Just got back from my land and I feel wilted!

I wish I could show you the breathtaking views, of the mountains that I drive through to get to my land.  The beauty just makes you glad to be alive…  Its like being up in the clouds and then as you drive down into the valley via the steep, narrow, mud track with sharp corners and a few potholes, you see the river “snaking” its way through the landscape. This landscape is like a tapestry untouched by time when you see the sheep herders, or men with donkeys carting some glorious offering from nature..

Once I get out of the car the tranquility usually hits me like a punch. It seems to knock out the “nervous, agitated vibe” and replaces it with a stillness. Everything slows down and you just end up staring all around you in wonder…

I love the silence there.. just birds, the sound of the river and the breeze.

After taking it all in, I usually go and pay “homage” to the natural pool and just sit on the rocks watching the water fall over several levels of height of well-rounded weather-beaten rocks which give something of a zen garden impression…

Then slowly I build myself up to start working!

It was soo hot there today I feel wilted. I need to shower before I go to bed as I am covered in pollen, dust and  sweat but feel  too exhausted to move. The day was spent picking oranges, pecan nuts, avocados and then we cleared up a path to the other side of my land. There were 3 of us working clearing up grass, fennel plants and other weeds that were just so thick that you could not move forward… But I was determined today to do the job as I wanted to get to my old Nispero (lugaadh) tree.. Greedy guts wanted to taste its fruit before the birds finish this year´s crop 🙂

I am glad to tell you I was not disappointed. We finally stood underneath the tree having razed down brambles, a bamboo like tall grass etc over a distance of  approx 200 metres covered in bits of bush, weeds, dust  enjoying its shade and sweeeeeeeeeet  juicy fruit. Yes I over ate and bought loads back too. Half of it has already gone to a friend´s home and I guess we will enjoy the rest of the Nisperos tomorrow. 🙂

I have another 2 articles I want to share regarding 1984… They too help to form a more complete picture regarding this event which is and has been close to my heart.. But like many, I am ashamed to say that I  have done nothing to help these people or the memory of my grandfather who was one such Punjabi Sikh farmer who toiled in the heat and cold of Punjab year after year and who was rewarded for helping to form the granary of India by being treated very unjustly! Just like the thousands of other Sikh farmers as described in the video clips…

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