किसानी की व्यथा कथा

एक २००८ विडियो क्लिप यहाँ लिंक कर रहा हूँ। फ़ेसबुक पर था । कुछ दिन पहले अचानक मिल गया। यह विडियो उस समय का है जब मैं गाँव अक्सर हर दो तीन महीने में एक बार हो आता था। सोचा था रिटायर होकर वहीं रहूंगा। पर ऐसा हुआ नहीं। कुछ मित्रों का भी कहना थाContinue reading “किसानी की व्यथा कथा”

चिंता, आशा, ममता और मैं

A couple of days ago, my dear friend and former colleague, Dr SC Malhotra, sent me a whatsapp message forwarding a video clip. He has done many audio stories for Vrikshamandir which can be accessed here. Dr Malhotra is a prolific commentator on blogs that are posted on Vrikshamandir. His text message forwarding the videoContinue reading “चिंता, आशा, ममता और मैं”

Million stars under my feet

  There has been rather a long gap in posting blogs on Vrikshamandir. The monotony was broken as Nagar sent this blog. While forwarding this Nagar wrote, “Shailu, I guess this is, as of now the last write up that I have. I seem to have lost the rhythm to write more. It seems you too haveContinue reading Million stars under my feet

JB and his Vrikshamandir

Saw this on WhatsApp and was reminded of my father. The first one from his village to go out for higher education, to attend college and university, to work for the government, to travel abroad, etc etc. He specialised in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management because he felt that such knowledge would of immense valueContinue reading “JB and his Vrikshamandir”

कहानी – मेरी, आपकी 🤝हमारी

शायद पहली लाइन पढ़ते ही आप को ऐसा लगे जैसे इस क़िस्से के नायक आप स्वयं हैं ! बचपन में स्कूल के दिनों में क्लास के दौरान शिक्षक द्वारा पेन माँगते ही हम बच्चों के बीच राकेट गति से गिरते पड़ते सबसे पहले उनकी टेबल तक पहुँच कर पेन देने की अघोषित प्रतियोगिता होती थी।Continue reading “कहानी – मेरी, आपकी 🤝हमारी”

Moving Fingers still write; Christmas 2019 (Revised March, 2022)

Reproducing a slightly edited version of a blog I wrote in December 2019. Vrikshamandir first appeared online in November 2019. That was a time when I was going through a rough patch. I was healthy, yet there was something amiss. Vrikshamandir was an idea and with the help of friends and former colleagues, I wasContinue reading “Moving Fingers still write; Christmas 2019 (Revised March, 2022)”


This is a photograph clicked by Meera Singh my granddaughter. She took this photo was taken on 9 January 2021. The credit for ensuring that the book “Utterly Butterly Milkman” is published on time for release at the 100th birth anniversary of Dr Verghese Kurien goes to Nirmala Kurien. Some of us “ancient former NDDBContinue reading “LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP”

Vrikshamandir is your tonic !

I have not been active on Vrikshamandir for some time. I have not been keeping well. It all started in mid November. One thing led to another. I sent a letter to some friends about my current health condition and also shared a link to a story which I read yesterday and liked most. IContinue reading “Vrikshamandir is your tonic !”

One winter morning in Anand

The year 1991. I was still nine years away from leaving the National Dairy Development Board. I had always thought that God willing I will retire and live in Anand till I breathe my last and be taken to Kailash Bhoomi for cremation. I had my former colleagues and friends in the great City, theContinue reading “One winter morning in Anand”

क ख ग घ

क से कबूतर, क से कमल, क से किताब बात उस जमाने की है जब मुझे केवल बोलना आता था । पढ़ना लिखना नहीं। ज़ाहिर है उम्र तब बहुत कम थी । अब यह सब बताने की क्या ज़रूरत ? जीवन के संध्याकाल में जब अक्सर यादें भी याद आ कर भूलने लगती हों तबContinue reading “क ख ग घ”


Rajesh Nair started teaching at IRMA in 1999 and I left NDDB in 2000. We never met. Thanks to Facebook we connected. I have great pleasure in posting, with his permission, three reminiscences that he wrote about Dr V Kurien. 26 November 2020 The board room of IRMA’s ETDC was cram-full that morning. Two managementContinue reading “Kurienomania”