Taking Care of Each Other
From Goalpara we we kept moving west as we headed for Dhubri. On way we stoped at a small village called Bagh Mara along the river bank to find out if there was any tea shop around. The answer was negative but we stopped anyway. It was a nice place and eventually we struck a deal that if we provide the materials, a house hold was ready to prepare tea for us. Monu soon organized things and we all had tea, walking around the village. Andee saw a little boy with a small uncared wound and fished out materials from his first aid kit to clean and dress it. There were a lot of lovely faces around and we managed to shoot a lot of good portraits of children, men and women.
Dhubri was like any other river side district town, noisy and crowded. It was also the Chhath festival today and there was a lot of activity on the river front on that account. As this place is close to the Indian border with Bangladesh, there were also security concerns to be addressed. Apal went to the office of superintendent of police to provided details of all crew members.
Almost five hundred years ago, Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikh religion in India had visited Dhubri and there is a large gurudwara here that commemorates his visit. Today, minarets of this historic Gurudwara are a prominent feature on the sky line of the town.
In the evening we went back a little upstream and camped on a very small island which was just a sandbar slightly raised from the river. From our camp we enjoyed the view of sun setting behind the Dhubri town.