Pics that should make you sit up and think…

Water-logged paddy fields near thakazhi

Water-logged paddy fields near thakazhi in Alappuzha district, photographed from a running train on a rainy morning

These are not just photographs that capture the Kerala landscape on a rainy morning. These are pictures that should make you sit up and think…water-logged paddy fields

Thoughts that flash across my mind:

*Such vast farmlands and we are forced to buy rice brought in from neighbouring states, packaged and sometimes even adulterated and coloured, sold to us at exorbitant prices…

*Paddy fields disappearing from the Kerala landscape and flats taking their place in urban and semi-urban areas. So, are they going to come up with skyscrapers here too in Thakazhy? Can’t say…

*How far would the future generation be able to identify with Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai’s acclaimed novel ‘Randidangazhi’? Well, maybe we got to preserve such photographs for posterity…

*What would poets and lyricists write about in future when we will be having paddy fields just for namesake and rivers and lakes all drying up?

I just wish we all- each one of us- see this as something personal and sit up and think of doing something, rather than blaming others…Better late than never…

We can do it! We can preserve and conserve it all, for our sake, for the sake of posterity…

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  1. Premkrishnan says:

    an year back i met a primary school student in Kuwait. And I understood from her talk that there are children who think that rice is also a factory made stuff like noodles and pasta. How can i blame her. she may not have seen the paddy fields. She has only seen her parents buying rice bags along with other things from supermarket.

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