Cold pressed oils : Fad or here-to-stay ?

Oils labelled as cold pressed oils have started appearing in supermarkets, kirana stores, exclusive oil shops all around us. They are being sold in both packaged and loose forms. In Tamil, it is called Sekku Ennai; or pronounced as Chekku Ennai by people of southern Tamil Nadu. The manufacturers are both domestic as well as…

Why organic food is costlier?

It seems counter-intuitive but the current sense of the word ‘Culture’ seems to have been derived from the word ‘Agriculture’ and not the other way around. And it is ironic that there is almost no culture left in mainstream agriculture anymore. What we are now seeing is not synthesis, which is what agriculture needs, but…

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 snapshot of happenings at our farm

We are building a food forest and kitchen garden for ourselves at Papanasam, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India since July 2018. We have been focusing on adding a lot of carbon / organic material to the soil. That’s why you will see photos covered with neem, mexican sunflower and glyricidia. We have let the old neem…

My opinion of Covid root causes

I have been avoiding in getting involved in discussions around coronavirus much because I am in a bubble. Until this blog post. All I can hear about when we hear the solutions to Covid are : Vaccines and Herd immunity. And definitely vaccines more than herd immunity or personal immunity. While vaccines are a good…

Introducing Kabir and thoughts on bull rearing

Introducing Kabir, the first calf born in our farm, the newest addition to our family. Kapila was the 2nd cow who arrived at the farm last year February had just delivered a male calf Krish then. We knew of the impending delivery on account of Kapila’s demeanour from 22nd June morning. Seshaiyya had volunteered to…

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…

Is Organic produce truly tastier? And our papaya story so far…

It has finally started raining Papayas at the farm after a long mouth watering wait. The feature image photo is the 2nd papaya we harvested from the farm. We couldn’t wait to start eating the first papaya last week and hence the lack of social media excitement. 😉 While the saplings were given free of…

Early morning musing

Often, at night I lay awake Just thinking And dreaming Or maybe both About my generation About how convenient we have had it And about the destruction we are causing Is it just a coincidence? Or is one a consequence of the other? Definitely, the latter I often come to the conclusion to And then…