Encounter with a farmer

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p style=”text-align:justify;”>It happened during a trip to my native. Would not discuss more about the place or people as that’s not the focus here. After a comfortable train journey, the next patch was to be covered by road, I chose to take an auto rickshaw. Upon a hard bargaining, got hold of a decent looking guy who agreed to my T&C!
There was something special about this guy who was dressed smartly and had some sophistication while speaking. With the intention of digging into his life, I initiated a conversation by asking if he owns the auto. He replied in affirmation and said he got it through an auto loan. Poor fellow I thought, makes a living from the meagre earnings. Then I checked about his qualifications as he was using ample number of English words in his conversations. He was a graduate in political science! Respect! Not for his degree but for the courage to be an autowallah inspite of being decently educated.

As the interaction was getting into flow, I tried poking my nose into his personal life. He responded without hesitation. Eldest of three siblings, he was from a modest background. Family earned it’s living from a small piece of land. After completing graduation, he tried for jobs, experimented with business but failed miserably in both. So he decided to join his father back home and concentrate on farming. I was thinking of asking him “Oh! You failed there too?”, but stopped myself from doing that as that would sound rude.

He had been into farming for quite some time now and was still continuing. I asked if farming is a good enough profession while we hear about farmer suicides from every part of the country. He said no doubt the going has got very tough for farmers, but when there is a strong will there is a way. There is a scarcity of innovation in this sector which can be attributed to the lacklustre focus of the policy-makers and also the urban oriented people from village. He had studied details about modern farming in countries like New Zealand, USA and Switzerland etc to understand the nuances of the trade. I was getting amazed with the ease and fulency with which he was explaining things to me. Apart from two harvests of paddy and one of pulses, the smart fellow had ventured into vegetables and aquaculture. Proud owner of about 30 acres of agricultural land, my auto-rickshaw driver, a content farmer, has a farm house which uses solar power for its appliances.

The interaction with our learned farmer was quite a memory and very pleasing to know that with a different thought towards agriculture, it can be achieved what this fellow has done. If we look into developed nations which are good at agriculture, they have given it industry status. Science and Technology is gone into the methods of farming. People in farming are well aware about the skills required for modern farming. Moreover as it is considered as a business, there is diversification in the trade. Probably if our policymakers can look into these factors, our farmers also can prosper like their global peers.

Weekend getaway in Bhubaneswar

Across the eastern coastline of India lies a city called Bhubaneswar, Odisha which is incidentally the capital city of Odisha which is a state of the Indian republic. Usually a slow paced city with planned distribution of habitation, the city boasts of its temples. Bhubaneswar houses a plethora of temples dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses, so it’s also called as temple city. Being strategically located, the city serves as a base point for inward tourists to plan their itinerary. Many use Puri, Odisha for this purpose too because of its religious significance due to the Jagannatha Temple and also due to cost effective accommodation.

However for those who wish to have some extra comfort to relax and satiate their culinary appetite, can choose to check into a luxury hotel in Bhubaneswar.

There are various star properties available for tourists to choose, based on their budgets. Mayfair Lagoon is one luxury hotel which I always gave least preference going by its looks from outside. Until recently when I stayed there for a few days.

The ambience inside the hotel is world class. Built in a cottage/resort format, it has villa type accommodation. The best part is the greenery inside the resort which has been created over a long time. Across the corridors, you find artefacts, statues and fountains which add some contrast to the rustic nature look. Best part is the whole place is maintained well and it’s very clean.

For culinary lovers, the resort houses various restaurants with world cusine, local delicacies to an Irish pub. Lazy bugs can relax with a drink across the swimming pool surrounded by greenery. Quality of food is great (though quite highly priced!).

It also has recreational facilities too for those interested. But I never used, so no idea about them.

Mayfair Lagoons is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway for local travellers to relax and spoil themselves! For international tourists, the resort offers an opportunity to explore Bhubaneswar and it’s surroundings, with sacrificing the comfort & luxury.

Note:
I have no connection with the hotel. The blog is just for sharing of experience. Its website has detailed and beautiful illustrations, along with further details about the hotel.

I return!

After a long break from Blogosphere, it feels so refreshing to be back in the circle of fellow-bloggers again. Life has its compulsions, duties to be performed. That dries up the time for gateways of expression. However the “return” is often sweet and fresh after a break…

So a big hello to my blogger friends and hereby inform that I am limping back to action slowly….

Come, let’s celebrate “Music”

Today is celebrated as World Music Day and people across the globe are celebrating that sweet sensation called “Music”. Everyone from an expert to a novice can’t just keep himself aloof from this wonderful gift of nature. Yes, you heard it right. Music comes from nature too. One needs to have the ears to listen to music that nature plays. The waves in the sea, cool breeze caressing the leaves, shower of rain – they all play some king of music.

Will not go into the technicalities as I am no expert in that. Music for me is that soothing sensation which relaxes your body and mind. Music is beyond the barriers like language or religion, it is something that just cheers you up and lifts your spirit. Be it the retro songs from Bollywood, some folk song from the remote villages, some western classical or some soulful Sufi song. All of them have the same effect, they touch the soul. In today’s stressful lifestyle, when both body as well as mind get exhausted, everyone looks for an avenue to unwind. Listening to some nice music or playing a musical instrument for me is one such avenue which recharges the soul. I am sure there would many among you who also share the same feelings.

So friends, let’s celebrate this day by taking time out and listening to those favorite songs or by playing that musical instrument which you had somehow kept aside…

DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

Walls can be the canvas for creative expression. Kids probably make the most out of the walls with their random scribblings and drawings. Adults are not left far behind who use walls for Graffiti to paintings, hoardings to notifications.

The wall in this photograph was quite unusual for me. While on a walking tour of Zurich, I came across one of the spots “Zurich Police Headquarters”. Inside the famous building, the walls were decorated with paintings. The lighting inside was giving warmth to the paintings. Out of some wonderful paintings, this one was eye-catching and could fit into the frame of my Digicam. Here’s my entry for this week’s photo challenge based on the theme “Wall“.

DP WPC: Wall
The Painted Wall (Police Headquarters, Zurich)

Hope you would like it.

WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

Here’s my entry for WP Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme “Reward“.

Reward is filthy with possibility….

The photograph is of the famous Sun temple of India in Konark. Usually crowded with tourists, one hardly gets the scope to capture the beauty in a single frame. I had no option but wait for more than an hour. Time was running out, the sun was going down slowly and my frustration was growing gradually. And then finally came the moment, I could capture the beautiful monument in its full glory. After doing a bit of fiddling with the sharpness and contrast, the Reward what I got is mind-blowing. Hope you would like it.

The Sun Temple
The Majestic Sun Temple
Konark