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All parts of the coconut palm are useful, and the trees have a comparatively high yield (up to 75 fruits per year); it therefore has significant economic value. Uses of the various parts of the palm include:
�	The white, fleshy part o...

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And its still working

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Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, the noted thinker, social reformer and agriculturist of Pune appealed to the British Government to set institutions for agricultural education and research in India. This led to the opening of a branch for teaching agricultu...

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The menu for our wedding Anniversary. The Appam was an instant hit.
Recipie for Appam  
2 cups rice 
1�¼ cups rice, cooked
�½ tsp dry yeast 
1�½ cups coconut, grated
2 tbsp sugar 
2�½ tsp salt 

Wash rice in water several times...

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The Kirkee War Cemetry at Pune (formerly Poona), India.
The Memorial commemorates nearly two thousand soldiers who served and died in India during the 1914-1918 War, who are buried in many civil and cantonment cemeteries in India and Pakistan wher...

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Here is a boy who makes his living by ironing clothes in the neighbourhood.
He makes his trip every Sunday, parks his cart in the shade, collects the cloths from all and returns it ironed in the evening, for a nominal fee.
No electricity, no steam...

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Rubber tapping in process.
You can see a drop of the liquid falling into the "cheratta" (coconut shell) which will be collected from all the trees and mixed with a chemical to thicken it.
The blue pastic sheet is a covering to pr...

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Do's:
Wash the area to be decorated with a good soap (one with a mud base) and water. 
Mehendi should be kept for 2-3 hours till it is fully dry. 
Scrape off the dry Mehendi and do not wash it with water for atleast 24 hours, to ensure maximu...

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Each night a rubber tapper removes a thin layer of bark along a downward half spiral on the tree trunk.  If done carefully and with skill, this tapping panel will yield latex for up to 5 years.  Then the opposite side will be tapped allowing this ...

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Amrutulya, a Tea outlet usually found in Maharashtra (western part of India)
Dry ginger and cardamom gives this tea a special flavour.
Here the young are seen having their breakfast of Kandha Pohe (beaten rice) and Shira, one of the favourites of ...

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Finally the sadhya (lunch served on Bananna leaf) There are about 13 types of curries (all vegetarian) with rice. It winds up with Payasam (sweet dish) You can have Ada Payasam or Paripu Payasam. I had both. 
As for the bannana leaf, its  bio degr...

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The small yellow variety, is the best and the sweetest among the Bananas in Kerala.
They go well with Puttu (Steamed Rice cake with a sprinkle of grated coconut)

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A traditional Keralite Fish curry prepared in coconut milk can be had with bread or Appam.
Its prepared in an earthen container (chatty) which preserves the taste.

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The team of Stark World along with Mohanlal the actor, at the unveiling ceremony.
Right now the book will be available at all the Crossword stores and at the Airports.

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This year's Anniversary menu.
Fish curry in the earthen pot, with Chicken curry, Avial (a mixture of  vegetables) and Sambhar.

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Targole (the local Marathi name)  grows on palms, and are probably related to coconuts. They have peelable skin and thick, edible pulp (something inbetween patla malai and hard khopra, in terms of coconut meat). The pulp surrounds a very little bi...

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Took my camera and went out to get some shots on Gudi Padva (New Year for some)
Saw this elderly couple. He is blind and she is leading him accepting whatever is offered to them, in cash or kind. 
Padva for them is like any other day.

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This was taken 30 years ago when we put up an entertainment programme  (for Ganapati festival) with the only available sources that we had . . . . . . . . . . . and it was a hit.
The ââ?¬Å?Bandââ?¬Â that you see behind is nothing but...

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Kids having their bit of fun at a party (one day prior to the wedding)

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