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Reflections on the romance and poetry of rice

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 12 2009   /  01:51 pm

I am standing on the edge of the rice fields. When my work schedule gets too tough and starts eating into my power reserves, I drag myself away from the computer and venture into a sea of green to help clear my mind and revive my spirits. The jewel-like perfection of the majestic rice fields of Bali is about as close to that vision of paradise as you'll get. Rice is the world's most vital food crop, essential for more than half the world's population. It is the grain that has shaped the history, culture, eating habits and economy of billions of people of Asia. In many parts of Asia, the passage of time and seasons are still marked by the growth stages of the rice crop. Rice is not just a cereal; it is the powerful seed of civilization. There's something about rice. Beyond the dazzling picture-perfect fields that float across the island, rice embodies the heart of Bali. It is ...