- WE AND OUR VILLAGE
- Village interventions.
- Village - a deeply cultured place
- The inner strength of the village
- The purpose of charity
- Annapurna and Others
- Stories of my children
- Day by day in the village.
- Health in the Village
- Schooling and education
- Enounters with the modern
- Learnings from Narmada
- Learnings Down the Years
- Village stories and philosophy
Saturday, 14 July 2018
The bus from Chittoor to Kothapeta. Fifteen minutes out of the bus stop, the bus halted. The driver called the conductor, "I left the cover on the bench we were sitting on. Go, bring it."
With characteristic accomodativeness the rural passengers settled for the delay. I pulled out the dabba of lemon rice, and my daughter, Nagesh and I had our delayed lunch.
One curious passenger, "What was in the cover ?"
Driver, "SI s cap. I normally don't take things to deliver. But this was SI." (SI- Sub Inspector)
A conversation continue on these lines, straddling many associated topics, including more and more people.
In half an hour the conductor trudged back with a cap in a blue plastic cover. A khaki police cap. Each one of us felt a personal sense of accomplishment.
The bus restarted.
The water diviner.
They were looking for a water point just outside our home. He had a coconut in on his palm, anointed with kumkum and turmeric. At certain places the coconut lying horizontally on his flat palm would rise erect.
A point where the coconut rose miss was noted, and marked out with a rock.
After dinner, at 8:30 the women come to the room to finish their packing to take to town for posting tomorrow. That their customers are happy has been their first concern always.
Cheerful, focused work into the night. To meet the deadline.
Friday, 13 July 2018
6 June 2018
The vegetable bag with pockets had gone viral, and some 25 people had forwarded it to me.
I forwarded the picture to Anita and Roopa, and asked them to figure their way through the picture and make the bags. A sample.
They were confused, but I told then that anyway they are the experts and that I can hardly help them. Within a day they figured it out, made this bag and sent me this image just now.
Village women and their capability and commitment to quality are a world apart.
This creation is 100% theirs - Anita, Annapurna, Rani, Lakshmikantha, Roopa, Buji, Ramila, Kala and Nirmala. From a picture.
9 June 2018
I got my multi compartment vegetable bag. The postman brought the parcel.Neatly sewn in rice sack as always.
Each compartment holds a kg and more easily. Each pocket is frilled to assure capacious holding. The stitching is firm and neat.
Professional work. Beautiful work. Smart work.
The bag, as all other #PaalaGuttaPalleBags has soul, and breathes of the village. Of the commitment and attention to detail of the village women, who have taken to stitching to sustain their families. Even as drought dances its dance of death.
At 350/- this strong canvas bag is a steal.
Orders can be placed here.
Large(17''x18''x6'') - 6 Pockets - Each pocket holds 1kg + central space) *
Extra Large(19''x16''x7'') - 6 Pockets - Each pocket holds almost 2kg + central space) *
Saturday, 30 June 2018
The packing of PaalaGuttaPalleBags from the village homes. Old rice sacks, neatly cut. The bags packed in the peices, and sewed in neatly. The address written, and cellotaped.
I saw another packaging today, full of packageing plastics of different forms. And realised the simple beauty of the packing that Rani and others do.
Least weight on the environment, least show.
The most beautiful.