For the love of ‘mitti’, this son of soil takes up organic cudgels

Hyderabad: A portrait of Mahatma Gandhi with a word of advice — Be the change that you want to see in the world — is neatly placed in one of the shelves, the smiling face of the ‘Father of Nation’ hiding behind awards and citations. A few works of rural art from Odisha gaily adorn walls. Some thematic paintings by the Australian Aborigines, a few figurines, small art objects, handcrafted jewellery made out of rice husk, a tiny bundle of organically harvested paddy enclosed in wooden frames capturing the rhythm of rural life. Aesthetics pervade the room, something uncommon in the office space of an agriculture scientist.