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Delayed Monsoons and Adhik Masa — What's the Relation?

Delayed Monsoons and Adhik Masa — What's the Relation?

How many of you know that during Adhik Masa, it doesn't rain and our ancestors knew how to make a scientific calendar that keeps in mind both the solar + lunar movements so farmers don't have to suffer.

Today, people think it's Aug/Sep/Oct so it's got to rain. Well, no. It depends on many factors, but in a tropical country like India tidal forces (aside from heat) play a big part which Gregorian Calendar ignores altogether which results in delayed monsoons that, well, aren't actually delayed. No wonder farmers want to sue IMD.

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Should Real Honey Crystallize or Not? Yes. Now Let Us Tell You Why

Should Real Honey Crystallize or Not? Yes. Now Let Us Tell You Why

The two principal sugars in honey are fructose (fruit sugar) and glucose (grape sugar). The content of Fructose and Glucose in honey varies from one type of honey to the other. Generally, the fructose ranges from 30-44% and glucose from 25-40%. The balance of these two major sugars causes the crystallization of honey, and the relative percentage of each determines whether it crystallizes rapidly or slowly
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Is the Milk You're Drinking Pure? Like 100% Pure?

Is the Milk You're Drinking Pure? Like 100% Pure?

Water is an adulterant in milk which is often always added to increase the volume of milk which in turn decreases the nutritive value of milk. What's more, contaminated water poses a serious health risk, especially to infants and elders.

The presence of water can be detected by putting a drop of milk on a polished slanting surface. The drop of pure milk flows slowly leaving a white trail behind it, whereas milk adulterated with water will flow immediately without leaving a mark.

 

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The Immigrant's Song

The Immigrant's Song

Let us not speak of those days
when coffee beans filled the morning
with hope, when our mothers' headscarves
hung like white flags on washing lines.
Let us not speak of the long arms of sky
that used to cradle us at dusk.
And the baobabs—let us not trace
the shape of their leaves in our dreams,
or yearn for the noise of those nameless birds
that sang and died in the church's eaves.
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Farmers' Market ft. Farmers (Duh!)

Farmers' Market ft. Farmers (Duh!)

A conversation is more about listening than talking — it's a dialog between two or more entities, unfiltered. 

How many times you have heard a Farmers' Market happening nearby and not finding a single farmer on sight? Not to sound pedantic or show irritation towards anything f-a-n-c-y done by Kombucha-sipping-connoisseurs, but we've been observing this from the periphery, and it felt like a right moment to raise the bar. 

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Green Revolution: Was It?

Green Revolution: Was It?

Instead of encouraging farmers to use centuries-old knowledge and take up organic farming while solving deep-rooted issues like logistics (nearly 40% of all fresh food produced in India perishes before it can get to customers) and unequal land distribution (5% of the farmers own 32% of the land), government relied on a cheap technological trick.
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