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Metropolitis


Popular sociology is that branch of Sociology studied by any average citizen with commonsense who does not have any actual qualification in Academic sociology( own definition)


Metropolitis is a disorder seen in city dwelling people characertised by the following Symptoms Signs & comorbidities.1) Extreme Self-centerdness 2) Lack of Sensitivity 3) Self obsession 4) Morbid insecurity 5) High level of consumerism 6) Distancing from Reality 7) Lack of Faith 8) High Dependence on Gadgets(Cars,Mobile phones,TVs etc) 9) Sociopathic &/or Psychopathic Behaviour 10) Self destructive Competitiveness 11) Tendency to Hoard Resources 12) Indulgence 13) Morbid  Objectivity 14) Manupulativeness masquerading as manageabilty 15) Power Mongerism 16) Lifestyle Sicknessess 17) Environmental Maladjustment 18) Cricketomania 19) Academic syndrome


 


We are all suffering from this condition knowingly or unknowngly.


 


 


Posted in Popular Sociology.


A day at home …..

A Day at Home….

As I moved up and down in my own home I could see that things fall apart gradually ,slowly and surely.

Take for instance the curved feeder to the geyser .The joint has been leaking keeping the bathroom wet and dengue menace is omnipresent. I had a plumber come in a year back .He fixed a new steel pipe but also put a small kink into it. Alas that changed the pressure system and the leakage continued. He had the audacity to charge in spite of non repair without any professional ethics.

This status had continued and we neglected till this day . A sinuous streak of water clinged to the tiles as it moved downwards silently …it eventually had reacted with the surface giving a browinish tinge underlining the tract beneath.Something had to be done about it …yet everyone just hoodwinked it and left to fate….Ke Sera Sera …..

The Sliding windows of drawing room had revolted and refused to budge and if you acted with brute force they would shudder with ball bearing wobbling underneath their weight. The task now required both hands used with skillful strength to prevent the glass panes come down. Every morning and while leaving home the act had to be put together solemnly and the burden came down on me as a sincere honest housekeeper of conscience…

It shall be repaired I had pledged to myself waiting for the day of liberation to arrive in earnest

Posted in Blogs, Family Matters, Urban Issues, Work.


Goa

The first time we visited was in 1985 with vijay and manasee kelkar. We were ar hotel solmar
@nd visit was with Ramesh and jyotsna Balajiwale at Cidade
3rd was with Eddie and shamira and Sasha at majorda and ofcourse Devendra
4th was with mahima at kamats
5th was at the home of Atul and Medha
6th was with Shamira and Noah and Iris at Mahendra Resort ,Varka and colva
7th is likely with Debashish and Bassam.

First Visit we went by train and came by flight.Saw the famous temples of Mangeshi and St Francis Church .The Taxi driver showed us the mines and waterfall .Lots of booze and beaches dona paula by Bus ,Teh tour conductor ept us entertained .
Second … We went to Casino at Cidade, Played in PPool and Beach…. Went to Molem Park and Murudeshwar . Could not go to gokak due to heavy rains. tiring tour.It was a great holiday due to Microwave purchase which gave us service for 20 years.We tried to enter the chappel ofdona paula but were prevented
3rdd was a package at Majorda, we went on cruise , had royal buffets …boozed, and highlight was a fight with Eddie
4th was courtesy Novartis for TB conference… a treat of knowledge at Litterature academy goa fine arts panjim where current international film festival is being held.Swam in the pool and regretted that I did not go to visit my cousin at Tivim.Went on Cruise

Posted in Uncategorized.


