Posted: January 5, 2014 Filed under: photos | Tags: balmaadi coffee estate, biodynamism, coffee in india, coffee processing, disruptive travel, gudalur, india, karnataka, mudumalai national park, Night sky, nilgiris, organic coffee, tamil nadu, travel
This December I was a guest ar the Balmaadi Coffee Estate in the Nilgiris. Balmaadi is led by entrepreneur Unnamalai Thiagarajan. Growing coffee at an altitude of 6000 feet in the wild Nilgiris is challenging. Unna sticks to principles of sustainable biodynamism to produce organic coffee beans that have been recognized in India and globally for their unique flavor. Like their coffee, my short stay there was both a journey through Unna’s vision and an experience into the coffee grower’s life in the wild.
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Posted: October 5, 2013 Filed under: photos | Tags: cabin, common koel, koel, Kundan Park, nature
I inadvertently caught a Koel perched on the barbed wire fence.
- Asian Koel – Original photograph by Doug Janson.
Posted: May 19, 2013 Filed under: photos | Tags: gulmohar, Kundan Park, May, photo essay, Pune, summer evenings
Indecisively weighing both blue and red.
Orange gulmohar flowers add a touch of flair and drama.
Giving in to the thirsty spirit of the summer evening.
Posted: February 23, 2013 Filed under: photos | Tags: AJS motorcycle, bodhidharma, eric francis, kanan devan hills plantations, kerala, munnar, tea, tea estates
Legend has it that Bodhidharma after meditating for seven years fell asleep. When he woke up enraged, he cut off his eyelids to prevent it from happening again. Tea plants grew up from where his eyelids fell and monks drink tea to stay awake ever since.
Here’s a tea story of plantations from all over Munnar Kerala.
When driving in to Munnar, the humble tea bush dominates the landscape together.
In conversation with the sky.
Munnar is also a national park.
Eric Francis and his colleagues were the first to introduce tea plantations, railway, boilers, motorcycles, other technologies to the hills of Munnar in 1911. Growing tea in Munnar was not a profitable venture for most of the twentieth century. It survived on the passion and entrepreneurial spirit of a few individuals before making it to mainstream.
The Kanan Devan Hills Plantation Company is employee-owned and sponsors a tea museum in Munnar.
Thank you for watching! Photos were taken by Santosh Dawara with a Nikon DX7440, January 2013.