gone away!

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