In April 2013 when I saw Rajan Parrikar‘s post ‘In the Cashew Orchard‘ I was blown away by the simplicity of the subject and yet how vivid and enthralling the post was. As I am also a fellow Goan, I had decided then that one day I will also re-create a similar post. At long last, after seven years I got my chance.
Recently we happened to visit a cashew orchard in Marna, Siolim Goa. We had a great time in the forest. We saw cashews in different stages of ripening, saw the bhatti, the distillation station with it’s huge haanne, huge copper pots. We also saw an ant hill which is a typical site in these forested parts. Here are some of the moments from that visit.
Meanwhile, in the other corner of the orchard, a different drama was unfolding. My son made a new friend, Poomba, the pet dog of the orchard worker.