With the upcoming Independence Day, it becomes even more crucial to spread positive news about my part of the world
My trip to the Indian state of Kerala in 2019 is close to my heart. It was a much-needed vacation amidst tight schedules and an almost burnout from work.
Our trip ended with us being on houseboats in Alappuzha, where we had booked the boat ride early in the morning to catch the incredible sunrise over the backwaters. And wow, what a sunrise it was!
The one factor that surprised me the most? Farming lands below the sea levels! Our boat driver slowly explained various parts of the ecosystem and how they usually pull out saltwater during particular seasons to do farming.
Watching a whole ecosystem based on saltwater and backwaters was so enticing!
You could see different sizes and types of boats packed up like buses along the backwaters and men rowing around everywhere throughout the trip. Women were washing clothes in the backwaters, and children were running or swimming around. Everywhere you could see typical Indian households going on with their day-to-day lives.
After coming back from the trip, I had completely forgotten about it. About the awe I had felt for the unique ecosystem, about how I had never seen anything like that before.
But two months back, I came across an article that spoke about Kuttanad Below Sea Level Farming (KBSLF), and I got transported back to my trip. Never had I realized the importance the ecosystem was playing or how it was saving so many families. I had no idea.
Then and there, I knew that I had to spread the word around as much as possible. And with Indian Independence day coming up on August 15, I had to write it.