Rice is coming to harvest in a couple of weeks, rape seed/canola harvest will start in a couple of days. But i had to stop working for a couple of days because its diwali & my co-workers need a break !!

There is something about diwali which puts me off, especially the conspicous consumption which goes with it & yes, i just dislike firecrackers. As a child i used to enjoy doing it, then one day in front of me i saw my best friend at that time getting badly burned & that was it, i never handled one after that, thankfully my teenage son is also not too fond of it. Standing outside our house in pune & watching the firecrackers going, i realise that life isn’t good.

Tacitus, the historian, claims Nero organized a party after the ‘Great Fire of Rome’ to eliminate rumors that he caused the fire. Apparently, many ‘criminals’ (like you & me) and ‘slaves’ were burned to provide light for the party. Who were Nero’s guests? Is the party still going on? Are Nero’s guests still around?

I hate looking at myself on the mirror, but a few times when i happen to look at myself, its scary,  i feel i am a fraud. Sometimes i feel, why am i doing this internet stuff (this blog & the Fb page etc), when the farm is still in its infancy, i feel like deleting this blog & its Fb page. Sometimes i feel there is no point in talking, it makes sense just doing the work on the farm quietly.

Recently some people had called me for a consultancy, with a mouth-watering pay cheque etc, i gently refused. I refused because i know that my farm has not broken even, there is nothing to show, i also know there will be no joy in it, because to get results from the farming methods that i adopt takes years & years of toil. Corporate language says to master something one has to put in minimum 10,000 hrs of work & practice, but have a look at this documentary film, Nero’s guests , where it tells us the tale of generations of farmers in this country.

Welcome to farming !!

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every one these days is talking of Occupy wall street, Occupy dalal street, occupy this, occupy that etc, etc…….

i was thinking why occupy ?

why not unoccupy ?

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