Bhopal and After

Bhopal And After
In 1984 I had just set shop and then this great tragedy struck within a year at a state capital .Industrialization had geared to a pace with lots of industries being set up at Thane Belapur Belt and environmental sciences were taking shape due to new diseases getting discovered as a result of acute and chronic toxicity to 1000s of new molecules discovered every year to improve human life.
I had never been to Bhopal. Last year I visited this beautiful city that reminded me of Udaipur with its lakes. And while we were doing sightseeing it did not strike me in the slightest to pay a visit to the site of UC factory which was to be made into a museum like the holocaust museum in Washington.
The reassuring aspect was that chest medicine had taken strong shape with Dr s.R.Kamat at the helm. He had conducted thorough research in the victims and published many articles in national and international space. Being an industrial physician I understood the dynamics of the situation wee better that my clinicians friends. I could prove that when Dr Kumar wrote an article on runaway reactions of MIC and incorporated my comments to publish it in Journal of Industrial Medicine with due mention.
Now yesterday On 31st October 2014 after 30 years Warren Anderson died on Halloween day.The ghost of 15,000 plus people who died probably haunted him everyday ,Although he could avoided arrest and incarceration. Perhaps for all the heads would roll including eh factory inspectors and Minister of Labour ,Industries and commerce and Chemicals and fertilizers all implicated with babus who sat in state or centre clearing all processes and produce.
Stringent laws in USA made UC located this facility in a developing world and I would like the statistic that how much of the planned capacities of various chemical were for exports and how much for local use. Enlisting local talent which was in plenty they started in right earnest but what they never imagined was that huge population would migrate and settle in shanties near the factory and parasitize it as a mummy. Now actually they ran double risks with exposure inhouse and community as their TLVs would differ for both.
On that fatal night tones of chemicals got spilled causing acute respiratory failure due to cytotoxic effects on the airway and alveolar epithelium . Runway reactants also liberated Co and other deadly mistures causing severe damage to other organs as well. Eventually 15,000 died due to various ailments and even cancers and chronic disabilities. Medical aid was rushed in but it took some time before the actual poisions could be figured out and their antidotes.
The civil society and the police arrested all the officers and slammed cases on them many criminal. A warrant was issued on warren Anderson the CEO of UC and he was arrested when he visited Bhopal. But as expected a fishbone diagram pointed the needle to many in the hierarchy and some were made the scpe goat while other slipped off the noose.The disaster and its deverity was ain to Chernoble and perhaps Fukushima post Tsunami.
What were the lessons of Bhopal ?
1) Human life is precious and if anyone feels contrary, he will get himself into a extremely difficult situation from whih he may never get out till the end of his life .Exoneration is impossible
2) The risks involved in manufacture of hazardous chemicals are myriads and most business propositions would be unlucrative if systems and controls are out of place.Union Carbide suffered huge losses and had to be sold to Dow Chemicals which is still facing charges even after doling billions of dollars.
3) The principal occupier is liable in such situations even if he is not directly involved in decision making as he is the sole authority who has to own up responsibility irrespective of his knowledge , sill, qualification or location.
4) Although employer is implicated the employees too are liable as they are responsible for safety of rawmaterials,equipment maintainsnce, process and products .It is necessary that statutory safety needs are met with in storage and usage of chemicals .All adverse scenarios are visioned up and enacted thereupon to ensure safe handling and transportations within premises and outside. Inflammable materials are of special mention and containments incase of fire by open flame or short circuit.
TBC

Posted in Community Concerns, Design, environment, health, Law, Management, Technology, Urban Issues.


The Fire Drill

The Fire Drill
It was a typical diwali day and the city was buzz with activity .Meeting and Eating is a popular activity as much as touring and travelling .So we were invited by Drs Ravi and Vidya for a dinner at Saffron Spice. We descended down got into the car and as we went for the main entrance We saw horde of members looking upwards. None stopped us …but we enquired …fire they said and we halted to take a count.
As we stretched our neck, we could see some faint flickering light emanating from 12th floor. The floors above were in darkness and many had climbed down the staircase as lifts were stopped although some had come down to rescue area crossed over to wing 2 and got down on ground.
I halted our vehicle outside the gate and came back to enquire for details. Yes the flat was locked from inside as some interior work was going on they said. Meanwhile Dr Ravi had called twice .Then I dropped wife at Saffron Spice and came back to experience and observe as fire can suddenly escalate depending on the circumstances . Meanwhile the fire tenders and Damkal had arrived . And they went up the lift.Every one felt reassured as the situation remained under control and professional help had arrived in 10 minutes flat. That was the time my son called me and gave me a green signal to proceed with my schedule.He too had a date with his friends for a Diwali Party.
Off I went and had a great time with Iyer & family.We came back late having ahad a sumptuous dinner.
After 3 days there was this meeting in the society to apprise the members as to what went wrong and to tae a stock of the situation so that there would be no repitiotion.
TBC

Posted in Community Concerns, Management, Urban Issues.


Raju Acharya – My Friend

Posted in Friendship.


