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Quasi Eastern Mediterranean recipes

Modified from ‘The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean” Paula Wolfert Pomegranate molasses: Two cups fresh pomegranate juice; 1/3 cup sugar (I added less, brown sugar); 1/3 cup lemon juice (I added lime juice). Boil, reduce to abt 1/3 cup–rather, to … Continue reading

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Pirambu/Vetra/Calamus

Calamus rotang L., distributed in the drier parts of peninsular India. (Often confused with C. australis Mart., which is occurs in N and E Queensland, Australia) Tamiz பிரபங் கிழங்கு Pirapan kizhangu, Pirambu kizhangu and others [FRHLT] Sanskrit वेत्रफल [vetraphala] [vetra-phala ] the fruit of Vetra Lit. Suśr. http://sanskrit.uohyd.ac.in/Heritage/MW/249.html http://sanskritdictionary.com/?q=vetra   … Continue reading

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Thakkali Vattal and Manga Thira

Inspired by the abundance of cheap tomatoes and the intensely hot days of May during a COVID-19 lockdown, I decide to make sun-dried tomatoes. Definitely worth it, despite the spells of rain (naturally) that threatened the enterprise. “Thakkali vattal-aa?” exclaims Maheswari. … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Treatment

In general, there are no known effective anti-viral drugs — not for the common cold, not for influenza, not for HIV, and not for COVID-19. Antibiotics do not work. For mild disease in the case of COVID-19, symptoms are treated … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Vaccination: A Paean to the Public Health System

The first dose After cogitating about vaccines – which vaccine, where vaccine, when vaccine, what time vaccine, free/paid vaccine, what-about Cowin: whether register, whether schedule – for some days after vaccination was opened up on March 1, 2021 to the general public … Continue reading

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COVAXIN information

Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR, New Delhi) Information on the vaccine (Bharat Biotech) Trials Pre-clinical (1) Immunogenecity and protective efficiency in hamsters iScience proof (pdf) (2) Immunogenecity and protective efficiency in rhesus macaques (preprint pdf)m (3) Safety immunogenecity (preprint bioRxiv 2020 Sep; … Continue reading

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Cats!!!

Cats long have been part of my mother’s household, but only in the past 30 or so years of her life, after my father moved to Madras on retirement. It is mostly the case that she and/or various household help … Continue reading

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Dengue and Nilavembu kudineer (incl. Andrographis)

A Siddha medication, nilavembu kudineer, is being distributed by the Tamil Nadu government to control dengue in the state. What is it, and what is the scientific support for the practice? Nilvembu kudineer is a concoction of nilavembu நிலவேம்பு, Andrographis paniculata,  the chief … Continue reading

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Primers – PepsiCo, potatoes, Indian IPR

Cottage Industry of write-ups and videos on the topic The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act, 2001, in context 2019 25 April PepsiCo and potato farmers case  2019 07 May What is seed sovereignty? PepsiCo case 2019 16 May  … Continue reading

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GM Brinjal, Haryana

What we do know:  Where? Sirsa and Fatehabad Districts, Haryana What we do not know: What? – GM brinjal – not Bt brinjal?? Whose? – Mahyco? TNAU Coimbatore? UAS Dharwar? Bangladesh? Other? 2019 05 18 Illegal GM brinjal was second crop, officials destroy … Continue reading

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