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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Bundelkhand

The ancient block of peninsular India rises in a series of steps from the Ganges lowlands up to the Deccan Plateau. South of Kanpur, the first major rise--very gentle-- is to the Bundelkhand Uplands, which extend south to the Vindya scarp and the next step up.

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The uplands are remarkably flat over large areas.  The bedrock is mostly granitic and is neither especially fertile nor densely populated.  Where uncultivated, it is heavily grazed.

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Most of the grazing is by unfenced cattle.

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Fields are mostly unirrigated; gram is especially important.

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Cultivation methods are simple.

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Housing is typically of mud or brick, with tile roofs.

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Compound farmsteads are commonplace.

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Fields are generally unfenced, although the bedrock provides fencing material. (The background temple is Duladeo, a late Khajuraho temple. Khajuraho is located near the southeast edge of the Bundelkhand Uplands.)

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Although this is a poor part of India, it now has cell phones and satellite TV.

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Roads remain simple.

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On one of them, west of Panna, there is a well-known dhaba, or truckstop.  The food's good:  specialties are roti for two cents and dal for 20. 

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