"The fittest survive the struggle of survival, and the smartest endure "

Soumya Vilekar
Posted July 17, 2015 from India

"The fittest survive the struggle of survival, and the smartest endure "

On a beautiful Sunday morning , while driving through the woods far away from the chaos of the busy city, it was an exhilarating experience rejuvenating body and soul amidst the quiet nature.

Passing through the rally of valleys and mountains, witnessing the romantic monsoon , in the dense forests and cliffs of Western Maharashtra,India , I came across a wonderful interesting encounter.

Roasted corn are common man’s monsoon delight in India. Sprinkled with blackrocksalt and lemon juice, it gives the most tangiest taste to the dead taste buds. It is oldest quick snack since many centuries in India usually roasted on a small stove burnt with coal . This being a very common scene in interiors, villages and on the roadside of highways . The small stove takes almost an hour to burn the coal completely.

What I witnessed during this journey was one of the most innovative things.

An aluminium container was taken and few holes were made on one of its surface. On one of the sides a bigger hole was made so as to fit a small fan inside which had a handle to rotate outside. A handful of tiny pieces of charcoal were led on the container and burnt.

The handle was rotated at a continuous speed for some time, due to the air blown inside and circulated through the blades, coal got burnt and started glowing in minutes.

An old lady who was the owner of that tiny temporary shack kept the sweetcorn on the burning coal and lo! in few minutes we got the crunchiest, juicest roasted sweetcorn!

An amazing piece innovated … I pondered. Surely necessity is the mother of invention and what an invention, which doesn’t require electricity, gas or any big complicated machinery to burn and produce heat energy…

Imagine if only such inventions could reach every possible corner of the world,where life is much harder and tougher,things would get easier and smoother for each one.

Awareness of environment and about such inventions ,if widelyspread can lead to a wonderful change in the society. Such shares will empower minds and increase resourceness.

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libudsuroy
Jul 22, 2015
Jul 22, 2015

Thank you for your vivid description of this distinct food enterprise rooted in an agricultral culture of which women are a valuable resource.

Soumya Vilekar
Jul 22, 2015
Jul 22, 2015

Welcome dear Libudsuroy in joining here . Yes, the agricultural culture even though taken a backseat and not so glamorous or highly payable, still there are such kind of innovations which will keep the growth of the agriculture in a pace and provide economical growth someday due to such steps in basic and most important venture of our lives.

I loved the way, that old lady got excited and explained the whole thing , when I asked about it and clicked her. It shows enthusiasm is so important and it reflected naturally on her face .

Olutosin
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 25, 2015

She looks so happy and content. I am an innovator too, I experiment with trash. Its so nice to see women who are in the rural area, being content and using every available means to create what will make life easier for them, thanks for the recognition too and for sharing.

Soumya Vilekar
Jul 25, 2015
Jul 25, 2015

Dear Olutosin,

SO wonderful to hear from an innovator herself. Very true, that women strive and try to use contents and resources made available to them for survival. It is so interesting to see people find out a way from the obscure.

Thanks for sharing your thought as well.