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21 / Oct / 2009
Gone with the Wind
Winnowing, Coorg Photograph: Shivu K Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

Gone with the Wind

How does one tell the men from the boys? The good from the bad? The villains from the heroes? Simple! A Coorg paddy farmer would tell you to just get them all together, and give them a good thrashing (or ‘threshing’ as the politically correct term goes). This will cause the straw to stalk off, leaving behind the golden grain. But since there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing even among the threshed grain, we need a special method to outwit them. Steeped in antiquity, the act of Winnowing is how the paddy farmers of the world have always separated the grain from the chaff. By throwing up the granular evidence to the skies, and letting the wind gods be judge, jury, and executioner. This process of allowing the wind to blow away the lighter chaff is an art that has evolved to its current level of simplicity over millennia, and has been a part of the warp and weft of the Coorg landscape. But, not for long. It goes against the grain for the romantics amongst us to admit, but the winds of change are already sweeping across the hills, and with technological advances in winnowing, we don’t know how long the manual process will be around. We’d like to think it’d be forever, but signs are that pastoral scenes like we see in the photo above will soon be gone. With the wind!

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Tarun Jacob says:

    Fantastic narration. Every article I read of Lifescapes, makes me want to read another….

  2. Krupa says:

    Namasthe Shivanna!
    It’s wonderful!!
    My house is quite close to Orange County Resort, Coorg.
    Make it a point to come once with Hema.


  3. venkatakrishna.kk says:


  4. S. Devanand says:

    Wonderful pic. And great copy that tosses so many interesting facts our way, in a humorous, conversational style. Keep it up, folks!

  5. Darius Udwadia says:

    Thank you for your beautiful message.
    We are hoping to visit orange county once again this time with our children and grand children.

  6. Jagadish.B. Machimanda says:


  7. Santhosh C Rao says:

    Sir, very nice photo. I am proud to say that you are my friend 🙂

  8. Ganesh HR, Orange County, Coorg says:

    Very nice photo shiv sir. No words to express, I love it sir.

  9. Uday Itagi says:

    Wonderful photo with wonderful narration. Hope not only shivu’s photo has gone with the wind to the international reputation but also his name along with his creativity & achievement. Congrats Shivu!

  10. Thresi says:

    Amazing photograph! I had almost forgotten that this was how it was done. Brings back nostalgic memories of my childhood! — Playing in that hay that made the skin itchy… How times have changed.
    Congratulations to this wonderful team doing such a great job!

  11. padma mansukhani says:

    Thank you for this excellent picture. What is that cascade of light? Sunlight through clouds?

    • shivu.k says:

      padma medam,

      thanks for your comment. I trying to took this photograph in natural evening sunlight. no cloud at all. and also light is 45 digree angle to this photograph. almost backlight effect.

  12. Mallikarjuna.D.G. says:

    Wonderful Photography and beautiful write up.

  13. Sameer R Rao says:

    Very nice image

  14. Sunil says:

    Terrific. This is where the rubber meets the road.

  15. Dr.Harinarayan says:

    pictorial-ism at its best.It reminds of Late C.Rajagopals school of photography in Bangalore. Light on the hay dust is amazying. looks like digitally added

    • shivu.k says:

      Dr.Harinarayan sir,

      thanks for your comment. this is one type of great C.Rajgopal style of photograph. He is the legend in pictorial photography.

  16. Ashok Sanjeev says:

    Its Reminds me of Materal Uncle’s Village Home, nice photograph Shivu

  17. Kuldeep says:

    Great photo, Shivu. I have always admired your photos in your blogs

  18. Sushrutha Dodderi says:

    Superb photo shivu.. great. 🙂

  19. smitha trikanad says:

    Hi. The photo is awesome,and so is the story that goes with it!! We don’t get to see such a sight these days.Thanks for sharing.

  20. Gunjan Maskara says:

    Indeed a very moving picture and narration. Makes me pause for a while and reminds me of the hand pump near my grannys house in our village.
    Yes, its nothing that we would call technologically ‘cool’ today, but none the less, it was something that brought the village together.
    Its strange to think that something as insignificant as a handpump did better, what so many social networking websites are trying to do today.

  21. JAYAPRAKASH says:

    This photographer has talent.His efforts are evident in this picture.I wish him goodluck.

  22. Dr. J. Chandrasekhara Rao says:

    simply supurb. good luck

  23. Shamala says:

    Excellent photograph Shivu sir…. Write-up is also good

  24. GuruPrasad says:

    Very Nice Photography by Shivu K,

  25. Lavanya says:

    Hi Team,
    I really enjoy reading these stories and look forward to them! This is a great initiative.

  26. Shivu K says:

    very good write up. I enjoyed this narration…thanks a lot.

  27. Diwakaran Nair says:

    Outstanding picture of a common Indian scene. Wonderful write up that makes me chuckle and feel a little nostalgic, and somehow makes me think of sticky pink candy sellers, steel vessel hawkers, typewriting institutes, oil crushing mills on main roads, and other sights i grew up with, which rarely exist now.

    • Jose Ramapuram, Director - Marketing, Orange County Resorts says:

      Not common any more Mr. Nair. Like Mr. Jagadish.B. Machimanda says below, ‘very difficult to see in Coorg these days’. Typewriting Institutes are a real rarity these days even in villages aren’t they? :). It is good that such scenes are immortalised through photos like this outstanding one from Shivu. Can you imagine the number of such undocumented scenes that are extinct today compared to just a 100 years ago? And 100 years is a very small time frame in the history of mankind.

  28. bhchandru says:

    Shivu, Very interesting activities of the farmers you have taken. Great work.
    With regards,

  29. Dr.B.R.Satyanarayana says:

    Very nice. Shivu I am very happy to see your photograph in this gallery. wish you good luck

  30. Shivaprakash HM says:

    Great Photography.

  31. Roopa says:

    Nice photo and good explanation.

  32. Jagadish.B. Machimanda says:

    nice picture, as I am from coorg now a days very difficult to see above work Keep it up good picture

  33. Sudheer says:

    Great detailing….simply superb…have more…do share it…

  34. ajay dewan says:

    An amazing picture!!!
    10 out of 10 points to you

  35. Subir Roy Choudhury says:

    Well taken.A true essence of our rural life.

  36. Shamiq says:

    Neat pic! Impressive copy.
    Reminds me of Freddy Birdy.
    Keep it up.



  37. Sekar says:

    Superb photo and an even more enjoyable writeup. All your photos and the accompanying stories have been fantastic, and reading the story while seeing the photos adds immense pleasure value, than just the photos alone. Keep up the good work.

  38. neesha says:

    Great Photography, Coorg is one of the best place wherein you can really make up these natural activities.

  39. Sethuraman says:

    Kudos to the Photographer.

    Our next generation will come to know that these kind of agri activities prevailed in our country only through these kind photos.

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