Bangalore has been my home for 6 years now and it took me this long to come across the indigenous citrus fruit pomelo (chakkotha) which once grew in every garden and was grown abundantly in Bangalore. It was last Saturday that I got the chance to see the pomelo tree and fruit. I was also unaware of the fact that Devanahalli (Devanahalli is a region around 50 kms from city of Bangalore) pomelo (chakkotha) has got the Geographical Indication (GI) status.
Last Saturday we drove through the traffic and pollution of Bangalore to enter into the clean, fresh air of a village. As we left behind the noisy city we were welcomed by the sound of the bells hanging around the neck of the cow, the chirping of the birds, the soothing sound created by the swaying of the trees and the leaves.
A view of the hills at a distant
There was a stretch of grape farm on both the sides of the narrow roads. A hazy view of hills at a distance, open fields with green mulberry leaves, the calf and the cows strolling on the roads, silkworm wheels resting in the shades of houses – I was in Muthur village in Chikballapur district, around 60 km from the city of Bangalore. This is one of the closest place from Bangalore to have a glimpse into the cottage industries, grape farming and sericulture. Also to get a peek into the lifestyle, occupations and cuisine of the villagers. This village has been worked upon to be a model village with using solar light, rainwater harvest etc. Continue reading