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The journey from the city to the farm! Today I speak to Venkat Iyer, the author of an amazing new book called Moong Over Microchips. This book is about his extraordinary 14-year journey from quitting his highly paid job at IBM to take up organic farming without any experience. In this podcast we talk about why he quit, the first 6 months dealing with corruption, tough clients and growing his first crop. We also talk about the reality of farming in India, we also talk discovering fresh air, organic food, excel spreadsheets & snakes to getting up at 5.30 AM and finally we talk about this being made into a movie and which famous Bollywood actor would play him - Please enjoy the show.

In this conversation we also talk about:

  • Selling Moung aka mung beans (Green Gram)
  • Unable to sleep
  • Dealing with the silence and the darkness
  • Depression
  • Russels Viper Snake
  • Excel spreadsheets!
  • Not knowing anything about farming
  • Getting ripped off the first time
  • The 4 C’s and 2 P’s of success
  • Living with nature
  • Losing entire crops
  • How being project manager helped!
  • Great book reviews
  • Taking risks
  • Someone interested in buying the movie rights
  • Difficulties of the farmers with smaller holdings
  • Realities of living on a rural farm in India (kids not interested!)

link to the book


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