Born in 1966, Venkateshwaran (Venkat) Iyer is a science graduate and acertified project management professional. He last worked with IBM in Mumbai asa project manager for software implementation. After seventeen years in the ITindustry, he quit in 2003 to live on his organic farm in Peth village in Dahanutaluk, Palghar district, Maharashtra. This is his first book.
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Venkat Iyer was living a fast-paced life in the IT world in Mumbai when he decided to stop and take a long, hard look at where he was headed. Disheartened by his stressful existence in the city, he decided to give it all up and take up organic farming in a small village near Mumbai. But it wasn't easy. With no experience in agriculture, his journey was fraught with uncertainty. He soon went from negotiating tough clients, strict deadlines and traffic to looking forward to his first bumper crop of moong. As he battled erratic weather conditions and stubborn farm animals, he discovered a world with fresh air and organic food, one where he could lead a more wholesome existence. At times hilarious, and other times profound, this book follows his extraordinary story.Iyer's story is insightful and reflective and shows how personal resolve can answer the question of responsibility that comes with change.At times hilarious, and other times profound, Moong over Microchips follows Venkat's extraordinary story of being disheartened by his stressful existence in the city and his decision to give it all up and take up organic farming.Many of us dream of living on a farm someday. A small house overlooking a pond, land where you grow your own food, no traffic jams and no deadlines to meet. While most just dwell on it, techie-turned-farmer, Venkat Iyer, made it happen.It is, however, much more than an account of his personal journey--the memoir brings readers up close and personal with the lives that farmers lead, and the problems they face every day.Venkat Iyer's Moong Over Microchips is essential reading for all those weary urban Indians who have contemplated chucking it all up to live off the land . . . Highly recommended.