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GALLERY: Playing the field

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India is a green country. While its cities have been under scrutiny for record air pollution levels of late, for many millennia India has been a primarily agricultural land. Even though agriculture now contributes a declining share of national income, it still employs about 50% of the workforce.

The changing of seasons, a phenomenon that dictated the patterns of agriculture and therefore lives, has long been a favourite with poets and writers, who have waxed lyrical about India’s bumper greens – forested or cropped. Artists have depicted them since dried leaves gave way to canvas and paper. More recently, photographers have given agritourism a new lease of life by capturing their stunning vistas. Mainstream cinema rightly zoned into the enormous visual potential of picturesque fields.

So where do you see these legendary fields. All over actually. Stepping away from Indian urbanscapes is often an escape today, for Indians and visitors. India’s fields are changing, with new crops and modern technology coming in. Rice is the most commonly grown crop, mainly in south and east India, and the young paddy in the fields are simply a shade of green even the brightest tints made by man would not equal. Crops of other food crops, such as wheat are billowy when they ripen. Fields of mustard are of course legendary for their golden hues. Cotton fields in full bloom could make you mistake them for snow cups. Coconut fronds in clumps can make the sea breeze even more enchanting. Mango and banana and apple and orange orchards are different, but each with a charm that have drawn many over centuries. Cropped and manicured tea plantations have few sights to match them, while coffee plantations alternate coffee and peppercorn bushes with silver oaks and betelnut trees. Vineyards may actually be less charming than their end product but rising horticulture is beginning to rival tulip fields of Netherlands. Have you played hide and seek among the sugarcane plants yet? Whatever your choices, do venture out to the fields get an alternate view of India.

IN PIX: INDIA’S GREENS 

  • Bollywood may have made mustard fields the staple romantic song backdrop, they can justifiably stunning up close. Here, in northwest Madhya Pradesh
    Bollywood may have made mustard fields the staple romantic song backdrop, they can justifiably stunning up close. Here, in northwest Madhya Pradesh

 

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