Updates from : the Hindu : It had sued them for ₹20 lakh PepsiCo has applied to withdraw its cases against two brothers who are major potato farmers and traders in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat. This is the first concrete move taken by the company to back down from its cases against at least nine potato farmers who grew its protected variety used to make Lays chips. PepsiCo’s lawyer filed the application in a Deesa court on Monday. Anand Yagnik, lawyer for four small farmers owning 3-4 acres each in Sabarkantha district who were sued for ₹4.2 crore in damages, notes that the case against his clients is yet to be withdrawn. Their case next comes up for hearing in an Ahmedabad commercial court on June 12. Sources familiar with PepsiCo’s decision say that the wi
Updates from : the Hindu : On how mornings in Madurai are incomplete without meat on the plate At 7 am, the 60-year-old Sulthan Hotel in the heart of Madurai is shrouded in the smoke of mutton chukka cooking on a firewood stove. Seated at the first table inside the hole-in-the-wall eatery is a tubby man clad in a chequered lungi and striped shirt, digging into a mound of shreddedparotta soaked in glistening chicken salna. ‘Chomp chomp...’ he goes non-stop, setting right his bushy moustache frequently and opening his mouth wide to stuff in more meat with every bite. He pops in a whole lamb shank and chews on it with such unabashed vigour that one could hear sounds of the bone cracking. He smiles sheepishly and goes back to the business of some serious bone-biting. Everyone else,
Updates from : The Hindu : The story of the humble, street-corner Iyengar bakeries, standing proud through decades of shifting culinary trends, is long and heady with nostalgia As I walk past the Iyengar bakery in Jayanagar IV block, the aroma of freshly-baked bread and the sight of rotund buttery cookies fresh off the oven catch my attention. My resolve is not that steely: I walk in and settle for a piping hot vegetable puff. It is about half-past-three in the afternoon, the crowds swell in, and within a couple of hours, most of their goodies stand sold. That is the scene at most of the Iyengar bakeries in Bengaluru. To say that these bakeries are an iconic chain of sorts and a brand almost legendary would not be an exaggeration. Having stood the test of time for over a centu...
Updates from : The Hindu : An alien fruit took root in India two decades ago, sparking an export-driven boom that brought overnight prosperity to thousands of farmers. But today gherkin cultivation is in crisis, and the fingers of blame are all pointing in the direction of Crimea, reports Mohit M. Rao Manzoor, a farmer barely in his 20s, picks up a small prickly fruit. He scrapes at its rough green skin, which is covered in hair. “I know for sure you can’t eat this,” he says. He speaks of a “large company”, whose local agents contacted him with seeds, contracts and promises earlier this year. “It is actually medicine,” he adds, with some confidence. When he puts it down, he washes his hands thoroughly, and uses a stone to exfoliate the fingers. Pesticide, he says, corrodes the skin, tu