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Our never ending journey in the quest of traditional wisdom: Kallidaikuruchi pirandai appalam

One of the most enjoyable part of being in Zishta is that most of our customers become our friends & family of Zishta within a very short time. We spend hours chatting as we share our passion to bring back traditional wisdom.      One such chat led to a
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My Patti’s Version of Truly Authentic Sambhar

My mother is a great exponent of the traditional Sambhar which is a favourite dish in South India. Her and her mother, my adored grandmother – all great sambhar experts make it with such authentic aroma and taste. They offer such a glorious feast for the tastebuds, when mixed with
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Here is the Perfect Kalchatti Utensil for Storage

Soapstone, or kalchatti as it is popularly known in South India, is a soft stone that comes from earth. Due to its porous nature, soapstone makes for great cookware. It conducts both heat and cold very well, thus keeping food hot or cold for longer than other cookware can. Used
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Traditional Benefits of Soapstone Vessels

Soapstone, also known as kalchatti in India, is perhaps the softest of all the minerals that mother earth gifts us. Soapstone begins its life as talc which over time merges with other minerals to create a very porous material that is great to cook with. The presence of talc is
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Benefit of Neem: As told by many grandmothers

Do you know why our grannies hung neem leaves at the front door? No auspicious function went past without neem boughs being brought into the house. Sometimes they even dried and powdered neem leaves for medical purposes. We’re here to break the age-old neem mystery-tradition for you. After you read
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Why did our grandparents ate the way they ate? Recapturing traditional wisdom!

If you have eaten a traditional Indian meal at weddings or festivals, you’ll know that a tiny portion of payasam is always served first, and then we get spicy foods to eat. After all other items are consumed, we’re offered dessert again. We’ve inherited this system from our ancestors, who
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Traditions behind lighting a Lamp

Visit any Indian home, at dawn or at dusk, and you’ll see a lamp lit at the altar, its radiance casting a bright glow on the burnished gold face of the deity behind it. The altar, all of a sudden, becomes the brightest spot in the house. So, what’s the
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Launching Beautiful Handcrafted Traditional Brass Lamps

Do you remember the days of your childhood when your grannie or mom would light the brass lamp reverently in the little altar at home? It was done exactly at the same time every day, morning and evening. Even today, the same customs are followed, with the little lamp being
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Our Adventurous Journey to The World of Madur Mats!

Hello friends! We want to share something truly fascinating with you. Recently we visited villages of Paschim Medinipur in West Bengal, to observe how the artisans make lovely mats out of river grass. The history of these mats goes back to the Indus Valley civilization. As a point in fact,
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The Story of Our Exciting Journey into The World of Black Stone Pottery!

Our exploration of Indian craft heritage took us to meet with the artisans of lovely Manipur in North-East India, land of many mind-blowing crafts. The artisans here make a form of stone pottery called ‘Loree Hamlei’. It is made out of crushed Serpentinite and Weathered rocks (from the Longpi region)
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The Verdict is out!!

After a week of voting and discussions on facebook and Whatsapp with a number of our customers and ardent followers, Option 1 we shared won hands down. There were a few suggestions about different colour pallets and we zeroed in on the one best representing Zishta’s identity and vision. Our
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Reworking our brand identity

It has been a hectic few months for Zishta and did not get the time to sit down and write down our progress and thoughts. We got a chance to travel to the West Bengal and Assam to meet traditional artisans who make these amazing Madhur, Sheetal mats which naturally
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Reworking our brand identity

It has been a hectic few months for Zishta and did not get the time to sit down and write down our progress and thoughts. We got a chance to travel to the West Bengal and Assam to meet traditional artisans who make these amazing Madhur, Sheetal mats which naturally
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Makers of Clay cookware: Photo Gallery

  Click to view slideshow. These artisans follow the traditional technique honed over ten generations working on clay from the Cauvery river delta. These last generation artisans live as a community and work together to retain what is left of their tradition. The next generation is looking for better opportunities
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Makers of Clay cookware

  These artisans follow the traditional technique honed over ten generations working on clay from the Cauvery river delta. These last generation artisans live as a community and work together to retain what is left of their tradition. The next generation is looking for better opportunities than  take up this
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A Traditional Pongal!

Pongalo Pongal Healthier version of the Sakkarai Pongal – with Millet The harvest festival that is celebrated across the country in different forms, it is an interesting tradition where we pay our respects and pray to nature for all its support in providing a bountiful harvest. Remembering my mother using
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A Traditional Pongal!

