Monday, June 26, 2006

“Oh! Again!!” I mumbled after reading the front page story about suicide of five farmers..
“Why do you feel so bad after reading about suicide of farmers??” my daughter asked.
“Because my father was a farmer too, I know how much they love their fields and cows and bullocks” I replied.
She brought a paper cutting from my file and showed it to me with a smile. Some lines in the article read as-
It is easy to bring a boy out of a village but very difficult to bring the village out of the boy.’
“Very true”, I said.
Memories of our fields came to my mind..
I was not born and brought up in a village, neither my father was a full time farmer. In fact he was a renowned lawyer and was famous for his excellent drafting of a case and argument. Many times he was advised by his colleagues and seniors to practice in the High Court but he stayed back at his native place for his passion of farming. Every day after returning from the court he used to go to our farm (10 miles away from home) and spent two three hours there. He used to bring a bag full of fresh vegetables. On weekends we kids used to accompany him, he was very keen to show us that how hard a farmer works to give us grains.
In different seasons at the time of sugarcane or groundnuts or corn or green grams picnics were arranged for the whole family. The most fascinating part for us kids was the adventure to cross a small river and then walk a mile to reach our field. It was fun to play with village kids with calves all around..
I miss that all…
When time permits I still go there but there is hardly any water in the river and there are no smiling faces of the villagers.
Does a nation’s development costs this much?? Poor farmers of villages have no where to go at all??
** We never get tired of saying that we are a nation of villages. We are proud of our villages,that’s why when a highly honored foreign guest visits India, we exhibit a “completely designed” village for him.**


  • Oh well mine was a parttime farmer too :)

    during reaping seasons he used to work for hire on ppl's field. Was in 2nd class when my grandfather died.. with whole properly taken away by uncles, etc. he studied on his own !!

    By Blogger Ashish Gupta, at 26 June, 2006  

  • gr8 blog !!!!!!!
    keep writting!

    By Blogger ketki, at 26 June, 2006  

  • Hi Rachana,
    Thank you so much for sharing with us all...untold stories must be told so that we do not forget our roots.

    By Blogger abhay k, at 27 June, 2006  

  • Bachpan ke din bhi kya din the
    Udte phirte titli ban ke..

    Apne pitaji aur bachpan ki saras yadon ko share karne ka shukriya!

    By Blogger Manish, at 27 June, 2006  

  • I dont know how many farmers yet have to commit suicide to open eyes of Govt.Once heard that they have opened camps selling their show their destitution to the govt.State govt says they are waiting for centre to send monetary help and Centre says that welfare of farmers is totally a state affair.
    In this passing buck, farmers are biggest losers.

    PM Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit Vidharbha, but I am sure nothing will happen.

    By Blogger Abhishek Upadhyay, at 28 June, 2006  

  • This is a fact that we do all blah blah about villages , conduct gramotsav, show villages on and off screen, where every thing is so goody goody, picturesque surroundings and smiling faces, we don't have the guts to peep in the real life of village and farmers. Suicides in A. P. ....
    Govt had turned deaf ears to all the pleas of farmers .
    I think steps like adoption of villages by NGO and affluent NRI can be an effective solution.

    By Blogger Neelima Arora, at 29 June, 2006  

  • "It is easy to bring a boy out of a village but very difficult to bring the village out of the boy."

    i was born in a village and brought up in a big city, but i have spent a good amount of my time (school vacation time mostly) in my village. I still remember all the masti i have done there..

    n let me tell u meri rago mai bhi farmer ka khun daud raha hai.. :) :) :)

    By Blogger Dh@v@!, at 29 June, 2006  

  • completely designed village. very true!

    By Blogger ankan, at 29 June, 2006  

  • @ashish,Iam glad to know that!
    @abhay,to be rooted is v imporatant ofcourse!
    @manish,Achche se gane ki pankti ke liye dhanyawad!!
    @abhishek, let's not lose hope!
    @neelima, you picked my point v correctly! and yes NGOs can be good help..
    @dahval,,tum bhi!!! kushi hui jaan kar!
    @ankan, thanks...

    By Blogger rachana, at 29 June, 2006  


    By Anonymous DEEPAK, at 30 June, 2006  

  • hi rachana,
    as usual your post comes as an eyeopener everytime. your blog inspires me very much. im sure you know this. well the govt has announced some sort of loan to those farmers.

    By Anonymous nabeel, at 02 July, 2006  

  • @ deepak,, thanks.....
    @nabeel,,thanks a lot for ur kind words...

    By Blogger rachana, at 02 July, 2006  

  • thats not the cost of development!

    thats the cost of neglect and arrogance! I think sometimes it serves US (we mankind) well to be in ruin someday so as to serve as a lesson... but then they say "we do not inherit nature from our ancestors but borrow it from our children" :-s

    By Blogger Ashish Gupta, at 02 July, 2006  

  • Very true. Farms release the longing for freedom. I've spent some time on our farms back home, and enjoyed every moment of it.

    By Blogger Anil P, at 06 July, 2006  

  • @ ashish,,nice quote!

    @ anil,, thanks for ur coments..

    By Blogger rachana, at 11 July, 2006  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19 July, 2006  

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