The rural life


Living the simple life here's a look at a couple of families who have kicked the bitter luxuries of the city for the sweet rigors of the village life

It's not about spending a happy weekend at a farm but completing a total exodus from the urban jungle and landing up in the middle of a bucolic world. A million questions immediately start darting back and forth when an idea like this one takes birth. Is it worth the effort? What are the odds of a comfortable survival? More importantly how does one kill time on weekends, and how often does one need to come back to the city to replenish resources?

Devika Nadig & Vijay Gupta
Devika and her husband Vijay are like any other average middle-aged couple. What separates them from other couples however is the fact that they have given up living in the city, to move to a village for the last one and a half years. Speaking about it Gupta says, "It wasn't an overnight decision for us to give up the city life and move to Girivan in Hotale Village which is about 40 kms away from Pune."

Planning and execution
"Be a visionary," says Nadig. "One of the most important point about moving away from a city is to be able to plan your way of life in a village. If you are planning to settle down permanently then buy land and construct your own house. One can easily buy about an acre of land for about 20 lakh in villages," she says, adding, "Girivan, where we stay is a small private hill station at Hotale. There is a bigger village at the foothills, called Kolvan, from where we get all the items for our day-to-day needs."

"As far as buying land in the villages go, earlier it wasn't an easy affair for common people to ask banks for the loans. However as of today, it is not hard to obtain the necessary permits," says Nadig. Some of the common problems that one does need to adjust to however are power cuts, the varied flora and fauna, and adjusting to a sudden change of environment, she feels.

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