Shimla is a town, hill station and capital of country Himachal Pradesh, India. 1 fruit has changed the life of people of the state of Shimla. Formerly native people were poor and worked in the fields to fed their kids and themselves by harvesting Capsicum, Peas, Potatoes and several other vegetables. But apple brought from America in 1920, grown by Samuel Evans Stokes proved a blessing and brought prosperity for the people of the nation. Earlier people had to wake up early in the morning and keep working all day long to grow crops in the fields. Having done lot of hard work in sun and rain they fed their families. Life was harsh and hard for them as the roads weren’t developed then. No doubt despite of the hardship they were content and happy but money was still needed for daily needs. Living in their wooden built houses without having modern facility like water distribution, gas power – they had to face daily hardships.
The revolution of this red fruit has altered the financial condition of indigenous people and the state. Apples from Shimla are grown in abundance and sold all over the country and abroad. People today earn millions of rupees and have built strong big concrete houses (wooden houses today are being replaced by concrete homes because people gain so much money by selling apples) equipped with professional bat removal and household materials.
It is not easy to have production of succulent apple in prosperity. Apple tree requires particular attention and hard work throughout the year as it requires manure and medicines which are important for the growth of healthy plant. They have to be taken are as parents take care of their children. Good fertile, drained soil and water play an important part for the optimum growth of apple tree.
The area of Shimla and nearby city likes Kotkhai, Jubble, Rohru, Rampur are big producing apple town. They’ve become so prosperous that they have their kids studied in schools of cities where fee for education is quite large. During the apple season women like to buy gold for themselves and daughters, while youth prefer to spend money on the world’s most expensive branded shoes like Adidas, Nike, Woodland etc and on branded clothing from Cities such as Shimla, Delhi and Chandigarh- famous for branded clothing.
After native people employed themselves for work of apples but now they worker to look after apple orchard. Their work is to sprinkle medicine on apple trees and feed manures to shrub’s roots. Apple season starts for May and lasts until September. Even labor earns a whole lot during apple season.
People from other areas of the nation feel proud to get their daughters married in area of Shimla. During festivals and fair, which in cultural part of native people, they like to spend a lot of money earned kind selling apple production, on shopping for union functions, local fairs, function and festivals. Almost each house from the Shimla region has a personal automobile.
Private businesses are less in this area of Shimla. People like to favor Governments jobs. Some of them have begun investing money in buying properties i.e. lands, flats, homes and in Gold.
In Shimla apples are also called red gold.