As I know very little about the cultivation of rice, I did a bit of research. What I found is that I know even less about it than before! Apparently, there are many methods of cultivation and many conditions required to produce it in. What I witnessed while on a hike in south India is one of the most primitive methods around; there is no machinery. Bare hands are the tools. Each grain of rice is a separate plant. As you can see, it is back-breaking work.
All around are emerald-green fields in a checker board pattern.
The men plow the fields with the help of cattle whose presence attracts the egrets
Rice is the staple of south India. The locals consume huge mountains of rice. It definitely got me to stop and wonder. The ways of old persist and so does our hankering for a satisfying bowl of rice.