Rohi---Where Humans and Animals Drink Together

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I grew up in Bahawalpur, the city of Pakistan. Bahawalpur, once the province, is a city full of cultural beauty and needs a comprehensive article. But I want to start with the desert area, Rohi, of Bahawalpur. Below is the accurate location of Rohi from Wikipedia:

“The Cholistan Desert (Urdu: صحرائے چولستان‎; Punjabi: چولستان روہی), also locally known as Rohi (روہی),[1] is a large desert in the southern part of Punjab, Pakistan that forms part of the Greater Thar Desert,[2] which extends to Sindh province and the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is one of two large deserts in Punjab, the other being Thal Desert.[3] The name is derived from the Turkic word chol, meaning “sands,”[1] and istan, a Persian suffix meaning “land of.”[4]
In ancient times, Cholistan was a fertile region with a large river fed by meltwater from the Himalayas,[5] and so has a high density of ancient settlements from the Indus Valley Civilization period dating back as early as 4000 BCE.[5][6] The region later became a center for caravan trade, leading to the construction of numerous forts in the medieval period to protect trade routes — of which the Derawar Fort is the best preserved example.”

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Once the part of Rajasthan desert, it was full of life with huge population. The prosperous and well-mannered inhabitant lived there for centuries on the bank of flowing river Hakra. But with the death of river Hakra the green fields disappeared. Droughts became the fate of the people and beautiful animals. A large number of population migrated to the other parts. But the few decided not to move, and they are still fighting against the scorching heat and dryness of the angry desert. The old people, who once sing the beauty of Hakra and green fields, have also become the part of sand.

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The shortage of water makes the people life hard and it seems as if they were born to search water. But in spite of all these miseries they enjoy their social life with lot of cultural activities. These social activities keep them alive and enhance their energy to live.

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Muhammad Nasrullah Khan is a Pakistani-Canadian writer. His short stories are well-recognized internationally for his unique prose style, and really naive innocence of rural life of Asia. His short stories Donkey-Man and Only Nada Lives were nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. Enlivened by the stories of great English and Russian writers, he has taken a pinch of fact and a cup of fiction to weave an embroidered creative work of adoration, trust, and agony in his stories. His work has appeared in Adbusters, Evergreen review, Indiana Voice Journal, Newtopia Magazine, Gowanus Books,Offcourse literary Journal University at Albany, The Raven Chronicles, and many others.

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