Pongalo Pongal Healthier version of the Sakkarai Pongal – with Millet The harvest festival that is celebrated across the country in different forms, it is an interesting tradition where we pay our respects and pray to nature for all its support in providing a bountiful harvest. Remembering my mother using
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Iron man of Tenkasi

In April we visited this place to explore the traditional artisans who made the best cast iron cookware in the country. They were known for the quality of Iron being used and the craftsmanship. They were known to use the Railway grade iron, which is considered the best grade of
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Iron man of Tenkasi

In April we visited this place to explore the traditional artisans who made the best cast iron cookware in the country. They were known for the quality of Iron being used and the craftsmanship. They were known to use the Railway grade iron, which is considered the best grade of
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Meeting the makers of stone cookware (Kal Chatti)

The long pending road trip was done successfully last week. We had an opportunity to meet all the artisans we collaborate with, discuss their challenges and how Zishta can help in supporting and sustaining their traditional art. We will soon be launching a photo gallery showcasing the work that goes behind
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Meeting the makers of stone cookware (Kal Chatti)

The long pending road trip was done successfully last week. We had an opportunity to meet all the artisans we collaborate with, discuss their challenges and how Zishta can help in supporting and sustaining their traditional art. We will soon be launching a photo gallery showcasing the work that goes behind
Read More

Zishta on Amazon.in

Last few weeks have been extremely hectic and inspiring. We got a chance to interact with many customers who were excited about our products, even got our first retail placement in Chennai. We will continue to work with organic retail outlets to place our products and increase awareness among conscious
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Zishta on Amazon.in

Last few weeks have been extremely hectic and inspiring. We got a chance to interact with many customers who were excited about our products, even got our first retail placement in Chennai. We will continue to work with organic retail outlets to place our products and increase awareness among conscious
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Zishta – Targeting the Kitchen

Last few months have been exciting for team Zishta. We got to travel to different parts of Tamil Nadu, meet interesting artisans and people passionate about sustainability. These journeys and interactions have helped us to streamline our efforts around three key pillars: Sustainability of Traditional Knowledge Sustainable livelihood for rural
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Zishta – Targeting the Kitchen

Last few months have been exciting for team Zishta. We got to travel to different parts of Tamil Nadu, meet interesting artisans and people passionate about sustainability. These journeys and interactions have helped us to streamline our efforts around three key pillars: Sustainability of Traditional Knowledge Sustainable livelihood for rural
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Zishta @ the Organic Fair

I had visited the GREEN PATH an organic mega store at Malleshwaram a couple of times. I had interacted with the owner Jayaram and was impressed with his passion towards organic and driving the world towards organic produce. When I pitched the idea of Zishta and our approach in working
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Zishta @ the Organic Fair

I had visited the GREEN PATH an organic mega store at Malleshwaram a couple of times. I had interacted with the owner Jayaram and was impressed with his passion towards organic and driving the world towards organic produce. When I pitched the idea of Zishta and our approach in working
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Tribal Thoughts… a trip to the nilgiris

My travel to Coimbatore was planned keeping in mind to do three things: Meet my friend Stanley and engage him in the works of Zishta, travel to Kothagiri and spend time with a foundation that does tremendous work with the primitive tribes of Nilgiris and travel to Palakkad in search
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Tribal Thoughts… a trip to the nilgiris

My travel to Coimbatore was planned keeping in mind to do three things: Meet my friend Stanley and engage him in the works of Zishta, travel to Kothagiri and spend time with a foundation that does tremendous work with the primitive tribes of Nilgiris and travel to Palakkad in search
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Prakruthi: Scientific approach to sustainability

I was recently shifting houses from the congested Indiranagar locality to an other congested residential locality in JP nagar. A week of complete confusion and desperate activities followed: get the internet connection shifted, figure out the grocery shops near by, maid, paperwala and what not. In this mayhem I missed
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Tirunelveli: Green pastures of traditional knowledge

29th April 2016 At Tirunelveli we stayed with Varishta’s aunt. They organised a guesthouse right next to their place in the colony and we enjoyed the seclusion, coupled with their hospitality when it came to feeding us. As always, our work was never in the main city where we stayed.
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Nagercoil: Learning about natural fiber

28th April 2016 Tamil Nadu sells the worst alcohol possible in the whole world. With this government-controlled system, there are so many unknown brands that generally will not sell anywhere else. I was happy that I woke up without a hangover (Though I had just 2 bottles of an unknown
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Coastal View: Survival of traditional art forms

27th April 2016 After a days break at Srirangam, we started the second leg of our journey to Nagercoil yesterday. After a sumptuous lunch, we were literally thrown out of the house by 11:45 AM. My grandmother will not allow us to start a journey during Yamagandam – she is
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Getting back to the road trip: Searching for the one!!!

TN road trip to the himalayas and back to TN road trip: 25th April 2016, Monday 39.2 degrees C: Bangalore reached the record temperature on 24th April 2016, highest ever since these records were kept. It is becoming clearer by the day that this unbridled no holds bar development with
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Got lost in the Himalayas

I missed documenting the road trip for a very long time and there is a genuine reason for it. I went on an amazing break traveling to Shimla with family and friends to do a moderately difficult trek to the Buran Ghati Pass. At the height of 4500 M, this
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On the road

24th April 2016 The much-awaited journey through the towns of Tamil Nadu started today. Varishta, my partner in crime, was equally enthusiastic when I proposed this road trip. We need to make hay while the sun shines – and how well the sun is shining today. It’s not that we
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Let’s begin the Journey

8th of April was my last day as a steady income earner. I was confident that this new phase of life will be equally exciting. I knew the path I wanted to take was not about getting a group of people to sit in a conference room and ideate. It
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When it all started

This story is no different from many others who have taken a path less traveled before. A successful career at a large American conglomerate, adventure cycling and trekking expedition, an independent and supportive wife and still something is missing in your life. As the cliche goes, you reach that pivotal point
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