To make a different identity in the whole world, it is not necessary that you must be very educated or God has made you something different. Even with a different mindset, you can stand out in the crowd. All that is needed is that potter-like spirit, which by giving shape to even a simple clay, changes its identity and importance. You all will like mango food. But the person we are going to talk about today has made a special identity in the whole world due to this mango.
Their name is Haji Kalimullah Khan. Kalimullah is a resident of Malihabad near Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. Kalimulla, 80, is a mango grower and cultivates mangoes in his plantation spread over 5 acres. You would know that Malihabad is famous all over the world for its Dussehri mango. And Kalimulla is a very famous producer of this famous Dussehri mango. He is so famous that people know him as “Mango Man”.
Kalimulla’s father was a mango grower and from his childhood, Kalimulla had closely watched the cultivation of mangoes. Kalimullah could not study much and he studied only till 7th standard. Kalimulla did not have much interest in studies, he used to like only among the mango trees. Soon he too got engaged in mango cultivation with his father. Kalimullah Khan was involved in mango horticulture since 1957. He learned about the grafting (pen method) technique and used to do different experiments in it.
Soon Kalimullah started producing mangoes of different breeds by the pen method. Apart from being attractive to look at, these mangoes were also more delicious to eat. The process of discovering their new breeds continued like this and on seeing them, they produced dozens of varieties of mangoes. There is a tree in Kalimulla’s nursery that is very unique and extraordinary. Kalimulla has bred more than 300 varieties of mangoes in a single tree by tying the cuttings. This is a world record.
Kalimullah Khan’s way of naming his mango breeds is also unique. They name their mangoes after some famous and famous personalities. They have named their mangoes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sania Mirza, Sachin Tendulkar and former President APJ Abdul Kalam. Kalimullah has been awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for this special skill and has also received the title of Garden Pandit by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
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