A Professional Publication

25 years back a youth was brought in by his father.He was reffered by the amicable family physican Dr Nallumakkal Kunjuvelu Valan the small doctor with a large heart.
I had given him the best possible care addressing all his adolescent issues including his pulomary problem which essentially was allergy with airway disorder.He came regularly inspite of coming from an humble background and such clients always get better attention and treatment for their involvement.Medical problems are routiene what is not routiene is the way it is handled by family members.Those who look it as a teamwork succeed.
That’s what happened to FS .He improved and with that his confidence in me as his guide and mentor.He was not very bright but he had a right attitude an important atrtribute in positive outcome.With clinical improvement his academic performance too improved and he could complete his diploma in engineering which landed him a job in chemical company.
As time passed he got controlled due to immunotherapy combined withpharmacotherapy. Now he was only on maintainance or sos medication an endpoint in airway disorder of BHR.he then relocated to Saudi for lucre and eventually got married.
He suddenly appeared after 20 years with all records intact.Although we did have his allergy tests report copy on our file.He was a soft spoken gentleman groomed by his parents.He was receptive and attentive and cooperative.Moreover due to his interest in what his problem was he could clearly understand what was palnned for him and without bias complied well with on going effort to evaluate and intervene.
This time I thought to report his case in one of the finest Indian journal ,one of its kind published from New Delhi.So the process began with rough notes and a preliminary draft .I sent a letter to honorable Dr s.N Gaur and he felt that the case was interesting.hat pepped me up.So I refined it and finally through the E Portal sent it for peer review.Now little did I now that the rigors of publication are a herculean task.The submission came back with periodic promptness for further clarification.The referees were ruthless and needed objectivity .I complied setting time to realign my thoughts and references maing it authentic ans as scientific as possible….but the queries continued unabatedly.
Now I was in USA and thought that finally I have solved all questions and mared them well on PDF format . But to my dismay. The board was too demanding for excellence.I sat back and speculated that this effort was going to be invain and fruitless.So I relegated it to background…..I returned from USA and put the matter in cold storage.But the editors sent it bac for correction and persued the paper without respite.I had to relent and I reciprocated with newer enthusiasm.
After multiple rallies bac and forth, I finally envisioned a report which was to see the light of the day.And it did with fine graphical and tabular presentations and a convincing bibliography of references.
The process had taen six months and finally when it came published in E format and then a hard copy.I realized the value of writted and printed word as against something that just appears in the media or internet.The case had put my entire practice of 30 years in perspective and underlined the scientific ethos and zea with l which I had practiced persuasively putting all principles of therapeutics before commercialism .I had ultimately succeded in showcasing this diligent attitude and continuity for posterity.I thanked my teachers who had put the spirit of enquiry and scientific principles in my mind as the winning philosophy.

Posted in Medicines, Personal, Research, Writing.


Holocaust in Valley

Having returned from USA where we travelled West ,East and South extensively we deserved no holiday anymore.Yet when my school frien Arun called up , I could not resist.
“We are getting best deals in airfare” he declared as I convinced my wife who was reluctant. “We have never been to Kashmir” I exclaimed justifying the tour.

Holocaust in the Valley


We had just returned from our US trip and were in raptures for the perfectly timed and designed tour where we achieved something phenomenal.We surely did not deserve another holiday…..but it came calling within a few days after we landed in Mumbai


Arun  has been my buddy since kindergarten days.We were in malinis montessary on saint paul street before we joined st pauls high school.We were with him in Bhopal but we hardly had some time out so he called me and told me about very attractive air fares  to Shrinagar and back.


Well I thought …I have never been to Kashmir and he too has never been so what the hell cant we go after 3 months of work in office. I convinced my wife who was reluctant….days passed bye and Shekhar opted out for elections at a cooperative ban where he was to be on board of directors…we were scouting for hotels in the valley just then Iris ushered two sales women who sold a very reasonable holiday pacage to us. It was distinctly promotional.2000 Rs per day at good hotels with free breakfast and dinner….We thought hardly …worth a risk…sent Ravi to their office and paid 16000 upfront for the stay.


Pine Spring hotels was a chain owned by Mr Iqbal and the property was stylish and décor ambient as Arun researched on the net.


So off we went to Nowgaon and stayed for 2 days,. On day 2 we had Mr shahani dine with us .He is ex VJTI now working for J&K Dept of irrigation.A cement company was hosting their dealers too. We chatted and dined.A small episode of mobile loss and gain to happened here but the staff was courteous and decent.


Shrinagar we thought was dusty and chaotic…with lots of construction and crowded. Tere wer traffic jams and for a city dweller it was a bad experience.Nowgaon hotel was opp Shrinagar Station and this station was minimally utilized a sad fact like US where railways are not promoted due to car and steel and petroleum boom and lobby.


