Whose noodle is it anyway?

Chinese scholar Zhu Xi wrote several odes during the second century BC, and his Ode to Bing is the longest of his all works, and it gives us the idea about the sense of the origin of noodles and their preparation. These were referred to as bing in Chinese texts. The history of noodles is…

Unconventional love stories from India

Valentine’s day has finally approached. A day to bestow love and admiration upon that every person who holds a special place in your heart. And, whose presence has been marked with golden letters in your life. Several stories are there surrounding this special day, and the bond of love, in general. But today, I am…

Valentine and Kamadeva, the Indian Cupid

The most delightful season of the year, Spring is here! And I could not be more excited. As the flowers have started blooming in my backyard garden, I can sense the arrival of the day-of-love just around the corner. Don’t you? Valentine and the Indian Cupid Valentine’s day often gets connected with the Cupid —…

7 facts you didn’t know about your Christmas tree

Did you know Christmas trees are not just a Christmas tradition alone? For ages people in many countries believed that having an evergreen would keep witches, evil spirits and illness away. Around the winter solstice, ancient people believed that the sun god was weak in this time but will come back healthy and powerful. Having…

Happy Diwali!

We wish you all a very happy and prosperous diwali. WHAT IS PLANTSCIENCE? PlantScience blog is an insightful discussion to understand and explain the science behind the great success of plants – how plants live, survive. Nature at its best is a great repository of knowledge and most of it is still a mystery to our…

Diwali customs across borders

Did you know all of the festivals have a different significance depending on where you are celebrating it? Diwali, one of the biggest festivals in India, is a festival of lights, sweets and victory of good over evil. Though the main theme is common across the country, the way we celebrate it differs as we…

Nadar Brothers, the cracker entrepreneurs

Sivakasi was a sleepy little town established in the 15th century by Harikesari Parakkirama Pandian. With black soil that doesn’t get enough rain to grow any crops other than cotton, chillies and millets, people in this town had nothing of interest happening until two brothers did something amazing. Within few years Sivakasi claimed its place…

Did we borrow crackers from the Chinese?

With Diwali around the corner, the festive frenzy is at its peak. We are all geared up to have fun. But is it fun without crackers, diyas and friends? Buying crackers brings back so many memories from childhood. It was a ritual we all would wait eagerly.  Would you like to know about the origin of firecrackers?…

7 pumpkin facts you didn’t know

Pumpkins facts & health benefits Pumpkins originated in North America around 5500 BC Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables Pumpkins grow (almost) everywhere Pumpkin word originated from “pompions,” which meant ‘gross melons’ Pumpkins are 90% water Pumpkins are full of valuable nutrients, high in antioxidants Pumpkins are linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers They…

Was Halloween started in India by Aryans and taken to Celtic region?

“Place me in that deathless, undecaying world,where the light of heaven shines in everlasting lustre. . .Make me immortal in that realm . . . where the worlds are filled with light;in that realm of bliss let me realize my immortality.”– Rig Ved Samhita If you are celebrating Halloween, you must wonder if this is…