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A Day in Dhonk
Ranthambore on the rise

February 11, 2012

Give the Mogiyas livelihood alternatives and watch the tiger numbers soar. MEENA MENON on a programme that actually works in Ranthambore.


Sixteen-year-old Rinku attentively sews a buttonhole under the expert eye of his teacher. He dreams of being a star batsman like his idol Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his mind wanders to cricket all the time. But, unlike the children of indulgent parents, Rinku can only dream of a cricket kit. His father Ram Singh, a member of the traditional hunter gatherer tribe, the Mogiyas, used to be an informant for poachers in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Now reformed, he works as a guard for a farmer in his village, Hajamkhedi.
Rinku, his older brother and cousin live on one floor of the Gyandeep Academy in Sawai Madhopur which has functioned as a boarding house for the last six years for boys between eight and 17 years. Part of the Mogiya Education Project run by the NGO Tiger Watch, the attempt is to give the children the chance of a life away from poaching. The boys live here and go to a nearby.. Know more....

Inspiration behind Dhonk Craft

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Tanya Munshi's Lifestyle Portal

It is important for us to get to know our forests. They are not only our national heritage but treasures more precious than gold, and the primary source for our survival. It is only when you are in it and feel its presence do you realize how stunning the forests are.

Here is a rare account of one of the most popular national parks in the country. It is a unique story told to us by a 29-year Divya Shrivastava Khandal who originally from Mumbai is now settled in Sawai Madhopur with her Conservation Biologist husband. Through her camera lens, blog – Ranthambore Tales and documentation she beautifully captures the essence and beauty of Ranthambore and the magnificent tigers, for the world to see.
What’s more, the tigers of Ranthambore love posing for photographs exclusively for Divya, and in turn she finds them to be ‘naturally photogenic’.
A Post Graduate in Dietetics from SNDT University, Mumbai, Divya has worked for five years with RKHS -Compass PLC as the Corporate Dietitian and now since the last two years she is running a social enterprise called Dhonk Crafts that works with rural people living around the Ranthambhore forest. Know more....

On TripAdvisor

“A true NGO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 13 April 2012

Visited Dhonk shop at Ranthambore. It truly supports the local arts and crafts and loved the mélange of modernity with folksy patterns.

Also the thought of rehabilitating ex-poachers and their families appealed to me greatly. Wish they would advertise as no one knows about this exquisite shop which is like a hide-out!

Look for tigers, search for Dhonk!

Mehroo Kotval
Visited April 2012