There are two different emotions: living in India, and living through India. I have been doing the former for almost 22 years of my life, and being the proud Indian that I am- I have always considered my land to be diverse, my people- distinct and my culture- rich. But little did I know that India was way above and beyond just living in the confines of my home. India is not only a country that is geographically gifted to have three definite seasons - it is a land that stretches out from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, and every aspect of it - North or South, East or west - contains the ability to speak volumes.
Having said that, come 30th October 2016 - the Great Rann of Kutch gears up for the biggest festival that they stand host to - The Rann Utsav! Organized by the Gujarat Tourism Board every year during winter, this festival looks to give a huge boost to the glorious traditions, arts and crafts of the region by the active involvement of tourists and travellers through exhibitions and interactive sessions with the the local tradesmen and craftsmen of the Kutch region.
Moreover, the Rann Utsav is a splendid opportunity for everyone who chooses to indulge in the festival to explore the white amorous expanse that yawns across the Indo-Pak border, also known as the White Rann. People who have visited the white Rann before claim that its beauty is magnified on a full moon night, as the endless expanse of salt crystals glitter in the moonlight. A secret of many nature lovers, the Rann of Kutch is best observed as the sun makes its way, lowering itself into the western horizon- the skies are painted with hues of yellow, tangerine and orange (and in rare scenarios a deep red!) and the white sand patiently stands witness to the end of another day, and eagerly waits in anticipation of the moon rise for that’s when the true beauty of the Rann of Kutch is seen.
Author : Roshal Mascarenhas