Vrikshamandir Audio

Most of my former colleagues  are now very senior citizens. Many of them are not technology savvy. To set up this blog dedicated to audio stories was a technological challenge for me too.

It has taken me three days to finally figure out a way to upload audio files on Vrikshamandir. I decided not to take help from any of my young friends from the IT companies in Gurugram who would have done this in minutes. But at this stage in my life

अब जिनगी में अउर का हैतब कुछ ख़ुराफ़ात तो ज़रूरी है !

What motivated me to do was a conversation and exchange of messages I had with Dr SC Malhotra ( NDDB 1972).  I requested him to contribute stories for Vrikshamandir.

His reply was “Typing is an issue with me Shail Babu”.

I said “Please record your story and share the audio file on WhatsApp. I will type it out.”

He obliged after a couple of reminders.

However, after listening to his recorded story, I decided to upload the audio files as received from him.

His voice is same as before. His story telling style is as usual ग़ज़ब.

Dr Malhotra ki kahani unki hi jabani

डाक्टर मलहोत्रा की कहानी उनकी ही ज़बानी


1- Dr Malhotra describes his job hunt in 1972


2- Dr Malhotra describes his interview for a job at NDDB in 1972. That was his first visit to Anand too!


3- Dr. Malhotra describes his bus yatra from Jagnath Mahadev to Amul and meeting legendary Dr Ashabhai Patel for Medical Examination and visit to TB Hospital for  X ray 


4- Dr Malhotra describes his joyous moment of getting an appointment letter , meeting farmers from Rohtak , having preetibhoj with Rohtak farmers visiting Anand and Shri Tribhuvandasbhai Patel founder Chairman of Amul (whose 26 th Punya Tithi is today 3rd June 2020) and visit with legendary Dr AAChothani to villages in Rohtak


5- Dr Malhotra continues his story. His return to Anand and moving from Pathikashram to Campus. Meeting Mr. VS Kulkarni our Estate Officer cum Hostel Warden those days. Shri Kulkarni made the NDDB campus what it is today. Shri Kulkarni was earlier working with the Aarey Milk Colony.He was the one who made the campus beautiful through his meticulous planning and laying out green lawns, planting trees, creating flowers beds and setting up such high standards of maintenance right from the beginning.


6- Dr Malhotra after having settled in the NDDB hostel shares details of the training ( हिंदी में रगड़ाई) he and other members of the multidisciplinary team of 16 comprising Veterinarians, those having qualifications in Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Technology, received under Dr AA Chothani and Dr HC Gupta others at Amul. He also describes how he was pulled up on one occasion by Dr Gupta for not behaving in a manner befitting an employee of farmers.

 



7- In this episode Dr. Malhotra decides to give a twist to his  story told so far..

Instead he speaks only about Dr. Kurien.

How Dr. Kurien could be like a child while talking to a child and showed leadership of purpose while motivating field staff through his writings.

Dr Kurien wrote in a letter to Dr Chothani .. ……..

Dr Malhotra recalls, ……..”Dr Chothani, Tell your boys they are not there to collect milk. Had I been after collecting milk only I would have  hundred ways to collect milk and send milk to Rohtak or Delhi. Tell them that they are there to build organisations. They are there to replicate Anand. They are there to have confidence of farmers. Milk will flow if not today after five years it will flow. Tell them not to get disheartened…..”


 


8- Dr Malhotra started sharing  the story of his professional life journey  from 1971 when he completed  his Bachelors Degree in Veterinary and Animal Husbandry from Hisaar in Haryana.

He shared how he visited Anand for an interview at NDDB Anand and got selected  not only by the interview panel but was found fit  by  the legendary Visiting Doctor of Amul and NDDB those days,  Ashabhai Patel. After initial training at Amul and then field visits and on the job training under Dr AA Chothani in Rohtak and movement from Pathik Ashram to the “luxurious” environs of the NDDB hostel.

He spoke about  the extraordinary  leadership of Dr. Kurien and how Dr Kurien motivated the field staff.

A journey which began from Haryana now reaches Kerala the Gods own Country via Gujarat. He continues his stories of Dr Kurien in episode 8 as well, his meeting with Dr Kurien… Enjoy Cheers !

 


 

9- After a break of about three weeks, Dr Malhotra has come out with another edition of his audio story.

This time it is titled  “Dholi Jeep” धौली जीप . He shares stories of the  time he spent in Rohtak and Gurgaon as Apprentice Executive  working with different Team Leaders.   ( MK Sinha, Dr Chothani Dr Subnis ( Amul) and others ) and in the absence of a Senior Team Leader  becoming a Team Leader himself.. Lot of learning and becoming street smart ! Being posted  in that area during the emergency time and moving in a White Jeep with Operation Flood written on it  with the logo of  the  “drop” 


people used to get confused and run away lest the Good Doctor does an operation  on them …

10- Once upon a time, before independence of India, Kheda milk strike happened. At the call given by Sardar Patel milk producers of Kheda refused to supply milk to Polson for sale to consumers in Mumbai. The Kheda milk strike in a way gave birth to the idea of cooperative dairying and Amul was born. This happened under the leadership of Shri Morarjibhai and Shri Tribhuvandasbhai.

Come mid 1970’s around emergency time the NDDB spearhead team in Gurgaon / Rohtak of which Dr Malhotra was a member did something that led to a milk strike of another kind. Not the milk producers this time the Dudhiyas  went on strike and there was no milk in the city of Gurgaon which is now called the millennium city!

In episode 10 let us hear from Dr Malhotra about this reverse milk strike when Dudhiyas refused to supply milk in Gurgaon !

