India through my eyes – carrots in kodaikanal

We were passing through this idyllic village called Mannavannur near Kodaikanal looking for a lake was an agricultural belt and the terrace farms looked inviting..we did not see anyone and then in a green corner, we found four men “cleaning” the carrots they had harvested..the carrots were left lying near a small stream and the men would then do a little dance on them, rubbing them with the soles of their feet ,probably kicking them a bit as well and then packing them into little sacks that were later sold in the market..I did not have a video here are the pictures..

This post is dedicated to Jeevan who reminded me regarding the Kodai post..will be putting up a longer one soon


  1. Vijay 20 October, 2008 at 12:33 Reply

    So fresh, reminds me of eating the plums off the trees in kodai. Refreshing taste and not the stereotyped frozen food. The vivid colors of God’s creations – truly he must have been an artist.

    Reminds me of a scene from Kamal’s Varumaiyin niram sivappu ( red is the color of poverty) – where they fight for an apple that’s fallen into the gutter.


  2. ugich konitari 20 October, 2008 at 17:28 Reply

    We have a word in marathi , “halwa” , which besides meaning the popular sweet dish , is also a verb that says “keep moving it” or “move it”.
    Your first 2 pictures of the orange expanse, , had the sweet halwa coming to mind, and the 3rd had these men doing, what else, “halwa-ing” the carrots……

    (And I am not surprised at the washing methods. Who knows how leafy vegetables and other things are actually washed before being trucked to the big cities…..and dont they do such a thing in wineries as well ?)

  3. Jeevan 21 October, 2008 at 11:47 Reply

    That’s a quite village I have heard but wasn’t visited in kodai, must do in my next trip. Pretty carrot, must be taste nice, u had it? Thanks for dedicating this post of my fav place πŸ™‚

  4. Merisi 29 October, 2008 at 13:03 Reply

    In Europe, people drink wine made from grapes that people have stomped on with their bare feet, so why not carrot that have been washed in a clear stream? I wouldn’t mind at all, what a wonderful way to clean them, btw, without wasteful machinery! Wonderful post.

  5. Lakshmi 1 November, 2008 at 16:52 Reply

    Vishesh – wow, land here πŸ™‚
    if u did buy, pls invite me..what a place

    Indrani – Yes, its called juice on your feet πŸ™‚

    Veens – Yes, quite sweet ..we were quite hungry too

    Mridula – Kodai is full of them..small stalls, shops selling bright orange carrots

    Cuckoo – Love to see those pics..pls post

    Ropi – they do look different in diferent states here as well

    Ravi – I wont be surprised if other veggies are cleaned the same way

    SS – in a short while..been too lazy to do a long post πŸ™‚

    Vijay – Nice movie, but a bit pessimistic..I love the plums too

    UK – Lovely comment..I learnt something new today

    Ajeya – Fruits and vegetables with lovely colours do tempt me

    Jeevan – glad to liked the visit sometime ..u will like the place

    Vagabond – They posed for me willingly πŸ™‚

    Ceedy – lol ..didnt spot any rabbits

    Celine – u are quite an expert on nutrition πŸ™‚

    Wendy – πŸ™‚ I must come to u for a diet chart

    Srivalli- thanks for the comment and the offer..will chk it out ..

    Anil – Every journey shows us something new ..I saw a bit of agrarian life here

    Mitr – Yes, Kodai is full of them

    Anu – U bet, but we washed them again before eating

    Greatescapes – Well, Im sure the men think they are cleaning the mud off the carrots πŸ™‚

    Merisi – Agree with u..but its safer to wash just once with water before u eat them

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