A small village in Uttarakhand is setting a big example by reviving traditional water sources

Many youngsters, who were working in different parts of the country, have returned to the state due to the lockdown. They have taken up the responsibility of reviving the traditional freshwater sources and springs in the region. What’s more, they are pooling their own money to do so

Bhim Singh Rawat

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Women – Chhattisgarh’s silent Corona Warriors

From making masks and PPE kits to being frontline health workers, Bank Sakhis, Aanganwadi workers, police officers, women have taken charge on many fronts in the Aspirational Districts of Chhattisgarh

Neeraja Kudrimoti

Promoting the use of menstrual cups will be a huge step towards protecting the environment

Sanitary pads are 90% plastic. Their decomposition takes 500-800 years. On the other hand, a woman can use one menstrual cup for 10 years. They are made of silicon, and hence are safe for disposal

Neetu Singh

The lockdown has exposed the hidden layers of the lives of Madhubani painting artists

Their earnings were never consistent. Once the lockdown ends, they won’t immediately start getting orders as people would prefer to save and not buy expensive Madhubani paintings

Avinash Karna

These World Cup football contenders from Jharkhand are struggling to get two meals a day

India’s Under-17 team played in Turkey and Bhutan this year. After attending a camp in Goa, they came back home in March, before the lockdown. For these girls, these two months have been about survival

Anand Dutta
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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