point Return

The pointReturn Story

The following YouTube video uses a series of GoogleEarth images of the pointReturn site to tell the restoration story. The earliest image is from 2001- a good five years before I bought the land to begin my adventure of turning it productive. It shows a land used for brick-kilns and as a vehicular thoroughfare between…

Areas earmarked for Agriculture

pointReturn’s 17 acres are divided into 10 fields, named F1 to F10. Of these F9 and F10 are earmarked for agriculture. As of date F9 has been readied for food production and some food growing has been going on since 2010. Picture here has been made using Google Earth images. F9 has been divided into…

Pongamia: a mid-course check

I first met Sreenivas Ghatty in 2003 in Bangalore. We were at a conference on tree based biodiesel. I actually sat in the section reserved for journalists, on the strength of stories I had been publishing in GoodNewsIndia. I had met Prof Udipi Shrinivasa two years earlier and visited his seminal work at Kagganahalli where…

A cottage for residents

Between mid-Jan and Jun, 2011 we built a cottage with two suites for volunteers who completed an year and thus became pointReturn Residents. Each suite was designed to have a living and bedroom but not toilet or kitchen. The Final Score Usable space: 360 sft Total cost:Rs.98280 Wages to locals:50% Industrial goods:35% Recycled goods:15% —…

The Grand Spirits of India

If you care to look beyond the million gods you encounter in India, you would find a sturdy belief system that would be worthy of some fundamentalism. A ministry awaits a messiah who has the energy to found a new fanatical religious order based on it; and I would happily join it. For about a…

Out of ’10 and into ’11

On new year morning, I started work at 6 am to complete yet another swale. After warming up the excavator engine I quickly got into a steady rhythm, enjoying the nip in the air and the drift of mist across the far casuarina grove. In a few minutes I became aware of being watched. And…

What moves pointReturn

Sunil is a young well-wisher of pointReturn, who works in the USA and has been following this project from its inception. He often mentions our work in his blog. He has been intrigued somewhat. In September, 2010 he posted some questions for us to answer in order to understand what it was all about. Questions…

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