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tumbapoo - scientific name (Leucas.aspera)

It has been more than a year since I have posted anything on this blog. Lot of comments and mails remain unanswered and abandoned. Apologies for all the above. I was going through rough time. I had to stop all my activities and start working for an Agro processing unit in Ooty. Then I met with a major accident from which I have recovered quite well as of now. I…

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Traditional Knowledge on Identifying the Perfect Cow

Bull arching backbone while excreting

Cattle breeding, as a science, was well accepted by our ancestors. They had evolved a checklist of traits to look for in bulls and cows when selecting for breeding. Below is a short checklist I prepared from my experience. Although, I must caution that despite all your best efforts, luck and imperceptible issues in cows could derail your best laid plans. Besides, the pool of cows to select from has…

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Chandran Vaidyar Kerala’s one of last few remaining Traditional Ayurvedic Vaidyar

Medicine left for curing in mud vessel

When I moved to Kerala I had only a vague idea about Ayurvedic medicine and its ways of treatment. It was Valsan Kolleri, a craftsman by trade, who led me to an ayurvedic shop in the sleepy town of Pattiam. Valsan was looking for an arishtam that would ease digestion as well as cleanse bowel. “Try this triphala. I made it.”, the clarity of that utterance is still clear in…

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Can (Gomutra) Indian Holy Cow’s urine Really Cure Cancer? will it really Benefit my Health?

Western Breed and Indian Cow Urine Comparison

Urine, be it of any living being, consists of waste products. Cow’s urine as well. The major constituents of cow’s urine are water, urea and minerals. Urea, the chemical from which the word urine is derived, is toxic when in human blood. Drinking urine is safe since urea is not immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. However, precautions such as collecting urine in a sterile container and consuming within 2 minutes…

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A Tribute to Gopalattan Traditional Blacksmith

Traditional Blacksmith Gopalattan in his Workshop

Meet Gopalattan. He is the head of a traditional blacksmith family. He is 85 years old and still going strong. Even today after a hard days work he needs a bottle of Toddy. Very few among his community still practice it the old way. Many have gone hi-tech. Once upon a time entire communities – especially farmers – were dependent on blacksmiths and few other craftsmen. Without good tools any…

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