Sunday, March 1, 2009

Lunch at a banana plantation

On Sunday, after the "safari," we drove to Vijayakumar's banana plantation in Sakalavara Village outside of Bangalore. His wife, Vijayalakshmi, and daughter, Rukmini, were also there. He's the president of the Rotary Club of Bangalore, the same club as my host, J K. We ate a traditional lunch served on a banana leaf with our hands, no utensils, in true south Indian style. After lunch, we toured Vijayalakshmi's 21 acre "farm" to see their banana trees, cardomon, pepper plants, rice patties, coconut trees, various vegetables and jack fruit trees. (See strange fruit hanging from tree >> "Jack fruit")


  1. Let me comment on your pictures. Jack fruit: people either love it or hate it. Eating on a banana leaf with your hands: Very tradtional and old school. The only time that is done now is either during weddings or special events. Although, it does make for easy cleanup and the plates are bio-degradable. Regarding Mr. Vijaykumar: Not only does he have a handsome family, I see a man of distinction (carrying a Mont Blanc in his pocket).

  2. This sounds like a very special day and lunch experience! Thank you for sharing that.