It’s a hot day. Waves of heat rise off the desert encampment as I sit on a shaded verandah with my generous host. Dhanraj Malik Prince, son of King Malek Shri Mahomed Mahomed Shabbirkhanji Azizkhanji, is a real personality here. Known for being both friendly and fair, he sits, resolving disputes between his subjects. Next to him, a worker from the salt pans holds an umbrella silently.