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An engineer from IIT, now a farmer

December 23, 2008

Text: Shobha Warrier

Off-beat is in. The oft beaten track, not so.

One of the most interesting themes at this year's Pan-IIT event was the session on rural transformation. IITians who have chosen an offbeat career hogged the limelight at the event. In this series, we feature some of the IITians who preferred to be different, rather than get into a corporate rat race.

The star at the event was R Madhavan, an alumnus of IIT-Madras. This is Madhavan's success story as a farmer. . .

Passion for agriculture

I had a passion for agriculture even when I was young. I don't know how my love for agriculture started. I only know that I have always been a nature lover.

I used to have a garden even when I was a teenager. So, from a home garden, a kitchen garden, I gradually became a farmer! My mother used to be very happy with the vegetables I grew.

Send can send an email to R Madhavan at

Image: R Madhavan. | Photograph: Sreeram Selvaraj

Also read: Pan-IIT 08: A star-studded affair

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