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ಜನ/ದನ ಕಥನ: ಹಟ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲೊಂದು ಹುಟ್ಟು-ಸಾವು

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ಹಟ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲೊಂದುಬಸುರಿಹಸು ತಿಂಗಳುತುಂಬಿದಹಸುವೊಂದುಹಟ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿಇರುವುದೂ, ತಿಂಗಳುತುಂಬಿದಹೆಣ್ಣುಮಗಳೊಬ್ಬಳುಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿಇರುವುದೂಹೆಚ್ಚುಕಮ್ಮಿಒಂದೇ.

Mistaken antihero - Dendrophthoe falcata, a parasite

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If you are from southern karnataka or kerala, and if you have ever shot stones at Mango Trees in their fruiting season, you would have spotted a cluster of leaves in some branches which are definitely not Mango tree’s. Yes, it’s a different plant altogether, which never in it’s life goes anywhere near soil. It takes birth atop the gigantic trees, grows to a considerable shrub and makes its family on the same tree or others. Ask about it with local people, they would curse the plant. They would say it kills the mango tree. It’s a well known anti-hero.
It’s a parasitic plant, which depends on the host tree for food, shelter and life at large. The generic term for the plant is ‘bandaNige (ಬಂದಣಿಗೆ)’ in kannada, ‘Mistletoe’ in English.

Reducing the distance between us and 'what makes us'

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Since I now have an 8 months old son, I am all the more convinced that a ‘birth’ at home can bring about unmatchable joy in our lives.
Like all other human babies, my son too looked too helpless when he was born. In the initial days into this world, he used to suck a finger offered to him quite strongly but not his mum! This caused some initial tension amongst us as my wife went on depositing milk to an unbearable extent and continuous attempts to feed this little 3 kgs of mass yielded little. She even went to a feeding-orientation course to learn subtle techniques of feeding. The main subtlety that they taught was ‘just continue your efforts and don’t yield to him’! And it finally worked. Since then he has been showing remarkable progress every month and continues to amaze us.


Luckily, a birth is never a once-in-30-years phenomenon for me. Wherever I go, I bring cuttings or plucked plants which attract me(irrespective of their ornamental/monetary/edible value) and nursery them. In a ma…

ಫಲಪುಷ್ಫಸಸ್ಯ ವಿಶೇಷ - ಮುಚ್ಚೀರು ಮತ್ತು ಚಾಲ್ತ

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ಗಣನೆಗೆಬಾರದಮತ್ತುನಶಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವಕಾಡುಹಣ್ಣುಗಳಪಟ್ಟಿಗೆಮುಚ್ಚೀರು(ಕಾಡುಕಣಗಿಲು/ಕಲ್ತೇಗ) ಮತ್ತುಚಾಲ್ತ (elephant apple) ಸೇರುತ್ತವೆ. ಮುಚ್ಚೀರು (ಅಥವಾಮುಚ್ಚಿರೆ) ಪಶ್ಚಿಮಘಟ್ಟದಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ. ನನ್ನಪ್ರಕಾರಚಾಲ್ತದಗಿಡಗಳುಕರ್ಣಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿತುಂಬಾಕಡಿಮೆ. ನನಗೆತಿಳಿದಂತೆಮೈಸೂರುರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣಾಶ್ರಮ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲಾಲ್ಭಾಗ್, ಧರ್ಮಸ್ಥಳದವೃಕ್ಷಾಲಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿಚಾಲ್ತದಮರಗಳುಇವೆ.
ಇವೆರಡೂಡಿಲ್ಲೇನಿಯೇಸಿಯೇಕುಟುಂಬದಲ್ಲಿಸೋದರಸಂಬಂಧಿಗಳು. ಈಕುಟುಂಬದಒಂದುಲಕ್ಷಣವೆಂದರೆ, ಹೂವುಫಲಿತುಕಾಯಿಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಂತೆಹೂವಿನಪುಷ್ಪಪಾತ್ರೆ(calyx) ಉದುರಿಹೋಗದೆ, ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟುಮಾಂಸಲವಾಗಿಕಾಯಿಗೆಸಿಪ್ಪೆಯಂತೆಆವರಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತವೆ.


