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Short cultural snippets for an easily digestible India Art/textile/craft: Wooden Combs From ancient times, Indian women have used wooden combs to comb and detangle their long hair, and to massage the scalp, which was believed to enhance growth. They used them to apply traditional clay-based hair masks, and to comb …

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Short cultural snippets for an easily digestible India Word: Khichdi The word khichdi derives from the Sanskrit khiccā, a dish of rice and lentils. Mixed with spices and vegetables, khichdi is still a staple, comfort food across all regions of India; and as a meal that is high in protein, …

A Career in Craft

One look at Santhosh Babu and all the clichés that popular culture had me believe about Indian bureaucrats were shattered. Dressed in sleek trousers, a formal shirt and a blazer, Santhosh is a gentleman whose only aim at the moment is to increase the demand for artefacts making complete use …

Trade: Then and Now

On August 15, 2014, Narendra Damodardas Modi, the Prime Minister of India, in his Independence Day address, said, “I want to appeal to all the people world over, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, ‘Come, make in India’, ‘Come, manufacture in India’. Sell in any country of the world …