A village that thrived on handloom, Cooch Behar’s Baburhat now has only one handloom mill

Four decades ago, Baburhat had over 4,000 handlooms and all villagers were engaged in weaving traditional costumes. Now its last handloom mill is struggling to keep the weavers engaged, as orders are cancelled and there is no sale due to the COVID19 lockdown.

Purnima Sah

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Will cycles make a comeback in the post-COVID19 world?

Until the sixties, a cycle was the preferred ride of the lower-middle class. It was an essential part of a household and was used for covering small distances. In the post-COVID19 world, it may become a reality.

Shivkumar Vivek

Despite the lockdown, rural women in Lucknow, UP process mango pulp into various products

The Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, which trained these women in extraction and processing of mango pulp, is helping selling their products, and link them to traders via mobile apps.

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Maize farmers struggle to secure a fair price; the Centre decides to import maize at a lower rate

A notification allowing poultry and starch mills to import 50 lakh quintals maize at an import duty of 15 per cent has been issued. However, the regular import duty on maize is 60 per cent.

Mithilesh Dhar Dubey

Under construction hydro project in Uttarakhand dumping debris into the Yamuna, allege villagers

The dump sites of the under construction Vyasi Hydro Electric Project in Hathiyari of Dehradun releasing debris into the Yamuna River. Over Rs 40 lakh spent on geo jute works provide no relief.

Bhim Singh Rawat
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When in Lucknow, let Malai Makkhan melt in your mouth

It’s white, soft, sweet & fluffy … it simply melts in your mouth! Malai Makkhan is a dessert that truly has a nawabi touch. It is believed that the Mughals used to polish this delicacy off in minutes. Head to Old Lucknow to have the best malai makkhan

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Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some lip-smacking Biryani

Meticulously measured ingredients and a practiced technique makes the perfect biryani. The evolution of biryani spans many centuries, many cultures, many ingredients and many cooking styles. Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some yummy biryani

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They are hot & spicy … fancy some yummy kachoris?

A hole in the wall shop in Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, just 60 kms from state capital Lucknow, has been selling finger-licking kachoris for years now. Head to the shop — fondly known as Tandon jee kachori wala — for some yummy kachoris

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Songs of the battlefield and bravery are pride of Bundelkhand

The pride of Bundelkhand, these are songs of the battlefield, songs of bravery from a bygone era. Sung in Veer rasa, Aalha songs are sung by sword-wielding men and women in very powerful voices

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Close your eyes … sway to the tunes of Ravanahatta

If you are in Rajasthan, chances are that you will find many folk artists playing this instrument, commonly known as the Ravanhatha. There are not many artists who play the instrument now, but its melodious tune will attract you to the folk artists instantly

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This is how women in Bihar welcome their husbands home

Jhumar is a folk-dance form from Bihar. It is said women express their joy and happiness through Jhumar when their husbands, who have been away from them, return home after a long time

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