Back in 1989, the area near Chennakothapalli village of Anantapur (the second driest area in India) in Andhra Pradesh was a wasteland.
Till C K Ganguly (Bablu) and Mary Vattamattam chanced upon it in 1991 and saw its immense potential to blossom into a green paradise. The couple, along with friend John D’Souza, then bought 32 acres of this barren land. Inspired by Japanese author Masanobu Fukuoka’s seminal book on natural farming “The One-Straw Revolution”, they began to plant trees regularly and help the land regenerate itself. Along with like-minded friends, they began to nurture a dream of transforming it into a green agro forest. The couple named the land Timbaktu. In Telugu it means Sarihaddu Rekha—the last horizon where the earth meets the sky.