ಈ‌ಕಾರಣದಿಂದಚಾಲ್ತದಬಗ್ಗೆಒಂದುಆಸಕ್ತಿಕರಕಥೆಇದೆ. ಬ್ರೆಜಿಲ್ನರಾಜ, ಪೋರ್ಚಿಗೀಸ್ರಾಜನೊಬ್ಬನಿಗೆಚಾಲ್ತದಹಣ್ಣುಗಳನ್ನುಕಳಿಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟನಂತೆ. ಒಡೆದುನೋಡಿದರೆಪೋರ್ಚಿಗೀಸರಿಗೆಆಶ್ಚರ್ಯ – ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದುಹಣ್ಣಿನೊಳಗೆಒಂದೊಂದುನಾಣ್ಯ!. ಬ್ರೆಜಿಲ್ನರಾಜಜಾಣ್ಮೆಯಿಂದಹೂವುಅರಳಿದಾಗಲೇಇರಿಸಿದ್ದನಾಣ್ಯಗಳುಹಣ್ಣಾಗುವಾಗಪಕಳೆಗಳಿಂದಸುತ್ತುವರೆದುಹಣ್ಣಿನೊಳಗೆಸೇರಿಹೋಗಿದ್ದವು. ಇದುನಿಜವೋಸುಳ್ಳೊ, ಎನ್ನುವುದುಪಕ್ಕಕ್ಕಿರಲಿ; ಹಣ್ಣಿನರಚನಾವಿಶೇಷವನ್ನುತಿಳಿಸಿಹೇಳುವುದಂತೂದಿಟ.

ನಾವುಗಳುಮುಚ್ಚೀರುಹಣ್ಣನ್ನುಅಷ್ಟಾಗಿಖಾದ್ಯವಸ್ತುವೆಂದುಲೆಕ್ಕಕ್ಕೆತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಿಲ್ಲ. ಮಂಗಗಳುಧಾರಾಳವಾಗಿತಿನ್ನುತ್ತವೆ.

ಕಾಡುಬಸಳೆಯ ಫಾಮಿಲಿ ಪ್ಲಾನಿಂಗ್

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ಮನುಷ್ಯನೆಂಬಒಂದುವಿಶಿಷ್ಟಜಾತಿಯನ್ನುಬಿಟ್ಟರೆಭೂಮಿಯಇತರೆಲ್ಲಜೀವರಾಶಿಯಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ‘ಫಾಮಿಲಿಪ್ಲಾನಿಂಗ್’ ಎನ್ನುವಶಬ್ದದಅರ್ಥಒಂದೇ – ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾದಷ್ಟುಹೆಚ್ಚುಮಕ್ಕಳನ್ನುಹೆರುವುದು!. ಹುಟ್ಟಿದಮಕ್ಕಳಲ್ಲಿಬದುಕಿದವುಸಂತತಿಬೆಳೆಸಿದರೆಅಲ್ಲಿಯವರೆಗೆತಲುಪದವುಇತರೆಜಾತಿಗಳಿಗೆಆಹಾರ. ತಿನ್ನುವುದುಮತ್ತುತಿನಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದರನಡುವಿನಕಣ್ಣಾಮುಚ್ಚಾಲೆಒಂದುನಿರಂತರಆಟ. ಈ‌ ಆಟದಮೇಲುಗೈಗಾಗಿಸಸ್ಯಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳುಮಾಡುವತಂತ್ರಗಾರಿಕೆಲೆಕ್ಕವಿಲ್ಲದಷ್ಟು. ಕೆದಕಿದಷ್ಟುಕೌತುಕಮಯ.
ದಪ್ಪಗಿನನೀರುತುಂಬಿದಎಲೆಗಳ (succulent) ಕಾಡುಬಸಳೆನಮಗೆಚಿರಪರಿಚಿತವಷ್ಟೆ. ನಾನುಒಂದಾರುತಿಂಗಳಹಿಂದೆ, ಆಜಾತಿಯಅಲಂಕಾರಿಕಪ್ರಬೇಧವೊಂದರಎರಡುಗಿಡಗಳನ್ನುಎರಡುಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕಕುಂಡಗಳಲ್ಲಿಹಾಕಿ, ಒಂದುಕುಂಡವನ್ನುರಣಬಿಸಿಲಿನತಾರಸಿಯಲ್ಲಿಯೂ, ಇನ್ನೊಂದನ್ನುತಂಪುಜಾಗದಲ್ಲಿಯೂಇಟ್ಟೆ. ಬಿಸಿಲಿನಲ್ಲಿಟ್ಟಕುಂಡಕ್ಕೆಒಂದುಹನಿನೀರೂಹಾಕಲಿಲ್ಲ, ತಂಪಿನಲ್ಲಿಟ್ಟದ್ದಕ್ಕೆದಿನಕ್ಕೊಮ್ಮೆನೀರು. ಒಂದುಎಲೆಯನ್ನುಹಿಂಡಿದರೆನಾಲ್ಕುಚಮಚೆನೀರುಒಸರುವಕಾಡುಬಸಳೆಗಿಡಉರಿಬಿಸಿಲಿನಲ್ಲಿಬದುಕಿಉಳಿಯುವುದೇಒಂದುವಿಸ್ಮಯ. ಬಿಸಿಲಿನಲ್ಲಿರುವಗಿಡದಎಲೆಗಳುನೀರುನಷ್ಟವಾಗದಂತೆತಡೆಯಲುಒಳಮುಖವಾಗಿಸುರುಳಿಯಾದವು. ಪತ್ರಹರಿತ್ತುಕಡಿಮೆಯಾಗಿಎಲೆಕೆಂಬಣ್ಣಕ್ಕೆತಿರುಗಿದವು. ಸಹಜವಾಗಿಒಂದುಕೈಯಗಲಬರಬೇಕಾದಎಲೆಗಳುಅದರಅರ್ಧಕ್ಕೂಬರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಇದೊಂದುಉದ್ದೇಶಪೂರ್ವಕಮಿತವ್ಯಯ. ಹೇಗಾದರೂಮಳೆಗಾಲದವರೆಗೆದಿನದೂಡಿದರೆಮತ್ತೆಸೊಕ್ಕಿಬೆಳೆದೇನೆಂಬಹಟ. ತಂಪಿನಲ್…

