Monthly Archives: December 2012

About leeches, maggots and medicine

Since thousands of years, ayurveda is the medical science of India. The first practitioners ( many hindus consider them as saints) who taught this system said that leeches were useful to cure abscesses, tumors, sclerosis, piles, headaches, skin disorders, throat disorders, … Continue reading

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India : elections are a ( rather) lucrative time for slum-dwellers

Before every election, all the four hundred families residing in the Shastrinagar slum await the visit of the various political parties representatives of their area. Like other families living in other slums in India. To please the slum-dwellers, politicians offer them money … Continue reading

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Adoption in traditional India

In a country where having a son is so important, adoption is a fairly common practice since long. Those who do not have male children usually want to adopt a male child to continue their line of succession. In Rajasthan … Continue reading

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Kalbeliya, nomads of the Indian desert

Kalbeliya are a community living in the Thar desert, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Considered as untouchables, these independent people try to do their own things their own way, they try to preserve their values and customs despite the … Continue reading

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Corporate humour

Below are some laws that work at the right time but at the wrong place : Law of mechanical repair : After your hands become coated with grease your nose will begin to itch, or you’ll have to pee. Law … Continue reading

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Money is not what matters ( or why less is more)

One common belief is that the universe is pure abundance and all we need to do is to plug into an infinite supply of material wealth to abandon our scarcity-ridden mindset. Because money is there, it has to be spent. … Continue reading

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Pushkar, a town of legends in the Thar desert

It is no exaggeration to say that, in some parts of Rajasthan ( one of the many Indian states, and probably the most colourful), the income from cattle is almost equal, if not more, than the income from agriculture. The … Continue reading

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