I luv my farm

the farm ends there

Living in Mumbai is a routine stuff. Taking the bus and hoping you get a place to relax your back for the 50 mins long journey on the potholed roads, follow it up with a train journey and lastly trying your best to convince the autorickshaw driver that he take the route with least potholes and which is also less demanding on your wallet can stress you if you have to do it week after week. Moreso if you have repeat the same in reverse on your way back home. Commuting to and fro is the most demanding thing on your time and energy, and there is no alternative if you’re living in a city like Mumbai. My friends often suggest without realizing that it’s a ridiculous idea—of buying a car and travelling in a chauffeur driven vehicle. Agreed it’s less of a bother but if you have done the chore you know it can be as harassing as travelling by public transport. I did end up doing it by  a taxi–it left me poorer by Rs 30k at the end of a month and no wiser.

view from the farm

Why these rant here? Because one fine and rainy day I decided to escape the routine and put forward to my wife and daughter: “Let’s go visit the farm?”

a glimpse of river barvi

Surprisingly they agreed. May be they too were bored by the drudge. The day was fine. Hardly any drizzle. We took the train and in the next hour and a half were in Badlapur station haggling with the autorickshaw wallah about the fare. We agreed on Rs 200 for up and down  Having asked the autorickshaw wallah to leave us at the end of the road we three moved through knee-length vegetation, thanks to the rains, to enter our farm.

the quiet river flowing“It’s so quiet here,” remarked my college going daughter excited having fled the urban chaos, may be even for a day.

My wife, daughter of a plant geneticist, who grew up in farms and agriculture research centres was in her usual self: reliving her childhood days and happy checking out whether the plants looked healthy or not. “The fig leaves are looking rusty. You need to do something about it, “she stated.

Its exactly a year since I had planted some 100 fruit bearing plants, of which   96 have survived and doing well. They look more healthy than my neighbours who also planted last July.  Now I have realised and said so to Dr Ganesh Kamath, the man who introduced me to the world of  biotech products for agriculture way back in 2003. While planting the saplings and later I have been using Organica Biotech’s products like Magic Gro. Magic-gro is a cutting edge biological input for agriculture area and helps in getting good yields and quality of the final produce.

Mangal, our caretaker who got married juts six months back was with us pleased that he was seeing two others beside me visiting the farm.

how green is my valley

“Let’s go see the river,” said my daughter and we rushed to the edge of our plot and putting our feet on slippery stones went to meet the coursing water. Silent and moving away downstream. Women washing their clothes; Baku with a fishing rod and kids splashing their mud spattered legs.

While we were enjoying the sight of the greenery and the flowing river Mangal picked up handful of kakri, dudhi and bhindi for home.

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5 thoughts on “I luv my farm

  1. Namaskarams,

    I’m trying to identify an indian plant that I am growing in the USA. It was given to me by a
    man who speaks Kannada, and called it Sambara Balli.

    It is a vigorous hardy plant, roots very easily, is a succulent, and quite fragrant. he called
    it ‘granny medicine’ and said the old timers used it medicinally, and also made a dish with it
    fried with coconut.

    I can send a pic if that helps? thick succulent leaves, with a sawtooth edge, a little fuzzy,
    and very vigorous growing, loves full sun.

    hope you can help! Nandri.

    Vamadeva in Boston

  2. Deepak

    It has fragrance of Bishops Weed or Ajwain when crushed, it is indeed a medicinal creeper and can be reproduced through vegetative reproduction like planting cuttings in any season, a decoction of the leaves with tulsi (holy basil) alleviates common cold, its leaves when lightly heated over steam kept on the chest of infants reduces chest congestion without any side effects, it is used for normal consumption in the form of bhajias by deep frying the leaves in a bater of gram flour with salt added for taste, palatable, gives a tangy flavor and good to rid one of common cold or mild upper respiratory tract disorder.

  3. Deepak

    Plant species
    Botanical Name Ampelocissus arnottiana PLANCH.
    Family VITACEAE
    Threat Status Endangerd / Regional
    Used In Folk medicine
    Language (Indian)
    (No. of Names) Vernacular Name
    Kannada (4) narale, narande, saavira sambara, sambara balli
    Marathi (1) ran-dakho

  4. Deepak

    This plant has to be repotted,preferably once a year during warm climate, by cutting the top cuttings 6 inches in length, remove all the roots of the old plant and repot with a little of organic manure added to it, also makes a very decorative ,aromatic plant on the window sill, in case of any more information ,pls write.

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