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  • My father in law is 87 and has lived all his life in a village in South India.
    Listening to him talk about his younger days is like living History. He says
    in the first sixty or sixty five years of his life there were very few changes.
    Life went on as it had for generations. But in the last 15 or 20 there have
    been so many changes that it difficult to understand all that is going on
    around him. There are changes in all aspects of life.
    The people of our community were mainly agriculturists, cultivating paddy,
    areca and vegetables and fruits.They settled in valleys where plenty of
    water was available for their needs. Each small village was usually
    self sufficient. And families were joint families, with work divided among
    the different members.
    He remembers those days when areca nuts from the farms were taken
    to the nearest railway station many miles away. They were transported in
    many bullock carts at night to catch the early morning train.Sometimes
    thieves used to pilfer areca nuts from the sacks piled in the last cart !!
    These areca nuts were transported to the Market in Mangalore Port.
    They were then sent in steamers to Bombay.
    The British rule or the World Wars did not really have a great impact on
    the people of this small village in South India.
    What happened to him and the people around him were not those major
    events that happened in the country and about which we read in books.
    But listening to him we can just imagine the life of the common people
    in those years of the 20th century.

    "History is a novel for which the people is the author". ~Alfred de Vigny
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