After her wedding, she started actively participating in agriculture along with taking care of her husband’s children at the early age of 12. My grandfather was a nice man, respected throughout this newly formed community. One of the first settlers there. I don’t know when they consummated the marriage as my grandmother hasn’t reached puberty when she got married. Anyway, they had 10 children together, the youngest being my mother. In the now cleared land, they cultivated pepper, coffee, tea, cardamom, etc, along with Weed, the famous variety called Idukki Gold. I don’t know about the legality of the cultivation or the time period as I got to hear it second hand from my mother’s brothers.
She was married off at the age of 12. Her husband was 25 (I think), was widowed and had 2 children already when they got married. After wedding, she came to her husband’s place. The husband was one of the first people to arrive in their part of the town called “Thekkumkaanam” in the Idukki district of present-day Kerala. He had migrated from Kottayam to there. He cleared the Teak forest and made the land suitable for agriculture.