Forced into farming after husbands death, she brought relief to drought-hit Cauvery Delta

Farming is not something that came naturally to 65-year-old S Ranganayaki. Widowed at the age of 45, with three children to take care of, and 23 acres (9.3 hectares) of cultivable land along the Cauvery delta region, she had no choice but to take up farming.

Now, with Tamil Nadu in the midst of a drought said to be the worst in decades, she is wondering whether she made the right decision.

Ironically, it was Ranganayakis efforts around a decade ago that brought water to over 1,400 acres of land, spanning 13 villages and benefiting dozens of farmers.