I was in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, for my Christmas break. When I went there last summer, there had been no rain for many months, and a dustbowl faced me from Agra to Shivpuri, with disconsolate men and cattle wandering about in search of water and anything green to eat. This time I found oilseeds everywhere, thanks to the late monsoon rain, which had allowed quick sowing. Yellow fields of mustard dotted the pleasing landscape. A bumper oilseed harvest across the dry lands of Rajasthan, Bundelkhand and Gwalior-Shivpuri appears to be on the way.