This retired teacher’s love for farming remains strong even at the age of 92
Kozhikode: At the age of 92, Chidambaran Nair master has been continuing his love and fight with the soil. “Agriculture is the base of everything. Nobody should forget this fact,” said this elderly farmer expressing solidarity with the farmers’ protest.
Chidambaran Nair, a native of Chathamangalam who served as a teacher for 27 years, planted over 350 coconut trees. He never left even an inch of his 5-acre land and 2-acre paddy field barren. The retired teacher will get upset if he can’t work on the land and sense the smell of the soil.
While serving as a teacher, he used to go to school after working on his farm until 9 am. During holidays, he took the banana to the market for sale and purchased ash for using as manure on his farm.
During that period, Chithambaran Nair did not purchase any items from the market except salt. Interestingly, he made clothes for personal use by using the spinning wheel. Banana, elephant yam and tapioca grown in his courtyard prove his effort even at the age of 92.
“My children used to restrict me from farming. But I’m not ready to step back from my work. Apart from farming, he engages in clearing the thickets, tilling the land and so on.
His wife Kathyayani, who tied the knot with him at 16, has been supporting him as a strong pillar for his passion.
Chidambaran Nair follows a healthy lifestyle along with farming. He is a pure vegetarian. He sleeps around 8.30 pm every day. At 6 am, he heads to his farm for the works which became a part of his life. He doesn’t have regular labourers or assistants to help him in the farming works.
This 92-year-old farmer is a Gandhian too. He never tried any bad habit in his life. Earlier, he used to chew betel leaves. But he has stopped it completely. Though playing a great part in promoting agriculture, Chithambaran Nair is not ready to accept any awards. Interestingly, this elderly farmer has never been hospitalised in his life. Apart from a minor hearing problem, he doesn’t have other health issues.
“I am a great fan of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. I have to listen to the radio and read Mathrubhui daily and weekly regularly. I don’t like travelling. Though I visit the nearest temple of Lord Rama occasionally, I’m not a strong believer,” said Chithambaran Nair.
He is the son of late Thrivikraman Namboodiri and Themanamma. Chidambaran Nair and wife Karthyayani have four children - K Mohandas, K Radhakrishnan, Komalavally and Usha.