Deeparam, the postman of the Desert
It is not uncommon that after the end of the world there is yet another end of the world where few families live in remote, unlikely hamlets nestled at the foot of the dunes.
Deeparam, 69, is a postman in the Thar desert in Rajasthan. He knows well these outcasts of modernity. It is he who brings them news, letters, money and sometimes comfort . He reads to those who can not read, calls a doctor, in a way he is the boatman of the desert. The man of the desert is able to walk in the oppressive heat of 50 ° Celsius, as far as ten or fifteen miles, only wearing his rope shoes, to deliver a letter. At 69, Deeparam remains the last and only link between the cities and these isolated men. Who will replace him when his legs will carry him no more? in order to bear witness and retain the memory of an endangered social bond I made this book, published in 2005*, and accompanied my friend, the postman, for two weeks on his tours.
Texts by Ananda Devi, Bernard Plossu and Yves Bernanos.
* Deeparam, Facteur du desert