“They cost me a lakh each. I tried my best to look after them, take care of them, and protect them. But a few years back, someone stole 3 of my buffaloes. It was a massive shock and loss for me, both emotionally and financially.
I was born here. Every morning of my childhood, I’ve woken up to the sounds of the cows and buffaloes in my house and grew up playing with them. Not just me, even my ancestors can be traced to this place. For the last 80 years my family has been in the dairy business. My father had a tough time managing the farm and we faced losses. So, when I took over, I made sure I didn’t repeat his mistakes. Slowly, but steadily, our business showed progress again. But the dairy business is not easy!
We draw water, feed them bread crumbs, hay, and some of the best quality cattle food. We are not employees. We incur both the profit and the loss. So I look at it from an unprejudiced perspective.
Today, however, due to my weak knees, milking the buffaloes has become a laborious task. My sons do that for me now. Our days are extremely busy, we can’t afford to rest even for an hour but giving up was never an option. Buffaloes need constant supervision and care, like a toddler. We are often restricted to the house and can’t travel too far or too long as they must be fed every 3 hours.
Our livelihood is solely dependent on these buffaloes. It is only natural to be grateful for them and treat them well. It’s the only way we can thank them for all that they give us.”
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