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  • Sushant Singh Rajput’s Tweet About His Mother Will Make You Go And Hug Your Mom!

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  • Daring Female Cops Rescue 3 Minor Girls after Being Chased by a 600-Strong Mob in Haryana

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  • These Women Sell Traditional Cookware for Health Benefits Derived from Ancient Indian Wisdom

    For those longing for the authentic taste of food cooked in cast iron and earthen cookware over slow fires in traditional kitchens, there is good news. Two Cochin-based corporate consultants have set up a business to market this authentic traditional cookware. The VillageFair started as an unplanned business venture last year when Radhika Menon responded to a post on Facebook. A friend of hers commented that a doctor in the US had come up with a cast iron fish to be put into every dish being cooked at home, to help prevent iron deficiency. Someone else responded with a comment as to how, in the old days, food used to be cooked in cast iron vessels and hence iron deficiency was not really a problem. Radhika immediately posted pictures of the cast iron utensils she had at home and let her friends know that she still used them for cooking. An overwhelming response to this post, with queries about where to buy the pots and pans, led Radhika to think that marketing these products could make good business sense. “With a little effort, my friend Priya was convinced to join hands with me. And before midnight, our Facebook page was ready...The VillageFair had taken birth,” says an excited Radhika.   [caption id="attachment_64396" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Radhika and Priya of The VillageFair fame[/caption] Users of traditional cookware, particularly utensils from Kerala, find the process of seasoning these vessels before use extremely tedious and tiring. Thanks to the advent of steel and non-stick cookware, cooking has become a lot less time consuming because these utensils are light and easy to handle. Even elderly people, who grew up using traditional cookware, have forgotten how to season those vessels and find it easier to cook in teflon and steel. “Radhika’s 65-year-old maid Lalitha knew how to season these pans in the traditional manner. So we roped her in immediately to handle this important step; within a week our first order of six pans for customers from Bangalore was ready. We hand delivered them the first time and this paved the way for our success story,” says Priya Deepak. To season the cookware, the vessels, whether cast iron or earthen ware, are first washed well to remove any sediments stuck to them. Then, for around four days, the cooking surface is soaked in rice gruel. This helps remove all the unwanted metal and other substances on the surface and also helps close all the open pores. A generous amount of oil is then applied onto the surface. Once done, the pan has to be tested on the fire. The pans, especially the cast iron ones, are heated and cooled down a few times, till their surface becomes ‘non-sticky.’ As more and more orders came in, Lalitha got her daughters-in-law and some other women involved in the venture too. [caption id="attachment_64403" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Ladies seasoning the cast iron and earthen ware utensils[/caption] Priya and Radhika found that it was easy to procure earthen ware utensils from Ernakulam market itself. They have zeroed in on two good potters cooperatives to procure these utensils. To get cast iron vessels they decided to visit a manufacturing unit in Shornur. Shornur is famous for the manufacture of cast iron products, where agricultural implements are the main products. Although the two women went there with the idea of buying only a handful of utensils, they ended up purchasing around 500 pots and pans worth Rs. 30,000. They now get a steady supply of cookware from this unit, which they supply to clients all over the country. While orders have gone up by leaps and bounds, they now manage to courier their products anywhere in  the country. They also have tie ups with two e-commerce platforms where their products are displayed. The only physical retail outlet tie up they have is with Cannanore: A Lore from a Loom, in Inorbit mall, Whitefield, Bangalore, though more are on the cards. [caption id="attachment_64405" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Food cooked in traditional cookware is healthy and tasty[/caption] “In this past one year, things have gone real well for us. We were also able to give 5% of every sale we made to the Mehac Foundation for medicines for the mentally ill. Funding a social cause is always comforting and mentally gratifying,” adds Priya. For more information one can visit TheVillageFair Facebook page. Photo Credits: Priya Deepak Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). About the author: Aparna Menon is a freelance writer, writing for various newspapers for the past 10 years. Her main fields of interest are wildlife, heritage and history. A keen traveller, she loves to read and write and does a lot of art work too.

