“Farming adds years to your life and life to your years”

– Sona Shaukath


The beauty and gist of farming are the love for the soil, the beautiful produce, and the unconditional respect and adoration for food. Farming and gardening were never just a profit-earning journey. It means so much more. It means giving away a part of themselves when the customer buys their product.

The most difficult task is to give away the best products without mixing them with harsh chemicals and fertilizers. Fertilizers become necessary as the plant-eating pests tend to destroy the crops. It is also important to boost the growth of the plants. Chemical Fertilizers drift towards destroying the land and the water that flows brushing the land area.

Due to these reasons, the gravity of the use of Natural fertilizers and Home-made fertilizers is gaining attention. As the name suggests, home-made fertilizers are the natural fertilizers that can be easily prepared at home. Some of the best home-made fertilizers include:

  • Vegetable waste: Vegetable waste is a great source of many nutrients necessary to the plants. Make your own compost using the same. It will help to increase the quality and moisture of the soil.
  • Manure: Manure comes from different sources including horses, cows, chickens, and many more. They are rich in nitrogen and other nutrients. Raw manure is highly acidic and has a high risk of burning your plants. Compost it before using them as fertilizer.
  • Tree leaves: Tree leaves are usually bagged up and are made to settle in a corner. These leaves are an abundant source of minerals, which can earthworms to keep soil moisturized and lighter.
  • Coffee grounds: Coffee grounds can be recycled to acidify the soil for the growth of plant-like blueberries, roses, and tomatoes. They can be easily sprinkled on the top or by soaking them up to a week to make garden coffee, then use it to water your plants.
  • Eggshells: Eggshells are 93% calcium carbonate and can reduce the acidity of the soil. They contain calcium which is an essential nutrient to help in the growth of the plant. Wash out the eggshells, save them, and crush them to sprinkle above your soil.
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Acid Attack: A Burning Issue in India

By Charu Kirti

Women constitute an important part of society. They are responsible for giving birth to live but unfortunately, they are made to lose their lives in name of different brutalities committed against them. Whenever a woman decides to raise her voice against her substandard position in the patriarchal society, she is shunned by different means, either by acid physical abuse, or by burning her to death. Over the best decade, India has been witnessing an alarming growth of acid attack, especially on women.

A study revealed that 78% of the reported acid attack case is for refusal to marriage or a rejection of romance. “Acid attack on young women” is some of the headline’s newspaper. The most common type of acid utilized in these assaults includes sulphuric, nitric, and hydrochloric acid. Attackers will usually throw acid on the face, resulting in scarring, deformity, and permanent injuries. The treatment is a prolonged one and the victims go through several surgeries, each more painful than the one before.

‘The Criminal Law’ (Amendment) Act 2013, the guidelines by the Supreme Court of India the regulations have become stricter. But the survey of 2014 showed a 300% increase in the total number of acid attack cases reported. Our legal and medical systems have also proved very weak while dealing with such cases. Section 326 A in the Indian Penal Code lays down the punishment for acid attackers. The minimum punishment is 10 years imprisonment. It can extend up to life imprisonment with fine. A separate law to punish offenders in such cases was passed along with amendment of the law on sexual offenses.

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Migrant workers’ plight in India

When the whole country and the government was paying attention to international travelers, nobody cared about the millions of migrant workers inside the country. With just four hours of notice before the nation-wide lockdown, many migrant workers’ who depend on daily wages were stuck in cities with no employment or help from the government. With no accommodation or transport facility, migrants started walking thousands of miles to their homes. Which lead to a lot of disasters.

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Online classes and rural students.

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, all the schools and colleges have shut down to encourage social distancing. Due to which teaching has shifted from the traditional classroom teaching to a very new online form of teaching. It is new for both students and teachers, due to which the quality has decreased to some degree. This is the scenario in the urban cities, but the rural regions who are not privileged enough to have access to internet or maybe even a laptop or a smartphone are suffering and deprived of their right to education.

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