As the summer sets in, the fruit juice vendors do brisk business in the Indian cities. Those who have to move or work outside in hot and humid conditions drink fruit juices to keep them hydrated. Grapefruit, pomegranate, orange, mango and pineapple juices remain in great demand. Health-conscious people also appreciate the juice of bitter gourd, beetroot and carrot. As the temperature rises, so does the profit of the fruit juice shops!
There are hygienic and environmental concerns though and peeled fruits are often seen kept uncovered under the open sky. Those who prepare the juice in these shops do not wear gloves and aprons. Since most of these stalls are on the roads, there is no protection from dust and flies.
Drinking sugarcane juice helps to beat dehydration and heat stroke during the summer.Loaded with glucose and electrolytes, sugarcane juice acts as an instant energy booster. Add to it the goodness of lemon and ginger and you have the perfect summer drink! So, people throng around these sugarcane crushing carts all day long. The drinks are served in plastic glasses or, better still, in those nature-friendly earthen pots. Then you have the smell of the mother earth in your cool drink.Read More
Rich or relatively well-off Indians who live in the north of the country arrange for Shehnai players to play during the marriage ceremonies. Usually a dais is built near the entrance of the house for the shehnai players.
Below is a sketch of a ritual that the Bengalis usually perform during their marriages. It is known in Bengali as সাত পাকে বাঁধা…The bride enters the pavillion where the actual marriage will take place. The groom is already there along with the priests. The bride seats on a wooden stool called a pidi. Her brothers and close male relatives then hold the pidi and lift the bride to carry her around the groom seven times in a row. The groom remains in front of the wedding pyre.
All along, the bride covers her eyes with a pair of betel leaves. Only after she is carried around the groom seven times will she take the betel leaves off her eyes.Read More