Cruising on NH-8 towards Shekhawati on one sunny January morning, we passed by fields of golden bouquets of mustard flowers, waving their heads merrily in welcome. Ofcourse we stopped to hop into the fields and pose and preen.
Aiming to reach our destination in five hours (homestay manager had estimated 3-4 hours drive), we made unscheduled stops to suit our fancy. Our next stop was this:
The track ran parallel to the road for quite a distance and was quite a unique feeling and sight for us – don’t ask me why!
Then a signboard caught our fancy as we zoomed past it. Both of us looked at each other to see if we had read it right. Even then, we just reversed to see it again.
Emu????? In Haryana?????
Maybe its something else and the gaonwallas don’t know any better, we reasoned to each other.
We just had to get down to check it out and believe me when I say this was a jaw dropping moment for us. There was a large pen with some 10-12 birds and yes they were Emus!!! We met the gentleman who owned the farm and he was not only happy but proud to show us around.
So it seemed Emu farming is a big thing in India and there is a Pune based company that helps you set up the farm and later buys the eggs back from you. It’s quite a rage, he stated and he was quite convinced to take it up as farming hadn’t been very productive over the years.
“Its easier to take care and reap returns from the Emu as opposed to from the crops which are too dependent on the unpredictable weather gods.”
We couldn’t make out what the eggs are used for, as the man didn’t know either. He also couldn’t explain what “Traning” they give to the Emu (as mentioned in their signboard). So we just walked around the cage, clicking these magnificent birds that stared out at us with sad doleful eyes.
As we continued our journey, these signboards became pretty commonplace and we realised it’s really caught on as a business in the tiny villages of India which seemed to be teeming with the bird entrepreneurs.
On my part, I never thought I would see these exotic down-under natives, nestling in little known farms in the Haryana hinterland.
“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher –
So what is he strangest and unexpected sight you have encountered on your travels, especially road trips? Would love to hear about your travel moments?
- Haryana is an Indian state which is primarily agricultural in nature.
- It borders Rajasthan on one hand and Delhi on the other. It has an excellent network of railway and roadways.
- Nearest airport is New Delhi
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