Spotted : Russell’s Viper

On the lazy overcast sunday of the extended Diwali weekend, Noushadya and I were watching Jai Bhim, a well made movie inspired from real events based on the discrimination of Irular tribe by society, police and legal system of Tamil Nadu. The Irular tribe is known for their snake catching abilities amongst others. Half way…

Our Fountainhead of Inspiration : Prabhanjan Farm

When we bought this land at Vikramasingapuram, I faced buyers remorse and therefore several sleepless nights for several weeks. We were a family who had uprooted our comfortable city life and were planning to set up shop at a town that we had not even visited earlier. When we settled down and started to meet…

Raising chickens: our experience over the last six months

Chickens, we wanted to raise for quite some time but never took the first step. When we shifted from hybrid cows to native cows, we realized it was time to buy native chickens. And it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Chickens and cows share a symbiotic relationship – cows poop attract…

Up in the hills, In a forest clearing: Prayogshala

While searching for farm land, we had explored several parts of Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal was one of them. It got dropped off the list because of difficulty of access and doubt of my family’s tolerance to colder climate for prolonged periods of time. But, no other place in Tamil Nadu came close to the beauty…

Malabar Pepper by Kaani tribe, KMTR forest

Dichotomy of the cultivated and the wild More & more people are slowly coming to realize the destruction settled-agriculture has caused on the planet by cutting down forests. So, it is upon our generation to restore them or at least, preserve them, now that we are aware that : forests are one of the many…

Palm Jaggery – King of Sweeteners

In the first 17 years of my life in Bombay, I used to wait for Taadgola every summer. I vividly remember the vendors who used to sell Taadgola in the corner of the road 100 metres from our house in the suburbs. I used to coax my mother to buy some whenever we used to…

Agni-nakshatiram, Cyclones and Rice harvest

When Noushadya and I chose to settle down for life in Tirunelveli, few geographical factors that this district had rooting for itself were : No major seismic activity in the past 100 years It was far away from the coast. So it wouldn’t face the wrath of rising sea levels directly in the next few…