There’s a reason why we love the New York Times.
Actually, there are several reasons why anyone should love and read the NYT.
Apart from being the classiest newspaper around, the NYT also comes out with some of the most unexpected stories.
For instance, today’s NYT has a piece on the severe shortage of coconut pluckers in the South Indian state of Kerala.
Now, who’d have thought the NYT would find coconut pluckers in Pettah (a suburb of Thiruvananthapuram) interesting!
The job of a coconut plucker is dangerous and the pluckers sometimes die or, worse for a poor man, get seriously injured like 65-year-old B.Mohan recently did after a steep fall.
And, horror of horrors, the poor coconut plucker damaged his spine in the fall and now lies waiting to die.
Here’s an excerpt from the NYT story:
As he approaches his first tree of the day, S. Mohan presses his calloused palms together and bows his head.
â€œOh God, I am climbing the coconut tree,â€ he whispers. â€œProtect me from harm.â€
With no safety gear beyond a strap of palm frond tied around his ankles, he launches himself onto the treeâ€™s arcing trunk, which rises dozens of feet into the air. With a swift series of spider-like maneuvers, he is at the top of the tree within seconds, slicing the nuts from their stems with a heavy blade he carries tucked into his loincloth.