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A Paddy Field In Trivandrum City

paddy fields trivandrum yenthaIf your eye balls have widened after reading the title and wondering whether this is in the suburbs of the city, you are mistaken. The paddy field on the road from Kundamankadavu junction to Karimankulam, is still being cultivated twice a year. This road leads to Vattiyoorkavu junction and connects the busy Thirumala-Peyad road to Vattiyoorkavu.

The Kundamankadavu area, which can be called a 'village in the city', still has areas under cultivation, though paddy cultivation is limited to just two fields or ‘Kandams’. Other crops cultivated include tapioca, plantain and certain other vegetables.

The paddy fields owned by Raveendran Chettiar, who is a professor at the MG College, Trivandrum, are the only fields that are still being cultivated in the city. Chettiar, who can be spotted in the field in the early hours, says that though the reap is not satisfactory he will keep on cultivating to keep up the rich tradition that he inherited from his ancestors. He also adds that it is difficult to get laborers who have the skill and expertise in paddy cultivation.

When there is work in the field, passers-by, mostly the youth, stop to see the tractor working or the old ladies planting the saplings; a visual common in Sathyan Anthikad films or MT Vasudevan Nair’s stories. Let us hope that at least this field does not get filled up with soil to make footing for a multi-storeyed building with a patch of Italian lawn grass in front of it.

-- By Syamnath JG

Posted By : Cris, On Jun 21, 2010 04:35:01 PM
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there is also one at nettayam.Near ARR Public School
Alu, on Jun 21, 2010 06:22:42 PM
you are a good observer...nice...keep it up..
Lachu, on Jun 21, 2010 09:01:52 PM
Good one.
Raman V, on Jun 22, 2010 08:48:34 AM
Cris, please have an interview with him. Let Trivandrumites know what it takes to be a farmer in the city
Bigbrother, on Jun 22, 2010 09:01:09 AM
Thanks everyone. The post has been made by Syamnath JG. I will pass all comments to him. Thank you Alu. We will check that one. @Lachu, Raman thank you. @Bigbrother, yes we will be doing that :-)
Cris, on Jun 23, 2010 02:21:06 AM
Thank u all... happy to see my article published..:)
Syam, on Jun 24, 2010 06:04:55 PM
@Syamnath JG Excelllent article dude. Never saw this one before. Good observation. Keep it coming. Hoping to see many more on Yentha from you. P.S. Readers please note that Syamnath JG and Syam Nath S are two different persons. :-)
Syam Nath S, on Jun 25, 2010 01:12:09 AM
excellent journalism...indeed a professional touch...
Vyas, on Jun 27, 2010 08:15:58 PM
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