How to make the most of the drought

Whenever a drought reveals the monumental excavation strategies used at Palliya Thirthum to solve problems many centuries ago, the ashram organises the mining of precious silt for use in gardens on their extensive land holdings. This year the task included repair to an ancient well-wall that had caved in mid-way through the undertaking when a […]

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After the exalted valleys: Pits

Last time I visited the nursery for the Arunachala Kattu Siva Plantation, the climate was one of youth and vigour, full of promise; when I returned recently after nearly a year the scene could hardly have been more dismal. Nothing has happened for the trees during this time except Padmini (now widowed) had watered them. […]

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