@shergill, Vishaal, Deepesh
I wish it was 50 rupees! ha ha. The compost was being sold for around 35 bucks a packet, which was around 1.5 kg i think, at one time. In 2008 i got half a kg of Eisenia fetida for Rs 500, most of which was not worms but compost. I think around 150 worms, mostly small. The seller was Arushi Honey owner, and reaching him in Jamia Nagar was an ordeal. Another 'kacchi colony'...
By then i had researched for months online, and spoken to a guy in Assam who offered me the same for a cool Rs 2000. Bugger thought that was 'reasonable'... So when i found them, i knew I had had enough. This guy's address is easily googled, but luckily, after Syed Ali agreed to help, and gave worms to Vijendra on my urging, we have had a good culture going without going back to Mr Jamia Nagar, who I understand, talks a great deal and insists on talking your ear off on the phone and in person before he suspiciously agrees to sell worms instead of the compost. Maybe a fear of competing vermicompost-makers? ha ha.
Later i forced another friend, a rather enterprising Sardar, Harmeet Singh, of Rajinder Nagar to talk to his acquaintance in IARI, at PUSA. That govt agency is supposed to sell worms to common people for Rs 1 a worm but they are govt employess and offer excuses instead of worms mostly. But Harmeet is one helluva sticky customer, and managed to get me a few again. This was before Syed Ali's pitching in.
Poor me got another rat raid (*wish i could find a tight lid for my plastic tub!), so Vijjy must take charge as THE compost worm person for Delhi/NCR.. He had better! Grr... For a long time his Papa Apistogramma cacatoides liked nothing better. And what babies he made..
Deepesh, you should do that ASAP! The manure it makes is rich. You need just a handful for a potted plant. And it is very eco-friendly, allows you to earn good Karma too, my friend. Life and Death are like light and shade, let what dies give what lives more life..
Even your discarded kitchen waste can do that. Not just fish, but potted plants.