Saturday, December 5, 2015

Owning 0.5 acre and remaining poor at 35 years is your fault - Biju Patnaik

Read an article about a farmer called Shanmughan, who was inspired by Biju Patnaik's statement  "Owning 0.5 acre and remaining poor at 35 years is your fault". He is from Calicut and is around 70 years old now. In 1982, he had a shop in Calicut and it was looted twice and he went to Bombay to go to gulf country for a job. But he lost his passport and money and he was sitting near a lawn at Gate of India and came across a piece of paper in which this famous sentence of Biju Patnaik was written.

It influenced him so much since he was 35 years then and owned 0.505 acre of land. He came back to his native place and decided to give a try with agriculture. Right now he is around 70 and makes a decent living from income from farming, but his life style is very simple. He has wife and three daughters and has been living from income from farming. His monthly requirement of money is about 1000 rupees unless there is some medical expenses. He has around 40 coconut trees and harvests about 1300 coconuts. Vegetables are cultivated in between coconuts and has 10 nugmeg trees which gives around 35000 rupees per year.

Initially he needed help to complete the work, but after 3-4 years into agriculture, he is able to complete all the work by himself, but he does it step by step.

He says "God used to give me just enough for each day. With the kind of money the youngsters spend today for buying chappals, we can meet one month's expenses. Without much demands, living with income from farming, we are able to living happily".


8 comments:

NotThatKindOfFarmer said...

Great article.I appreciate your post. Thanks so much and let keep on sharing your stuffs keep it up.

Nandakumar said...

Thanks..sure, will keep writing.

Regards,
Nandan

Anonymous said...

Although I am not Christian, a verse from the Bible comes to mind for me after reading this story... "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth."

This is an idea that is expressed in a number of the world's religions and is something that I think resonates in all thinking people: that it is better to have a simple and genuinely happy and serene life, than to have what others lust and greed after, but be unhappy of mind and abjectly poor. Poor, not materially speaking here, but a poverty of spirit that afflicts one's heart and soul.

I think that advertising and the unhealthy obsession that it encourages within us to look for happiness in consumer goods rather than looking for it within our homes, our families, our friends, and most importantly, in deep thought and reflection, is easily one of the greatest causes of angst and unhappiness in the world today.

Hope you are well Nandan & thank you for sharing your thoughts with the rest of us. It is much appreciated.

Zakir


Nandakumar said...

Zakir,

Thanks for these thoughts ...

Once you have clean air,water and food, then all is fine !!! People remain poor because of lack of awareness ?


Regards,
Nandan

Branden Ryder said...

Awesome article! I like it. Hats off to you for such a wonderful sharing. I have bookmarked this post to come back and to share with my friends.

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Nandakumar said...

Thanks.

Regards,
Nandan

Anonymous said...

Happen to see your blog today. Great work and keep sharing.
I would like to see your farm one day.
There is lot to learn from you gentleman.

Ramadas B

Nandakumar said...

Thanks Ramadas. You are welcome to see the farm and would be happy to share what I know.

Regards,
Nandan