The ground realities
The following conversation occurred during the ongoing trip to Mangalore with an elderly man(AEM).
Me: Yes, yes I work in Bangalore itself for an electronic company.
Him: So you are an engineer?
Me: Yes indeed!
Him: Hmm.. Do you know whether rice grows above the ground or below it?
Me(slightly taken aback): Why of course above the ground!?
Him (after a chuckle) : Good, good , at least you know where it grows. Eegina kalada hudugarige ,bari unnalikke gottu , adare akki elliyinda baruthade emba tiluvalike illa. Kelidare, akki gonicheela-dalli barthade endu helutthare ( Nowadays , you youngsters know very well to eat, but have no clue where the rice you eat comes from. All you know is that it is in gunny bags and that’s where you think it comes from)
Me(chuckling now ) : Yes, sadly it has come to that.
Him: Did you know that whatever rice we(he was referring to the) produce is not even sufficient for us! I am having to buy it for my own family this year! All the youth are now in the city, who will grow the food you eat if all of us it in front of the computer.
Him(after some contemplation): By coding , if you people can make rice fall from the sky, then your engineering education is worth it 😉
Me(now having ,no other job that chuckling): <chuckle<<chuckle>
Him: We say no to give water to Tamil Nadu, but those people atleast are growing rice. In the end they are ready to give us the rice if we pay. Now I can’t state on-record to release the water to Tamil Nadu, but that is the fact! Atleast someone there is growing the food we eat, but the waters of Kaveri are now murkier with the politics they are playing. Bari politics aiythu!
Although topsy-turvy, he brought out two points well I thought. Firstly, we are going to suffer in the agricultural side big time. And that day will come soon. Secondly, the Kaveri issue has been so politicized no one knows the realities anymore.
What do you think??