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Last Weekend - Went to the Farm!

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Jwalagarh Farm - Arvind Singh at the door and Rashmi (his wife) on the balcony
I had to go back to the farm before returning to America and I'm so glad I did.

Halfway to Jwalagarh Farm we stopped at a way-side station along the canal. It was a very dangerous area, so we didn't feel it prudent to stop and eat alongside the canal. Not only the people, but the monkeys would have swarmed us for food. So this old station was used by the British as needed and primarily for emergency courts. The main room is set up so that they could quickly pull together and have a court right there!

Though I'm not a fan of viewing churches, the Singh's wanted me to visit the only Catholic Basilica in India, which borders their property. It was nice and lots of statuary in the entry yard. My favorite though was the statue of someone important (sorry, I'm not christian, so don't know who he was) wearing a pair of broken down sunglasses.
"Barber Shop" on the streets of Meerut
It was actually kind of funny.

Anyway, after the basilica, I hopped out of the car and began walking the farm, which took most of the day. I found out later that the mistress of the house, though going there for 30 years, has never walked the farm and the owner, who I was with, had never walked all of it either! I guess they learned something from their pushy American friend! Arvind took me around and we visited workers, he explained the crop rotations and how the farm runs. We visit the sugar processing plant, which uses all manual processes to process the sugar. It was amazing to watch, and nothing goes to waste. The men were very curious about me and very concerned that I was traveling alone (without a husband) which seemed to be an obsession everywhere I went.
Monkeys along the canal on the way to Meerut


Once they got used to seeing a white woman, they talked to me through my friend and it was really fun. They were amazed that in America a single family runs their own farm with no outside help. In India, it isn't fathomable!

Arvind took me to the brick making facility. I had seen so many smoke stacks/chimneys everywhere I went in India, but had no idea what it was about! There is a huge trench built around the chimney, that is filled to the rim with bricks and covered with clay. Then firest are loaded in at the doors and the "doors" on the inside of the trench work to pull the fire through and bakes the bricks! It was so cool!

My respect for the workers is huge. The work is tedious, but there isn't a bit of waste anywhere on the farm.

And though the feifdoms are no longer considered part of the country, Jwalagarh Farm definitely works just like a feifdom.
Old colonial station for dignitaries and royalty. My friend had connections, so we stopped to eat our lunch and rest a few minutes.
The Singh family owns all the property and everything on it, the people that live in Jwalagarh village work every inch of the property and are allowed a percentage of what they process for themselves. They depend completely on Jwalagarh Farm for everything and it is the job of the Singh family to provide it. There is a very old school on the path to the farm, in the village, where the local children go to school. If the older widows are unable to help themselves, the family brings them food and clothing.


dahling says:
I think it is great you got to see so much of the real life - I would love to see the sugar and the brick making things. Also, I have not idea of the how the farms run, but I assume they are much larger and less industrial machines on them - which is actually a good thing, it gives people work this way.
Posted on: Jan 23, 2009
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Barber Shop on the streets of Me…
"Barber Shop" on the streets of M…
Monkeys along the canal on the way…
Monkeys along the canal on the wa…
Old colonial station for dignitari…
Old colonial station for dignitar…
You have to be tough in India!
You have to be tough in India!
Canal route around Meerut
Canal route around Meerut
The only Catholic Basilica in Indi…
The only Catholic Basilica in Ind…
One of the saints or someone impor…
One of the saints or someone impo…
Look closely...he is wearing sungl…
Look closely...he is wearing sung…
Beginning of Jwalagarh Farm
Beginning of Jwalagarh Farm
Jwalagarh village streets leading …
Jwalagarh village streets leading…
The wouldnt move until they reali…
The wouldn't move until they real…
School house in Jwalagarh village
School house in Jwalagarh village
business in Jwalagarh village
"business" in Jwalagarh village
Chimney for brick factory
Chimney for brick factory
Pit around the chimney where brick…
Pit around the chimney where bric…
chimney
chimney
Family thrashing rice
Family thrashing rice
Children working the fields
Children working the fields
Children thrashing rice
Children thrashing rice
Sugar cane on the farm
Sugar cane on the farm
Workers heading to the farm from t…
Workers heading to the farm from …
Loaded up with sugar cane
Loaded up with sugar cane
the crusher for sugar cane. It c…
"the crusher" for sugar cane. It …
Sugar farmer looking at the big wh…
Sugar farmer looking at the big w…
First stage of cooking down the ca…
First stage of cooking down the c…
Each pot is hotter and cooks down …
Each pot is hotter and cooks down…
worker loading dried cane for the …
worker loading dried cane for the…
final stage of processing.
final stage of processing.
Cooked down and set to cool
Cooked down and set to cool
All he does all day is load dried …
All he does all day is load dried…
My dearest friend, Rashmi
My dearest friend, Rashmi
Temple in the home at Jwalagarh
Temple in the home at Jwalagarh
Rooftops from the farm
Rooftops from the farm
Jwalagarh courtyard
Jwalagarh courtyard
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