VELLERIKOMBAI — A ROCK ART SITE IN THE NILGIRIS

Rock art sites in the Nilgiris In the Nilgiris, rock art sites are found in Sigur, Iduhatty, Konavakoral, Thengumarahada, and Vellerikombai. Of all these five sites, the Vellerikombai Rock Art site differs from the rest of the sites both in coloration and style, apart from the depictions. For instance, Vellerikombai Rock Art is in red ochre, with stylized figures depicting various human forms, a ....


PLANT VARIETIES AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Plants were once the unifying forces of people. People were attracted by plants and human settlements developed on the banks of rivers which were blessed with lush green vegetation. With the advent of international trade in plants and plant related products, plants even connected nations. Often fertile green areas attracted conflicts and led to conquests. Domestication of plants from one part of ....

THE MANY STORIES OF DIWALI SHARE A COMMON THEME OF TRIUMPH OF JUSTICE

As many Indian Americans celebrate the election of the first Black and South Asian woman, Kamala Harris, to the White House, many will also be celebrating the festival of Diwali on Saturday, Nov. 14. Sometimes called the Indian festival of lights, Diwali is arguably the most important holiday of the year for South Asian families.  The festival, which is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, last....

KNOW YOUR PLANTS – BLACK PEPPER (Piper nigrum Linn.)

Black pepper occurs in the wild from North Karnataka to Kanyakumari. It is cultivated in Assam, Maharashtra and Kerala. Many centuries back, black pepper came to be considered as the “King of Spices”. It is because of this that the spice wars were fought, kingdoms were toppled and colonies established. In medieval Europe, this spice was more expensive than gold. Many explorers came to India....