Arun had Bacardy with him and we got some from a local stores which over charged.There is prohibition in the Valley and later we realized that it is actually a special arrangement where Indian Army stands to gain by selling stuff in blac market.


Next day we went to Gulmarg . Tourism is hyped and coerced here.With over charging and fleecing the tourist lock stock and barrel.We had no choice but to relent although we brought the taxi man to bargain hard.We went to Gondola and there were touts whch is sickening…We balmed it on Omar Abdullah and his coterie for all the malpractise. The Gondola took us to station 1 but it rained very heavily …we had lunch and then returned to go to station 2 the clouds hung low and visibility was a few feet.No use going further for snow as Rane couple didi not risk the cold.Down we came to station 1 and took horse ride to Kihalnmarg  a place where ice sports takes off in Dec Jan. We dran herbal and mineral  waters  thast came down fro a glacier. Pictures and then back only to find the ropeway gone out of order.We had to trek back on foot an ordeal as we were unprepared. The horsemen tempted us with wrong information.And locals again cheated us. We came back intact but famished and fatigues.Good wife had not come as she had caought a cold and suffered dyspnoea due to altitude and congestion.


Next day Sonmarg on Kargil route…Rs 4000 for only 50 odd kilometers .The ranges were gorgeous and valleys luring as we saw a last grazing village and lots of shepards and livestaok.We kept drinking Cawah.The Sindhu river kept us company lie th Dal and Jhelum in Shrinagar.We went to India gate and then the glacier where the waters drain into sindhu and some waters into Pakistan.Then we went to Zozila pass and on way to Ladhak as landscape changed to hue of red and brown. This part was amazing and gave us a glimpse of how the travel to Kargil would be.Pictures taken at war memorial and the last tree before the barren yet beautiful terrain starts.


At one point there was this last tree standing tall on the mountain slope on corner of a jagged angle while 500 feet below the river flowed ,thereafter the treeain changes to different hues of brown,red,chocolate with a huge valley right in front covered with grass where sheep grazed but not a tree for miles till the horizonLadakh is a desert in the mountains and the beauty amazing and coulorful.


On way back we had Rishta and Wazwan meat that stuck in our dental crevices .We came back tired the driver ws full blodded and at one point he took us on a dirt road descent which gave us the thrill and goosebumps surely unnecessary but we had no choice as we sat stiff on hairpin bends while the vehicle meandeared short of slipping .Finally when we made it to the tar road w could roughly identify the spot at which we hit this road but could not trace the route which we descended nearly 500 feet.


Pine spring at Gulmarg is neat the gondola and we retired with an accomplished day which drained us financilaay as well.


Next day we proceeded to Pehellgam via ofcourse the unavoidable Shrinagar and the traffic which irritated us.As we left shrinagar we saw fields of saffron and Kashmiri rice as the grass took different hues and apple orchards .Then our driver acted as an agent and got us to a spice joint where we spent a fortune due to sweet talk of a Kashmiri merchant who sold us merchandice which proved to be rotten especially walnuts which developed fungus known to release aflatoxin a vry strong carcinogen and hence very painfully discarded it. He was a liar and a cheater rolled into one as looks can be deceptive .We withdrew money from a neighbouring ATM while it rained incessantly . finally getting him off the back we headed for the mountains into the scenic Pehelgam as rains grew stronger and continuous…Now for a coastal fellow like me rains are no stranger and can be endured in sahayadri belt ,but to encounter rains at this altitude was unfortunate and bewildering .I kep on telling my self that in Himalayas it rains withour rime or reason and without forewarning.My own experience at Vaishnodevi and Pindari substaintiated this aspect and I brushed it off until we hit Lidder river which had swelled four times it size and which flowed menacingly downwards into the valley.


The traffic was sparse and finally we crossed two tributaries and came to our destibation at Pine spring hotel on mountains slope .



On way back we had Rishta and Wazwan meat that stuck in our dental crvices


On way back we had Rishta and Wazwan meat that stuck in our dental crevices .We came back tired the driver ws full blodded and at one point he took us on a dirt road descent which gave us the thrill and goosebumps surely unnecessary but we had no choice as we sat stiff on hairpin bends while the vehicle meandeared short of slipping .Finally when we made it to the tar road w could roughly identify the spot at which we hit this road but could not trace the route which we descended nearly 500 feet.


