“I was in the garden during the solar eclipse. Teatulia was in the path of totality, and the district was full of thousands of visitors. The garden was, however, quiet as ever. Unfortunately, the morning was cloudy, but the rapidity with which darkness descended – the depth of it – and then again its lifting, was truly an astounding experience. During those few minutes, all the birds fell silent, and the bats came out again. And while we could not see it, neighbors reported sightings of Venus!
The garden itself is doing much better, after a very rough start to the season due to drought. We are still behind in the crop target for the year (as are all gardens in Bangladesh, and I believe also in Assam and Darjeeling). But, more importantly, thanks to more normal rain the last couple of months, the plants have stopped suffering. They look healthy. In many divisions I saw a strong flush.
Also, our new COO Shoaib Ahmed has really taken to the organic spirit. He was much enlivened by a visit to Makaibari, where Rajah Banerjee treated us with all the generosity of a Rajah. All the people in the garden are inspired by the COO, and going the extra mile to take good care of the fields and plants even in adverse circumstances. We hope the year will end much better than it started.” - Dr. Kazi Anis Ahmed, Founder & CEO
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