Celebrating Onam

Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar

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The Grand Masala: Kerala Fish Curry

A popular dish in Kerala is fish curry. This is a definite staple in everyone’s home and is really easy to make. Of course, it is delicious too! Try this recipe this week. Tip: Serve the curry in the pan that you cooked it in. This will improve the taste! Tip: Eat with Basmati rice.   Ingredients: 500 grams (either King Fish or Pomfret), cleaned and cut into pieces 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 tsp

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Out with the New, In with the Old

Two weeks ago Isel and I said goodbye to our first home here in Wayanad, stashed our belongings in to an auto-rickshaw and made the bumpy and twisty ride to our new home in Valad.  The air is cleaner here, the lifestyle more calm, and the stars and moon ascending over the hills at night can take one’s breath away.  That being said, the first few days were definitely quite hectic, organizing and buying pots,

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Faces Behind the Bags #3

We are excited to continue our series of biographies featuring the women who participate in Profugo’s Tailoring Training Program this month, with our third tailor, Nalini. Nalini also hails from Prashanthagiri. She and her husband met at her uncle’s wedding. They are working very hard to support their daughters, ages 5 and 9. While Nalini spends her days at the tailoring workshop, her husband works far away in the district where he was born and

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In the Name of Water…

Slowly waking from sleep, the crowing of the rooster becomes more and more lucid, cock-a-doo-da-looo! I rub my eyes and put my feet on the floor. Although sleepy, I smile because today is the start of implementing the wells in Prashanthagiri. I gather my things needed for the day; a camera, my housedress (this is what the ladies wear to work), and some materials for the tailoring workshop. Off I go to the bus. As

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