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Old 29th October 2009, 19:01   #1
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Since I travel down this road (SH11) almost every day, I thought a pictorial representation of a plot of agricultural land through the different phases of cultivation would be interesting.

Here goes:

Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_088.jpg

Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_109.jpg

Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_188.jpg

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Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_207.jpg

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Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_337.jpg

Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_414.jpg

Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_419.jpg

The cycle will start again after a burning of the dry grass and weeds and water will be pumped / allowed to flow into and the field would be like the first image.

Some additional photos towards the right of the area in the above photos:

Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_208.jpg

Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_420.jpg

Some of the initial images are there in the SH11 thread.

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Old 30th October 2009, 18:35   #2
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Unreal! I'm very intrigued to know why you would stop at the same spot over years to capture the developments?
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Unreal! I'm very intrigued to know why you would stop at the same spot over years to capture the developments?
Ever since I have started using that road on a regular basis, I have been wanting to capture the differences in the land during an agricultural season.

Rice being our staple diet, I was also curious to record the labour intensive work involve in producing something which we take for granted when we buy it from a store.

If you see the dates, they are just 5 months apart from start to 'almost' finish. The same spot was chosen to see the time taken from preparing the plot to harvest.

Except for the harvest (last photo in the series), all others were taken just by stopping at that point while going in that road. Since the harvest machines started off on a day when I was not taking the road (I had told my driver to inform of the 'harvest' as he takes that road twice everyday for my daughter's school trip), I took a drive to the spot to click a snap.

This is one of the rare seasons when our pro poor government has not interfered in the usage of harvest machines. Usually (in spite of labour shortage) they do resulting in loss of product due to delay in harvesting.
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Agriculture still being the highest source of GDP in India, not many urban folks know even the wider picture of the process.

It's really gives a special feel to gaze at a farmland in full glory.
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Kuttanadan Punjayile Thai Thai Thaka Thai Thai Thom...

Thanks for those beautiful pictures.
Is that the Alleppy - Chenganaschery route?

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Kuttanadan Punjayile Thai Thai Thaka Thai Thai Thom...

Thanks for those beautiful pictures.
Is that the Alleppy - Chenganaschery route?
Translation please, not all of us know foreign languages.
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Translation please, not all of us know foreign languages.
OT.That's a famous movie or folk song in Malayalam.

Beats me too, Thai thom thai thak is just a sound.

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Appreciate your patience !

You started photographing the scene from 26th may till harvest.

Wonder, you could have crossed the road and taken little close up shots?

Anyway, very very nice pictures.
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Hi,

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Kuttanadan Punjayile Thai Thai Thaka Thai Thai Thom...
Thanks for those beautiful pictures.
Is that the Alleppy - Chenganaschery route?
Yes. Technically it is SH11 and I have another thread with photos taken on that road.

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Translation please, not all of us know foreign languages.
That is a line from what is here known as 'boat race song'. The first two words mean 'the paddy of Kuttanad' and the remaining is to make a rhythm for the people who are rowing the boats.

You can hear the song:
Kuttanadan Punjayile - Kavalam Chundan (1967) - malayalam rare song-orginal a - TubeQ.Com

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Appreciate your patience !
You started photographing the scene from 26th may till harvest.
Wonder, you could have crossed the road and taken little close up shots?
Anyway, very very nice pictures.
Patience was the only way to get the series. I have avoided amny photos as they look same. I am not very comfortable about taking photos in publc places, especially with a mobile camera and so have clicked them sitting in the car itself. Laziness too, to get out of the air conditioned confines of the car.

Thank you all for appreciating. If the photos are nice it is because nature itself is beautiful.

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Hi,

That is a line from what is here known as 'boat race song'. The first two words mean 'the paddy of Kuttanad' and the remaining is to make a rhythm for the people who are rowing the boats.

You can hear the song:
Kuttanadan Punjayile - Kavalam Chundan (1967) - malayalam rare song-orginal a - TubeQ.Com
Thank you for the link to the song, loved the way the tempo builds up all along in the background and then comes up front towards the end. I only have to imagine myself in a boat rowing past those green paddy fields with the song in my ears and it all comes together cutting across the language barrier.
Thank you again for sharing nature's glory.
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Hi Rajesh,

Nice series of shots, I had done something similar 3 years back.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/trave...tty-story.html

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Wonder, you could have crossed the road and taken little close up shots?
My link has the close-up shots.
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That is a line from what is here known as 'boat race song'. The first two words mean 'the paddy of Kuttanad' and the remaining is to make a rhythm for the people who are rowing the boats.
Thank you for translating.
First thing that came to my mind was that song. Although more apt song would have been the harvest song...(which I dont know).

I have travelled through SH11 few times long back. Beauty of lush green paddy is mesmerising. Other place to catch this scenary would be Palakkad.

Don't forget to roll down the windows to enjoy the fragrance during panicle initiation stage of paddy.
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Hi Rajesh,
Nice series of shots, I had done something similar 3 years back.
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/trave...tty-story.html
My link has the close-up shots.
I would not have dared to put up those shots had I seen your thread before! I can't think of word to appreciate the details! Thanks.

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Thank you for translating.
Thanks.

I will just sneak in an image here. This is a type of jack fruit which is primarily used as a vegetable. The whole family loves it. We did have a tree which had started giving fruits since a couple of years back. Due to a proposed construction, we had to clear the area behind my house and this tree had to be cut down.

We tried planting the stem of the tree in another area and voila! it is alive again.

Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_426.jpg
The one which has 3 /4 branches starting almost from the ground level. This was shifted about 120 feet from its original location.

This is the fruit / vegetable that I am talking about:

Kada chakka bajji ( Bread fruit Bajji ) - Wellsphere

A little OT here, but, this is what I did for my future prospects:
Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_227.jpg
Phases of agriculture in Kuttanad-image_288.jpg
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Before and after snaps. The tiled roof structure in the 'before' structures was also demolished.

The 'new life' tree (in its original position) next to the aluminium sheets stacked against the wall (the empty space can be seen in the second photo of the 4 photo group).
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Hi,

Harvest over.

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