An honest day’s work.
Until a generation ago, Goans enjoyed some of the finest produce in the world, all of it locally grown. That situation, unfortunately, has been cured. Fertile paddy fields have now become targets of builders and their politician friends. As a result, farming activity in Goa has been decimated rendering Goans dependent on neighboring states for their grain and greens, most of it inferior in quality and taste to Goa‘s indigenous variety.
Historically, the community of Gaude has been associated with farming in Goa. These are tough, industrious folk and they continue to soldier on despite the bleak future.
During the monsoon months I often stop by to observe these toiling men and women of our fields, and catch some of their rhythm. This is a small selection from earlier this year.