Malnad

Malnad

A coffee planter's journal from Malnad, the coffee corridor of India, where I'm an absentee coffee planter, visiting when I can …
Nov
04
Peacock Proliferation, Elephants, Butterflies, and Coffee

Peacock Proliferation, Elephants, Butterflies, and Coffee

The peafowl has proliferated, the number of snakes has diminished, the toads are flourishing — all because the foxes have disappeared.
3 min read
Oct
04
The Mandala Snake

The Mandala Snake

"Why this particular fear of the mandala"? I asked him. "The cobra is poisonous, and they're here in greater numbers. You never mention a cobra sighting."
1 min read
Aug
30
The Truths About Corona Are Fake And That Is The Truth

The Truths About Corona Are Fake And That Is The Truth

"We've hardly any corona," they said. "A fellow goes to the hospital with a fever. They throw him in a ward. They send him home in a few days. It's a scam."
3 min read
Jun
07
Locked Down Plantation, Elephants, Sandalwood Smugglers

Locked Down Plantation, Elephants, Sandalwood Smugglers

It's a blue-topped bright-green world now during June, and more avians than ever in the twelve years I've known the place have flown into the plantation.
4 min read
Mar
10
Malnad Diary: March

Malnad Diary: March

The birds kept up their pitiable cries for over a half-hour. I cannot say what was up with them. Did they sight a cat? Was one in their numbers cuckolded?
2 min read
May
27
A Vegan Prayer Ceremony for Chowdy This Year

A Vegan Prayer Ceremony for Chowdy This Year

When he brought his machete crashing down, slicing the banana and the vibhuti, and cracking the coconut, there wasn't in this year's poojé the yellow of yolk or the goo of egg-white.
3 min read
Jul
02
Sound And Silence In Coffee Country

Sound And Silence In Coffee Country

After sundown the plantation is handed in full to the night, for it to perform its miracles and mysteries with it.
3 min read
Jun
19
Death by the Trunk of an Elephant

Death by the Trunk of an Elephant

Such a death everybody had been anticipating — somebody would go like this, somebody other than them. Everybody was proved right, all but a 40-year-old, owner of the plantation next to ours on our east.
3 min read
Aug
15
An Indian Ruminates on Independence Day

An Indian Ruminates on Independence Day

Though some of us speak of lost values and vanished principles, none will risk disruption of this opiate prosperous state of being.
4 min read
Jul
26
Kadumane Estate — A Giant Theater

Kadumane Estate — A Giant Theater

I take a last look at the glowing mist that has filled the trees and capped the hills. It is as though a cold white heat has rimmed this world, this enormous bowl ringed by hills.
4 min read