17 April, 2021

The Subcontinental Menu

From Afghanistan's decision to adopt Delhi government's 'happiness curriculum' in its schools to Tamil Nadu's farmer's learning classes on YouTube, read this and much more in this week's The Subcontinental Menu.

Illustration by Sajith Kumar
The Subcontinental Menu

Garden-Variety Influencers

YouTube often comes to our succour when we’re at a loss, seeking knowledge that’s not so much jealously gua­­rded as stubbornly absent, from ‘how to wrap a dhoti’ to techniques for pomegranate farming. When N. Azhagumani, a farmer in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district, decided to cultivate the shrub, the horticulture department had no advice to proffer—so he turned to the online video platform. He’s grown pomegranate successfully for five years now, telling reporters, “I have never seen a loss so far.” He now has 300 of the plants, which require little water, are not seasonal and are “ideal for growing in Dharmapuri”, on an 80-cent plot. This year, Azhagumani, now one of two pomegranate farmers in the district, earned Rs 5 lakh from an investment of just Rs 50,000.

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