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A Paddy Field In Trivandrum City
If 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