How do we deal with our shit? Like, literally…

In human history and specifically India’s history, there is a plenty of stigma associated with handling human faeces / shit / poop; whatever you like to call it. I think poop sounds cute. So, I will stick with poop, for the rest of the blog. And pee, for urine. If handled incorrectly, poop and pee…

A House made of Earth – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a three part series of our story of the construction of our house using locally available sustainable material and skill. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2. I am not sharing too many technical details for I am not an expert. Those who are interested in the finer…

A House made of Earth – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a three part series of our story of the construction of our house using locally available sustainable materials and skills. Click here to read Part 1. I am not sharing too many technical details for I am not an expert. Those who are interested in the finer details of the…

A House made of Earth – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a three part series of our story of the construction of our house using locally available sustainable materials and skills. I am not sharing too many technical details for I am not an expert. Those who are interested in the finer details of methods employed, please Comment below or write…

Earth House Construction update

A few of you have enquired about an impending blog post about the house in the farm and here is one after a long hiatus. In the last 6 months, we have been focusing only on the construction of the earth house and agriculture has been on the back seat. The unexpected on time arrival…

Madras Terrace – Katta Kuthu : Photo Blog

Today, we have started to build the roof over our compost toilet. We have done more than half of the 3 coats of plasters on all walls – internal and external – that we built with Adobe bricks. Madras Terrace, a roof technique, was perfected by the British and spread all over South India –…

Compost Toilet and House Building Progress

As of 12th June 2019, our trials of plasters are ongoing on the compost toilet that we are building and the foundation and plinth of the house is in progress. Volunteers have built the walls of the toilet with Adobe bricks & mud mortar for the 6′ by 11′ room. The Adobe bricks we made…

The Journey Begins

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton Vivasayee /ʋɪʋəsɑ:ji/ विवसायी விவசாயி Tamil Noun. 1. Farmer The occasion of Pongal seemed like an appropriate time for me to give you guys an update of the goings-on at the farm my parents, Noushadya and I have been spending the last 6…