The taste of Guthru

By Aparna Pallavi “Abhi Kaise Dikhayenga? (How do I show you now?)” Budhia’s voice is tinged with annoyance, “We do not have dried and pounded mahua now.” I know. April is mahua gathering season, not mahua eating season. This is the time when the challenge is to get as much mahua gathered,  dried and stored…

Mahua Yatra proposal

Proposal for Mahua Yatra to be undertaken from April to June 2016 By Aparna Pallavi (former environment journalist, forest foods researcher and trainer) I propose to undertake a ‘Mahua Yatra’ all over the mahua producing parts of the country starting April 2016, to be continued through the summer. I am undertaking this yatra with two…

River, Rocks and bare hands

Learning to fish with my bare hands with Korku tribal women in the forests of Melghat, I learnt one basic life lesson we have forgotten in these times of apparent plenty — food is precious in nature, and ought to cost hard work. And that within the ecosystem, the hunter and hunted stand an equal chance….