Last Weekend - Went to the Farm!
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October 25th, 2008 – by: paganmom
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.
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.
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.
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