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  • Modi goaded Pakistan in deliberate yet risky move

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  • Shahid Kapoor And Mira Rajput Blessed With A Baby!

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  • One Simple Solar-Powered Device Is Making Classrooms in Rural Maharashtra Super Exciting

    A simple device is helping students in rural Maharashtra access interesting multimedia content like their urban and semi-urban peers. It runs on solar energy and does not require any prior knowledge about computers. This is how it works. “It was the beginning of 2014. Lavin and I had been in our jobs for three years. Both of us felt that while our jobs were good and comfortable, they were not challenging enough. Moreover, they were not having any impact on society in any way. So we decided to explore other sectors where there is scope for change via technology and work in one of them,” says Lehar Tawde, a business administration graduate from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. They decided to explore the education sector first. “Everybody knows that the rural education system in India is not perfect. Both of us are products of the urban education system and while we knew that schools in our villages generally needed reforms, we did not know what the exact problems were,” he adds. The duo did some research for about six months. They decided a good area to address may be the skill development of teachers to enable them to use technology for improved classroom instruction. By the end of 2014, they quit their jobs and started ConnectEd Technologies, an education-technology company that aims to produce and provide tailor-made educational content to underprivileged kids through technology. ConnectEd’s flagship product is a smart classroom system meant to aid teachers in classes using audio-visual content. It is a battery-operated, high definition projector that runs only on solar energy and can be operated by all teachers, including those who have no knowledge of computers. All a teacher has to do is switch on the device, navigate and find a multimedia educational content file, and play the audio visual chapter corresponding to what he/she is teaching that day. One can understand this product in two parts: Hardware: It is a projection-based system with a simple device that needs just a button and a remote control to start. The ConnectEd team does not just install the system in classrooms but also provides training to the teachers on how to use it. The device has a two-hour battery life and comes with built-in speakers. A solar powered kit helps charge the batteries. It is an all-integrated solution and there is no need for a PC, UPS or any other hardware. Content: ConnectEd Technologies produces the content projected by the device, which adheres to the state board curriculum. The team converts all the chapters in various textbooks into scripts to create ‘movies’ of sorts. They simplify the content and make it easy for children to relate to with the use of several examples. ConnectEd works with a team of young teachers after training them in converting chapters to scripts. The content is then passed on to other team members like animators, voiceover artists, editors, etc. “The video for each chapter is about 12-15 minutes long. The teachers can either play the entire film and discuss the chapter with students, or keep pausing it to guide students through the topic. Conventionally, teachers spend the entire time in class delivering lectures. With videos, they get the opportunity to make classes more engaging,” says 25-year-old Lehar. The team piloted the product in Palghar district of Maharashtra and is now expanding to other areas too. The system is currently meant for use from Classes 5 to 10. This year, ConnectEd has started the EkShiksha campaign with the Education Ministry of Maharashtra to increase the reach of the product across the state. The campaign aims to bring together socially-responsible corporate organizations, NGOs, school management boards, and grassroots-level educators to bring better education to children in rural schools. The organization has a team of 27 people in their 20s. Like Lehar, Lavin too is a business administration graduate from NMIMS and, together with the team, they have self-funded the company. ConnectEd conducts assessment tests of the children to measure the impact of their product and see if there has been an improvement in learning outcomes. They conduct a baseline test at the beginning of the academic year and an end-line test later. Only the baseline test has been conducted in Palghar as of now. “We have been receiving feedback from teachers that the product helps them improve the learning environment in class. Earlier, teachers would just read to the children from books in the class. Delivering lectures too was not very helpful. But the video content corresponds with what they are going to teach in class and children love it too,” says Lehar. Know more about the campaign and ConnectEd, here. You can write to the team at enquiries@connected.org.in. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

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