“There are many blacksmiths in Madhya Pradesh and everyone travels to different parts of the country. We got here about a year ago and we’ll leave after Shivarathri (end of February)” “How do you plan your travel?” “Here we plan from the time Ragi (finger millet) is ready for harvest till the end of Shivarathri.” “That’d be October to March?” “We don’t know the English calendar, we travel according to the seasons and to the festivals and that’s how we know what tools are used when.” Shivam, blacksmith, Madhya Pradesh currently working in Magadi, Karnataka.
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