Superlative of the bananas - ensete superbum

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Ensete superbum is a magnificent wild banana with large showy leaves and a much reduced stem, when compared to normal cultivated species. This plant is one of the many ‘stony banana’ varieties which fruit bananas packed with seeds, and unsuitable for direct eating but important due to their medicinal values (and of-course for ecological completeness).



Ensete superbum belongs to family Musaceae, to which the normal edible bananas belong, but Genus Ensete which is different from the Genus of edible bananas – Musa. Musella is the other genus containing only 2 species which also do not produce edible bananas.
Ensete plants contain only 1 pseudo stem and do not produce suckers. Ensete is monocarpous, meaning to say it produces a single bunch of flower in the life time and dies after bearing fruits. Reproduction is only through seeds. Unlike the normal bananas Ensete plants are extremely drought resistant making them sustain on rocky mountains hence called ‘rock banana’ in indian languages. I…

Wonder plants - Tolypanthus, an eye-catching parasite

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This strikingly different looking flower is that of a parasite native to south Western India. It is found in a hilly stony terrain at Kaje.

Kaje Vrukshalaya - Story behind the name

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It has been my long time wish to have a unique name and logo to our farm. Giving a name does not change the farm, but it changes my perception of my farm.  If it means so much, i.e. ‘the perception’ of the farm itself, then the name and the logo should really mean something holistic, the entirety of the farm, not any reductive part of it. Such a name and a representative figure should also give an opportunity for the unknown, unexplored meaning of the farm.


Dairy farm stories : Trouble in the cowshed

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ಇದೇ ಲೇಖನವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಿ 

‘Expecting’ at the cowshed
Having a pregnant cow due for delivery at the barn (barn is the true English word for cowshed), is almost like having a lady due for delivery at home. The members and workers of the farm should behave differently almost since the conception of the cow. I am generally curious to try out new wild fodder varieties for our cows. But this is too risky with a conceived cow. Any mistake can lead to miscarriage Fodder with rough sandy texture like bamboo leaves, a few Fig varieties (ex:ಪಾಜೇವು) are a strict No No.
With the delivery date nearing, any untimely noise, call or movement at the cowshed could hint the possibility of delivery having begun or sometimes completed. Though cows are much too advanced(!) and can manage the delivery themselves, sometimes they may need help. All that looks the same every time for every delivery, but it’s new every time as well.
When I was just engaged, we had a twin birth at cowshed, both being female. It w…