Millet magic: Kodo and Kutki calling in Chhattisgarh

This monsoon, after a gap of 15 years, Gond adivasi farmers across eight villages of Gaurella-Pendra-Marwahi district return to their roots, cultivating local varieties of millets. They had switched to paddy due to government policy promoting it and lack of viable rates for millets.

Deepanwita Gita Niyogi

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Odisha forest fires: Similipal Tiger Reserve continues to burn; Kuldiha sanctuary in flames too

Twelve of the 21 ranges in Odisha’s Similipal Tiger Reserve have been burning for a fortnight now. Despite the forest department saying the fire spots are under control, environmentalists claim otherwise. Meanwhile, the adjoining Kuldiha sanctuary has also caught fire. Why have the number of fires and their duration increased?

Monalisa Patsani

International Women’s Day: ‘Women’s courts’ in UP villages address gender violence

The contribution of women in the rural landscape is hardly ever talked about or gets recognised. On International Women’s Day, Gaon Connection reports stories that showcase women empowerment from India’s villages. In the first part of the series, read about the story of ‘women’s court’ in the villages of Uttar Pradesh.

Neetu Singh

Amid bad harvest, Indian Govt approves import of 400,000 metric tonnes urad dal from Myanmar

Bad harvest back home and political instability in Myanmar made the Indian government approve 400,000 metric tonnes of Urad dal import from its eastern neighbour.

Mithilesh Dhar Dubey

Kashmir to Kanyakumari: Cycle rally to raise awareness about soil testing and soil conservation

A cycle rally has been organised between Jammu and Kanyakumari with an objective to raise awareness about the harms of soil pollution and urge people, mainly farmers for its conservation. The rally is a collaboration between Krishi Tantra and Gaon Connection.

Ashwini Dwivedi
India's Secret Kitchens

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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