The Idyll maker of Timbaktu

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.

read the rest of the story in The New Indian Express…

 

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