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A Tour of the Farmhouse in Ujire, India

Here’s a quick tour of the farmhouse I’m staying at in Ujire, India. It’s relatively remote, about ten miles from town and about two miles from the main road.

The area where the farmhouse is situated is called Malajoti, a name given to it long before the current owner came into possession of it.

The mountains you see are part of the Western Ghats, which is “one of the world’s ten ‘Hottest biodiversity hotspots’ and has over 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species and 179 amphibian species”.

I’ll work on making another video of the areas around the farm, which are really worth seeing!

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    • John is also staying at the Farmhouse. He’s doing some work with SELCO and needed a place to stay for a few weeks. We’ve got lots of similar interests, so we get along pretty well. He’s headed to Sri Lanka and then Turkey in two weeks before going back home to NYC.

  1. Nice place. Been there done that on the bucket baths, but the bucket was the size of a garbage can with a scoop.

    What’s the little building on the other side of the garden?

    Careful on opening your cashews. If I remember correctly, Mai’s uncles hands are stained from opening them up.

    Thanks for the tour.

    • Yeah, the bucket baths are actually really easy for me. I guess it’s because I’m so used to showering in the ice cold streams whenever I went camping for a few days back home. :)

      The little building is just a storage shed.

      I haven’t opened any cashews. John (my temporary roommate) told me a story about a friend who opened one and had a really bad allergic reaction to the black stuff inside. I’ll probably still open one just out of curiosity, but I’m gonna be careful!

      I have another video coming up at some point where I show me sucking the juices out of the cashew fruit just after it fell from a tree and almost hit me. :)

  2. Raam,

    I love the videos, it’s incredible to see some of the stuff that you’re seeing! I’m interested in the laundry bit. I did have a question, do you drink the water from the tap, or do you have another source of hydration?

    • Thanks Neal!

      About the water: I’ve been drinking from the tap up at the farm, because the water is coming straight from the mountains, in a protected area. The water is really clean (even tastes like bottled water!).

      Elsewhere, at restaurants and even small food places on the street, they usually have filtered water. I guess bacteria is such a big problem here in general that all the places that serve food (at least all the one’s I’ve seen) have water filtration systems. I’ve been here three weeks now and I haven’t purchased a single bottle of water.

      It would really suck if I had to buy bottled water — the heat causes so much sweat and water loss that I’ve been drinking 4+ liters of water per day and I’m STILL not fully hydrated!

      I’ll do a video of me doing laundry at some point. :)

      • Right after I submitted my comment, I thought, “ooo I should’ve asked him about the temperature!” So I take it that it’s really hot?

        Sweet! I can’t wait to see your mad laundry skills!

        • It’s definitely hot! It’s been in the mid-90s every single day, with very high humidity. Every day you could swear on the gods that it was gonna rain, but it never happens (the monsoon season starts end of May). The nights are definitely cooler, and sometimes breezy, but still hot (low 80′s).

          I love the heat though, so I’m lovin’ it! :D

  3. def loving the videos they are interesting.. keep them coming.. and you never helped with laundry when we were kids.. i love to see you do it the hard way.. hahahaah:) keep the videos coming.. :).. im gona show grandma on easter.. you know how she worries.. :)

    • Hey, I was never ASKED to help with laundry when we were kids! :P

      Thanks for showing Grandma! I think Aunt Janice has been helping her see my stuff too.

  4. Hi Raam,
    Nice to see you in our village. well i am from Ujire we too have a farm house about 5 kilometers from ujire town. i just happened to see your video now (i know its more than a year now). i am currently in dubai for my work. but if you have any planns to come to india that too ujire in coming months, let me know,, if you will be interested in doing jungle visit :-) be our guest.