In The Heart Of Incredible India, part 1 … Timarni !
“where’s that ?” … would be the obvious question, whenever we declared that we are planning a visit to Timarni. And our answers to help the questioner to visualize its location, would be generally unsuccessful … so finally we would end up with saying that it is in MP – Madhya Pradesh !
Timarni is a small town and is growing … fast !
Since we were to visit Timarani for a family gathering, we had planned a visit to some near by places as well, notably The Satpuda Tiger Reserve.
Timarni is mainly an agricultural area and then the inevitable market place happened. Historically, the land was cultivated with the traditional methods and it was essentially dry farming, dependent on the available rain fall. But the Tawa dam changed all that and that too very rapidly. The canals brought water and it is now available almost round the year. The era of flow irrigation and lift irrigation dawned and now there were three crops in the year.
Enter affluence and yes … development ! … and the rapid progression towards urbanization shows up everywhere … at times not in a complimenting manner !
So today’s Timarni is a mixed bag, no more the sleepy small town and not quite the big city and like any other similar place caught up in such a transition period, faces the danger of losing its essential charm forever and at the same time not shape up to the town it would aspire to be !
… but today, Timarni still retains its strong agro rural backdrop !
And there in lies its charm !
I feel Madhya Pradesh is blessed with its fabulous forest cover, vast water resources and although agriculture has a strong base, the proximity to the forests, which such towns and villages have enjoyed shows up in the rich biodiversity it supports.
I wish to take you on a small outing in and around Timarni and you will be as mesmerized as we were ! … So don’t be surprised if you run into some blackbucks or notice some owls on the way !
Unfortunately and conversely, with such an abundance of local biodiversity and a burgeoning economy, there are going to be instances of interactions between the humans and wildlife … with wildlife as the loser ! … like this jackal which paid with his life, for being on this road !
*** I am positive that there are enough ’wild life & nature’ enthusiasts in Timarni and I fervently hope that a sincere attempt is made to document and share this abundant natural wealth, not only in Timarni but also surrounding areas … along with other tools, social media can play an important role towards achieving this objective !
* In the heart of Incredible India, part 2 … coming soon !