He also explains his views of the secret of success of Operation Flood and Bombay style living of SHT members in Gurgaon.


11- In this 11th episode Dr Malhotra shares in his own style some interesting stories of the contrasting lifestyles of NDDB employees like him in mid seventies. While living at the NDDB Hostel Anand employees like him had access to having a room with attached bath and white linen on the bed but when they got posted in the field they had to make do with whatever was available like using the open fields in villages of Mewat region of Gurgaon for answering the nature’s call, walking with holdol on head and suitcase in hand on a dark night with dogs barking behind in search for the house of the village Sarpanch so that they get a place to sleep and also get some food!

 


12- Dr. Malhotra  after a gap of over a month shares 12th episode of his audio stories. This time he talks of school days and some thing called neem garam ( नीम गरम ) . Listen to his new rendering of his school days. We all had school days didn’t we?
His village as described in this audio clip to me appeared to be more like a taluka town or a Kasba. I have not shared this thought with him. What is your view?


 

 


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17 Comments

      1. In Dr. Malhotra’s 4th episode of narration, there is a mention of Dr. Chothani having been to Haryana/ Punjab earlier. Towards the end of 1971 the first Spearhead Team was sent Haryana/ Punjab under the leadership of Dr.MKShah. Most of the members were from Amul. From NDDB Mr ST Ecka and I were included in the Team. Dr. Chothani too was a member from Amul. It was a challenging task for both Mr. Ecka and I, as both of us were not used to rough and tough life of the villages (in Rohtak, Jind,etc) and the tough tasks assigned by Dr. Chothani to us. But we took it as a challenge and got really involved in the Team activities. There was resistance from most villages, as in those days, selling milk was not considered good for a family. But through persistent efforts from the Team the organisational activities got momentum. Unfortunately then the Indo- Pak war broke out and the Team had to withdraw. There were soldiers dying daily from many of those villages and the focus shifted to taking care of those emergent situations. The lessons learnt during that assignment stood in good stead in the subsequent years of NDDB life. For me it was too much of a challenge, as I had to support Mr.Ecka too in his work, as also off work — he was an elderly person not used to harsh life.

      2. Thanks, PT. I knew that some team had gone earlier to us in Rohtak from Amul/ ARDA and had to come back due to war, but was not knowing that Shri Ecka & you were also there. Great. It is a news to me. Good to know that you have tasted the trouble of field work.

        ” दुध बेचा, पूत बेचा ” was really a hurdle in that area of Haryana.

        You could have commented by audio in audio section. That would have given a chance to hear your sweet voice.

        Hope life is beautiful with you. 👍Keep giving you inputs.

        Thanks.
        SCM

  1. Thank you PT let us keep the conversation going … I like a quotation “ History never looks like history when you are living through it”

    You, my friend and other contemporaries of ours lived through a period when our history was being made. History like humankind never stops ..

    Look forward to receiving your write ups. Nagar has sent an article titled “ Five faces I can not forget”. It is a tribute to five of our ex colleagues. I am thinking of enlarging the scope and create a page for remembering those who are not with us.And open it for any one who wishes to write. What is your view?

  2. What a beautiful narration! The younger generation can learn quite a bit from this story – 1600 applicants, 160 shortlisted, 16 to be selected. Competition was very stiff then too. 🙏🙏

    1. Thanks Mr Bhattacharya ji. What is told is truth and nothing else. I was lucky to get a job. My college colleagues had to wait for 1 to 1.5 year after graduation.

      Infact, our intention for this project was that the new generation shall know with what difficulties the organization has been built plus keep ourselves young by remembering past days.

      Thanks again. Keep giving your views.

      Dr. SC Malhotra

  3. Straight forward man Dr SCM. He was with RC Division & I was in CD Group. Love to listen his narration ..But fr people like them, NDDB has name even today.. Humble Pranamams..

    1. Dear Rama Sheshu,
      Namaskaram, Namaskaram.🙏

      How are you ?. Delighted to read you.
      Thanks so much for the kind words. What ever we were able to achieve was with the guidance of Dr Kurien and other seniors and support of colleagues like you. It would have not been possible without these.

      Thanks again,
      Regards,
      SCM

  4. Interestingly listened the story narrated by my favourite Guide in RC group. Proudly remembering that symbol ‘A drop of milk’ was the logo of IDC.

    1. So nice of you to remember, Suresh. It was all possible only due to support and faith of all with whom I had chance to work, fight and enjoy. Keep listening. 🙏

      SCM

  5. Interesting talks Dr. Malhotra! I remember MK Sinha asked me to visit Gurgaon in 1973 as two sites were selected for chilling centres in Nuh and Rewari and I was supposed to approve the selection. So, we met one day at Deputy Commissioners residence and visited and approved these sites as part of Rohtak milk shed. Later on we built the Rewari and Nuh chilling centres. It was a backward area!

    1. Thank you Sirji, 🙏 Namaskar.

      I remember that NDDB built Nuh chilling centre in Mewat area. It was a real backward area…. now very famous due to Tabligis ….. that time no one knew.

      SCM

      1. Folks, now I know as to why the FO team managed to get fantastic project allowance so that they may not take nature’s call and carry holdalls but take care of their health. Incidentally, it is fun to visit fields for nature’s call and use sand or stones or leaves
        Cheers for that generation!

  6. Behla Saab,

    Lovely.
    I am happy that you realised the enjoyment though…….
    Only experienced ones can realise that….. pain or pleasure.

    🙏🙏
    SCM

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