Pine spring at Gulmarg is neat the gondola and we retired with an accomplished day which drained us financilaay as well.


Next day we proceeded to Pehellgam via ofcourse the unavoidable Shrinagar and the traffic which irritated us.As we left shrinagar we saw fields of saffron and Kashmiri rice as the grass took different hues and apple orchards .Then our driver acted as an agent and got us to a spice joint where we spent a fortune due to sweet talk of a Kashmiri merchant who sold us merchandice which proved to be rotten especially walnuts which developed fungus known to release aflatoxin a vry strong carcinogen and hence very painfully discarded it. He was a liar and a cheater rolled into one as looks can be deceptive .We withdrew money from a neighbouring ATM while it rained incessantly . finally getting him off the back we headed for the mountains into the scenic Pehelgam as rains grew stronger and continuous…Now for a coastal fellow like me rains are no stranger and can be endured in sahayadri belt ,but to encounter rains at this altitude was unfortunate and bewildering .I kep on telling my self that in Himalayas it rains withour rime or reason and without forewarning.My own experience at Vaishnodevi and Pindari substaintiated this aspect and I brushed it off until we hit Lidder river which had swelled four times it size and which flowed menacingly downwards into the valley.


The traffic was sparse and finally we crossed two tributaries and came to our destibation at Pine spring hotel on mountains slope .


Posted in Blogs, Design, Indology, Travel, Urban Issues.


Unified Feild Theory


Unified Field Theory


The 13 chapter of Geeta is titled Khetra-Kshetradnya Yoga.


This is my favorite chapter after vibhuti yoga. It discusses the human field of experience and its limitations and beyond. This knowledge is sung by the ancient sages


The supreme cowherd extols the virtue of the one who possesses the knowledge of field of the human existence.


He who knows considers the person as a composite of ego,desires,anger,intelligence,sensitivity,sensuality,senses,organs,and the 5 elements,hatred,the symphony of organs. The energy and courage all rolled into one.


He who is knowledgeable is simple, straightforward, undeceiving, agressionless, service oriented, forgiving, clean, stable and controlled and focuses into the ultimate and gets liberation.


He who has the knowledge is stoic, indifferent, and considers that stages of life are imminent disorders and who shuns public and lives a life of seclusion. He who is not tied down by wife, son or house. And he who is my believer does not require any other knowledge for it equates with illiteracy.


The ultimate is within and without…it is fine and difficult to perceive…it is continuous… But is perceived as disjointed is difficult to understand…


Nature and individual are primordial and all manifestations like anger and hatred and virtues are property of the nature.


All elements and human qualities including human actions and industry is a result of Nature and happiness and pain is caused by individual himself.


But the individual is reborn based on his actions decided by the elements.


The possessor of the field’s knowledge is nearer the creator as he knows that he has been trapped into the body of the current being and he observes the play of the elements and the resulting happiness or grief and hence he is also the controller.


He believes that the being is without properties and the manifestation of the mind is the play of the elements.


Some yogis by their fine vision can see the soul at the heart site by meditation some of the achievers by the self study can view the soul by their efforts….some can get this knowledge through their teachers and these disciples can get liberation due to their faith on their  preachers .


Any temporary or permanent entity is created by the interaction of the field and the person who has gained insight of the field as a play of elements.


This possessor of the knowledge of the field becomes aware that the Supreme Being is established in the elements and continues existence even beyond the life of the state and hence indestructible.


He who perceives the essence everywhere is self conservative and can through effort and knowledge attain salvation


He who is aware that all actions are forced on an individual’s by the basic elements and ceases to be responsible for the action is the holder of true knowledge.


When the achiever realizes that the diversity of the elements is extensions from the ultimate, he can get salvation.


Dear Arjun.. The ultimate is ancient and without properties yet it is the administrator of the being and this principle is without action and does not become affected by the actions of the individual


The space between atoms is indestructible and the supreme essence is never soiled by individual’s actions


The kshetradnya or the possessor of the knowledge of the field glows like a sun illuminating the field comprising of the ego, mind , senses, desires, anger,organs and the elements therein .


Those who accept this knowledge and those who become aware of this field theory attain salvation


 


 

Posted in Philosophy, Religion.


