Pickles and chutney in Paharapurwa, Madhya Pradesh
When Bhargava, now 56, moved out of Delhi to buy a parcel of land near Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, his family wondered if he was making a mistake. It was a drought prone area. A horticulturist, however, gave him a list of trees that would thrive there. Today, over 2,000 amla trees dot the 400-acre, rain-fed farm. “During a good season, each tree will yield about 250 kg. In 2019, I was told to sell the excess fruit. But I was offered ₹4 per kilogram during winter, and got ₹4,000 for a quintal!” he recalls.