Vizhinjam (Thiruvananthapuram): A man who loves literature and agriculture alike continues winning honours for his passion. Kottukal Payattuvila native Gracious Benjamin is 57 years old but has not taken a break in his busy life dedicated for reading, writing and farming.
Though Gracious passed SSLC, he could not continue education. But he was a voracious reader and later he started writing books. Gracious has written and published 240 books so far in different genres such as history, science, agriculture, general knowledge and the like. He has won about 25 honours including that of Karshaka Bharathi.
A wide variety of crops such as jackfruit, pepper, vegetables, banana and pineapple are cultivated in Gracious’ farm. Apart from this, he also grows cows, country chicken, black chicken and goose. There are different types of fish growing in the ponds. In addition to farming, Gracious also make value added products from the farm produce.
Ginger chutney, virgin coconut oil and pineapple jam are some of the items he makes and sells in Thiruvananthapuram. He manages all the household expenses and education expense of his daughters from this income. Gracious has full support from his wife Kala and daughters Anupama and Anuja.