Q4: For Sriram: In one of your blog posts, you had said more Indians should become farmers. Do you believe bullocks and organic farming can meet our food needs? I can understand organic fertilisers being preferred; can we do without machines?
A; Sriram: We are not anti-technology. We trust Gandhi’s views on technology. It is possible to be productive to feed the world using simple technology and natural farming. The way you put it, this productivity is super-critical as a very few are growing for the rest. This is an imbalance which is why I said that more people should be in farming.
Q5: For Karpagam, Sriram and DV: To live a public spirited life, how much saved money do you think is adequate?
A: Sriram: Public spirited is a unreal concept. We will all be self-minded first and last. We are neither “podunala-vadhi” nor “suyanala-vatdhi” we are just “vadhis” [activists]. We want to live a life that is not very exploitative towards nature and that will necessarily be frugal and so we will consume fewer resources so that more is available for others as well. The key point is understanding our role with careful identification of our responsibilities and our rights.
Q6: For DV: What are your plans after pointReturn? Do you regret you have not been able to undertake fro lack of time?
A: DV: I look forward to steady withdrawal and total detachment from pR and
hope to see it function as a promising, sustained, sustaining centre.
I hope it silently conveys all I havd tried to, through my stories in gni,
as to what amounts to good work in life.
and, contradicting myself, I hope to travel again and write.
Q7: For Karpagam and Sriram: I get ‘job-satisfaction’ on about 5 or 10 days in 365. Rest of the time I want to chuck it all away. How were your days in your careers. Were you fed up too? Was that what made you quit? Or were there other reasons?
A: Sriram: We had “salary satisfaction” not job satisfaction. More than job dissatisfaction we had a problem with the very purpose of these corporates in the world. So we thought hard on why we are earning this salary and then realised that it’s more fun to live a contented life the way we want it without working for some shareholders.
Q8: For Karpagam: Did you follow Sriram, as Sita followed Ram to the woods, maybe gritting her teeth? ON a scale of 1 – 100, how committed are you to the cause? Do you have plans of your own after you are done with pointReturn?
A: Karpagam:I have also wanted to move away from the city. We had this common interest before we met and then we agreed on the move even before we got married. We moved to pointReturn 2 years after we married. So yes I am also committed independently to this life not because of Sriram. But I may not have been able to do it had I not met Sriram.