Cooking beetles, Majuli style

Beetle fry, anyone? A ‘Pestaurant’ in the remote and rapidly-shrinking Majuli, the world’s largest river island in North-East India, has cooked up a unique method to prevent pests from attacking crops in the region – eating them before they devour…

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The Japanese tea trail

Tea plants in Japan were first said to be planted by the Buddhist monk Saicho upon his return from China in 805 AD. Tea is not only the principal beverage of Japan, but it is also used in a variety…

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Young ones at Majuli

Tourism in Majuli treats the island with its open spaces and riverine tracts like a pastoral exit from the din of urban life. But for those who live in Majuli, the island is more than an idyllic bucolic holiday spot.…

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History of the North-East

Bhaitbari The history of  the North-East since  the  colonial  and  postcolonial times have predominantly  focused  on  its  relations with  the  rest  of  India and how  it has shaped  the communities  over  the  years. While there has been some research on…

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The Cellular Jail in Port Blair, Andamans

For Indian tourists, the most important sight in the Andamans is the Cellular Jail in Port Blair. This Jail and some of its more famous inmates are so well known and intricately linked with the Indian psyche that no Indian…

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