In praise of Buddha Garden’s bhindi

PROJECT: The award-winning photograph

by Amit Roy

A PICTURE of the humble bhin­di – lady’s finger – has won sec­ond prize in a prestigious sci­ence photography competition.  

It was taken in Buddha Gar­den in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, in south India, and shows two lots of bhindi. The image illustrates how the vegetable is longer and healthier when grown using a smart automated system that combines “a highly localised weather forecast with local know-how of irrigation needs and soil conditions”.  

The photograph, credited to “Lucy Bryden/Heriot-Watt Uni­versity” and taken by Vimal Bhojraj, won second prize in the “People and Skills” category of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s annual photography competi­tion for 2018.  

Buddha Garden comprises 10.9 acres and Vivek Mishra, one of the staff, tells me why it is so special: “It’s our duty to engage as many people as pos­sible to make them understand about organic farming – any­one who is ready to learn about Mother Nature.  

“For the last several years, Buddha Garden has done many in-farm research projects. If a farm values growth in all forms, it helps with a much deeper understanding of plants, soil and life around farming.”  

With spring (hopefully) not too far away, more Eastern Eye readers should perhaps give gardening a go.