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Nov 28 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
(1/6) What if farm stubble could nourish the soil quickly instead of polluting the air for weeks?
(2/6) A recipient of Maharashtra's ‘Krishi Ratna’ and ‘Krishi Bhushan’ awards for excellence in agriculture Chandrashekhar Bhadsavale is the innovator of the Saguna Rice Technique (SRT) method of cultivation.
Nov 28 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
“In school, I used to think, ‘what are the Olympics?’ I never thought I would participate in the Olympics”, #PTUsha once recalled in an interview. @PTUshaOfficial
PT Usha’s historic run in the 400 m hurdles final in the 1984 Olympics was a heartbreaking loss for India but one that turned out to be as much of an inspiration as a victory.
Nov 28 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
“When I serve food, I see the happiness on people’s faces. That makes me happy, and their smile is enough for me,” says Sekar Poovarasan, who, along with his mother, S Kuppamal, serves humanity by feeding the underprivileged.
25-YO Poovarasan from Thenkodipakkam, #TamilNadu, has started a roadside food stall that allows customers to pay for whatever they can while the poor eat for free.
Nov 28 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
“I received much more cow dung than I required in my farmland. That’s when I started thinking of an alternative for not letting it go to waste.”, says P Ganesan, an organic farmer who has been making #artefacts for the past five years, using nothing but cow dung and cow urine.
Hailing from Perungamanallur village in Madurai, 52-YO Ganesan has invented a unique and organic way of crafting handicrafts.
“I craft it by my hands. No machinery or mould is involved, and I don’t add ingredients other than cow dung and cow urine.
Nov 28 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
“A Mizo woman has never had any rights over property, whether moveable, immovable or even gifts. Husband can divorce her anytime and throw her out of the house without providing any financial support.”
Sangkhumi Bualchhuak made it her long-cherished dream to stand against the injustice done against #MizoWomen.
While growing up in her home state of #Mizoram , Pi Sangkhumi witnessed various atrocities meted out to women.
Nov 26 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
“Every dish has a hero protagonist, which is a plant,” said Vedika, owner of MharoKhet — an experiential farm which has been growing and supplying fresh produce all around Jodhpur for two years now.
When the couple took a trip to Kyoto, Japan, it put a lot into perspective, as they realised that the vegetables grown in Kyoto were famous all across Japan simply for their freshness. They learnt that the vegetables were even used by Michelin-star restaurants.
Nov 26 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
One morning, on my way to work, I was stranded by an Uber auto driver in the middle of the highway. I must have had a worried expression on my face, which made an old man driving a rickshaw stop and ask me where I wanted to go.
Sceptical at first, I told him I needed to get to my office at the other end of town and that I was already late. He said, "Please come in, ma'am. You can pay what you want", in impeccable English.
Nov 26 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
“Dad never came home early. That night, however, he did. When I asked him, he said, ‘I wanted to surprise you.’ I remember asking him to take me for a long drive and ice cream. My mother intervened, saying, ‘Let him eat, and then you can go.’
She had made egg curry for him."
"I cannot stand the smell of eggs, so I told him, ‘Call me once you are done eating; I’ll be in my bedroom.’ Little did I know that it would be the last memory I ever had of my father.
Nov 26 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
On an early May morning in 1949, 27-year-old #VergheseKurien landed in Gujarat's Anand to work as superintendent of a run-down government creamery on a monthly salary of Rs 275.
It was in Anand that Kurien encountered the man who changed his life: Tribhuvandas Kishibhai Patel.
The latter had, in late 1946, organised a cooperative for marketing the milk of farmers in Kheda district.
Nov 26 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
During 26/11, Mumbai saw some extraordinary acts of bravery by security forces and civilians who risked their own lives to save others.
Few know about the ‘pawsome’ gang of 4, Max, Tiger, Sultan & Ceaser, all sniffer dogs from Mumbai Police’s Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad, whose nose for explosives not only saved countless lives but also salvaged Mumbai from what could have been a tragedy of enormous proportion
Nov 13 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
"Introducing a playground would minimise their fear, anxiety and suffering. It would make their hospital visits a seamless experience." @Toybank
"Many children did not have education access, so we started with a drive to collect unused stuff from the houses. I reached out to many family members, friends and residents of apartment complexes. @Toybank
Many volunteers came forward and helped us in the initiative, donating cell phones, laptops, books, toys, blankets and clothes.", says 10-YO Avni, who started 'Project Avni' during the pandemic.
Nov 13 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
When Anika Puri visited India with her family four years ago, she was shocked to come across a market in Bombay filled with rows of ivory jewellery and statues. @AnikaPuri2
He also opened specialist Mahajani schools for merchants that focused on business and trading skills.
Thanks to Ranjit Singh, vocational schools teaching miniature painting, calligraphy and architecture also blossomed across the empire.
Nov 12 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Born on 12 November 1896, Salim Ali scraped through high school. He barely passed the matriculation exam of the Bombay University and dropped out of St. Xavier’s College in his first year.
What attracted the innate scientist in him was the forest that surrounded his family’s tungsten mines in erstwhile Burma.
Nov 12 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
(1/7) Winters in the National Capital are synonymous with two things — temperatures that dip to single digits and air quality that worsens by the day.
(2/7) Every year during the harvest season in winter, the air quality in North India sees a significant decline as farmers begin to burn the excess paddy straw left behind.
Heavy bags filled with books, hundreds of students in uniform, every hour accounted for, punishments etc.
Back then, there was no option but to attend school even if you did not want to. But these #uniqueschools in India will surely make you want to return to school>>>
Nov 11 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
TW: Self Harm
“The afterlife of a burn survivor is hard, with multiple surgeries and medication. It requires money, effort and, most importantly, motivation."
"Growing up, my family had minimal resources, but these humble experiences have made me who I am today," says Dr Sonu Bhaskar, who grew up in Bihar's Muzzafarpur in the 80s. @DrSonuBhaskar
For him, this meant walking 4-5 km to school daily and studying under kerosene lamps due to massive power cuts daily.
Knowing that he needed every opportunity he could grab, he would also compete for several scholarships and olympiads from a young age.