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Deepa Krishnan
entrepreneur. educator. social worker.
entrepreneur. educator. social worker.

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The Taj Mahal from a boat
Serene photo by Gaurav from our team.

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Waiting for Rajnikanth
- by Deepa Krishnan Today I am waiting for a guy named Rajnikanth to come home. No woman ever waited for a man so much :) He was supposed to come yesterday but did not. I have been trying to entice him to my house for 2 years now. Who is Rajnikanth? He is a...

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Black Pav Bhaji: Thankful Tastebuds (and Skeptical Stomach)
- by Aishwarya Pramod Yesterday, I tried black pav bhaji at Maruti Pav Bhaji in Vile Parle. It was recommended by my friend Pooja, a long time Parle resident. I trust her judgment on food. (We have bonded over college canteen sev puris and Gurukripa samosas...

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Traditional granaries for storage of rice
When you travel in rural Bengal, you will come across traditional rice granaries. After the harvest, rice is stored in these structures. The granaries are of different sizes, but typically they stand between 10-20 feet tall from base to roof. They are built...

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Like all Palakkad Iyers, I love kanatha vadam. But whenever I think of it, it's always with a twinge of guilt. Not because kanatha vadam is unhealthy. Rather, it is because the dish takes a humongous effort to make, but almost no time to finish off. All that work for only a moment of deliciousness? So self-indulgent. :P

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We've all heard stories about exploitative middlemen in Indian agriculture. They're charged with shortchanging farmers, and causing high food prices for end consumers.

I wanted to figure out how agricultural produce makes its way to our local bazaars. Who is in charge of ensuring that the farmer gets a fair deal?

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I got a glimpse of rural Bengali society, mindsets, structures for the survival of the elderly through this visit.

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Couple milking cows, Birbhum, West Bengal
I came across this couple and their cows. I loved the contrast of her pure white taant shadee, against the skin and the brown hay...isn't it lovely? As soon as you drive away from Kolkata, you start to see that the women are still wearing cotton instead of ...

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The new exciting Bikaner House
Ever since Bikaner Hous e got a makeover last year, it has become an exciting venue for exhibitions and events.  My friend Sumedha launched her book Mewar Ramayana there. The book is beautifully illustrated with paintings commissioned by Jagat Singh, the Ma...

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This is the happy result of a project to widen and deepen a small natural pond.

This pond, many years ago, used to be full of water all year through. Then it got silted up. When we visited it in May 2015, it was only a small shallow muddy patch of water (see bottom right).

We decided to desilt the pond and shore it up with stones to create a sort of holding wall. This would increase the capacity of the pond. The women of the village worked on this project. All the labour came from the village.

As a result of the deepening, the pond has now become usable all year round. Our current estimate is that the pond can now hold around 15000 litres of water. All through the post-monsoon period, Oct-Feb, this pond has been used by cattle. In fact you can see a cow in the picture. Although it is far away from the village homes, the women are coming now to use it as a daily source of water. There are two women in this photo, with pots on their heads. This pond will be one of the sources of water to help them tide over the summer which is on its way.

This pond has also served for 6 months as a recharging pit for improving groundwater levels in the area.

Janardhan, our local project manager is in the white T-shirt.

Malathi and I are now thinking about how to make this pond bigger. This year we will probably widen it, deepen it, and make it more "pucca". In general, we also need to examine new ways of creating more solutions for cattle. If we can find a way to do that, then we can start a microfinance business of goat-herding for some of the village men and women.
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