Malin

Malin Two established routes take you to the Bhimashankar Shrine on or rather off the Pune Nasik highway which goes through the industrial town of Chakan .After this comes manchar and a small road takes you on the road to BhimaShankar. As you drive on you come across a lake and a Dam and a river with a bridge. This dam is called as Chas Kaman dam then you follow the tributary of Kukadi and come to Bhima Shankar having passed Blue Mormon resort. If you trek to Bhimashankar and reach the top you can see the Dimbhe Dam far away to northeast especially in monsoon when the rains take a respite and the pollution having settled with clear skies .And perhaps you can spot the hills at the base of the Village of Malin.This is a few kilometers from the backwaters of Dimbhe Dam 14 kilometers as the crow flies On that fateful night there was this landslide which killed around 160 villagers as a huge mass of soil descended with a huge sound and thud. Why did this happen ? Are we going to consider Black Magic or Gods hand and forget analyzing this accident ? Or are we going to analyse the event and take lessons from it? The second choice appeals a reasonable man. There are many reasons 1) Deforrestation 2) Government apathy to Madhav Gadgil report 3) Government programmes to rehabilitate adivasis replacing their trades of labour,hunter and gatherers to tillers of soil. 4) Huge traffic in Bhimashankar hills for religious purpose 5) Licences to windmill projects on the hills sourrounding Western ghats are ecosensitive zone which means that everything related to the ghats should be considered sacred.When you consider it sacred it naturally means minimal interference with the lives of the locals and allowing them to survive with their own means only allowing necessary goods and material for them to sustain and continue their symbiotic relationship with the mountains,rivers valleys and the forests. Sacred means honourable and declaring them as protected .protected from onslaught of so called development and putting a fullstop to the exploitation of nature by outside agencies including government state or central. (To be concluded)

Posted in environment, Trekking, Tribal Indians.


The Ship Of The Desert

The Ship of the Desert
Desserts are scattered all across the globe and although mostly in Middle East in Arabia a part of it exists in India named as Thar Desert .In ancient India it was called the Marubhoomi as getting lost into it inadvertently due to an error of direction or guidelines meant certain death due to dehydration and night predators.
During my last tour of Jaisalmer,Jodhpur and Bikaner we discovered a Potpourri of culture of the Rajput warrior kings and their forts, About the cusine,the clothes and ethnic groups and their head gears turbans tied in various styles ,the terrain and flora including prosopis, and the fauna like the sacred peacock and exclusive camel
I personally found camels as having a royal stature and their utility does not demean them except if you belong to the rogue culture of sidelining and demonizing labor and workers. The camel is the Kamdhenu of the Desert and needs a sacred status as much as the cow and recently the Rajasthan Government alleviated it to the status of a state animal especially for the dwindling numbers due to trucks and tractors getting precedence over this nonpolluting ecologically inclusive animal for transport and agriculture. Thus the Ship of the Desert School Status of Camel was under threat.
At Bikaner we enjoyed a 3 kilometer desert ride on camel back to enjoy sand-dunes and setting sun across the desert with a musical program of desert and tribal folklore and rich instrumentals and dance .next day we went to Camel research centre where our guide indefatigably explained the projects to rear animals and their types ,breeding farms research in fodders types which included various types of grasses and shrubs and the soils required to grow fodders and the formulation of composite fodders to improve a camels nutrition. At the local stalls we consumed camel milk delicacies and were thrilled by it assortments .Camel milk is low in fat (1.5-3 % and has longer shelf life compared to other milks. It is a bit salty to taste but it is rich in vitamin c and zinc and insulin. It lacks beta casein a milk protein and also common allergens of cow milk and hence can be substituted for children and infants allergic or intolerant to cow milk. Till recently sale of camel milk and its products were considered illegal although NRCC has applied to FSSAI for authorizing its production and sale.
The Rebari community is involved with camel rearing and consider selling camel milk as a taboo.,which meant not superstition but a logic that camel milk has to be provided to the baby camels.But cultural practices have been benevolent and seemingly the camel provides milk for the master too who tends it ,lately for meat. This bad practice has taken precedence due to escalation of costs and decreasing demand for agri and transport purpose.
The camel census in1951 showed that the figure stood at 3.4 lacks; in 2007 this had risen to 4.5 lacks and again dropped in 2012 to 3.26 lacks. Small farmers do use camels for ploughing fields and local transport and one can see that while driving through desert region however they need to be assisted for purchase of fodder as the camel requires more fodder as compared to a cow.
Camel milk has been found a global status as superfood in the US supermarkets .The Reabri community claims it has antimalarial properties perhaps due to artemesinin like alkaloid secreted through its milk due to the herbal nature of the fodder

Posted in Culture, health, Research, Travel.




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