Category Archives: A Day in The Life

Welcome, Summer

  Today was Holi, the festival of colors. I noticed, driving through empty Gurgaon roads to Aman Bagh, the (surprising?) commonality between wealthy Gurgaon condominium residents and rough hewn Gujjar peasants  – loads of alcohol, bhang, pot; and loud, sense … Continue reading

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Shri Bhupinder Hooda and Mr. Larry Bossidy

Judging by the full-page advertisements released by the Congress government on 1 January 2014, Haryana’s population is in a state of bliss with free medical care and medicines, cattle loans, loan interest waivers, crop insurance and what have you. The … Continue reading

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January 2014 – a Day at Aman Bagh

It’s a bracingly cold January afternoon, and the sun is strong – a wonderful winters day. Nature is at its most peaceful at Aman Bagh at this time of the year – winter is a relatively laid back season as … Continue reading

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Bullocks !

These two 2 years young bullocks of the Hariana desi breed cost us Rs 14,000 with a wooden plough thrown in. Purchased from a local Gujjar farmer in the Mangar hills, they are hardy and well suited to our environment. Shamsher and … Continue reading

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Breeding Invasions of a Different Kind

I recently watched “Breeding Invasions: Livestock At Stake” – a sensitive and thought provoking documentary produced by Anthra, an unusual organization “ …..of women veterinary scientists working primarily on issues of livestock development in the wider context of sustainable natural … Continue reading

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Desi Cows – on the route to extinction ?

Jay Mazoomdar wrote an impassioned cover story in Tehelka on the Indian cow recently – http://www.tehelka.com/the-desi-cow-almost-extinct/ – this has valueable knowledge for the lay reader interested in learning how India is throwing away its cattle heritage developed over many millenia. We … Continue reading

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Farming as a Way of Life, and Not Just Commerce

Kheti Dharma Hai Vyapar Nahin – Farming is a way of life, a value system, and not just commerce.  To paraphrase Masanobu Fukuoka, Aman Bagh’s reason for existence is to “cultivate better human beings and not just grow crops”. This gives me the … Continue reading

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Pesticides & Fertilizer schedule

Here is my annual plan for fertilizer (Panchgavya, Jeevamrit, Gobar Gas Slurry) and pesticide (Keet Virodhak) application. Fert & Pest Schedule Sept 2013. This schedule has been written in Hindi on a large sized A5 paper, color coded and laminated (so it can last … Continue reading

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