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…

Is MakeInIndia a wise decision for the 21st century?

To reduce poverty in our country, a common solution proposed by experts is that people need to move away from agriculture and into manufacturing & services : manufacturing because of China’s prowess and services because of India’s success in IT. A few years back, I was of the same opinion, thanks to conditioning. I am…

Vazhaipoo paruppu usili | Banana flower with crumbled lentils

The first few months after moving to Vikramasingapuram were one of the most difficult times in our life. We were new to the town, had no company and also quit our jobs. We didn’t know what to do or where to begin. The farm is located next to a forest so wild animals damaged almost…

Low plastic / Minimum waste lifestyle

~8 minute read~ I would loved to have posted a Zero plastic or Zero waste lifestyle blog. But we aren’t there yet. That is the direction we have chosen to take. The rest of the society seems to be going in the opposite direction. I hope the direction reverses. There are plenty of problems with…

Tirunelveli Thalaga kuzhambu

Thaalaga kuzhambu is a mixed vegetable curry in a coconut-sesame paste. I got introduced to this flavour bomb of a curry after marriage. Sudhakar’s family go bonkers every time this kuzhambu is made at home. Before I talk about this kuzhambu, I should definitely say a few words about my mother-in-law. She is a Multani,…

Gharge, Pumpkin Poori

We recently had a bumper harvest of 50 kgs of pumpkins. Pumpkins can be stored for as long as six months after harvest. If you notice the local vegetable shops, they usually keep full pumpkins in shelves and cut them open only when people ask for it. We have decided to store most for ourselves,…