Modern times and an iconic brew.
Culture by Monica Jha & Sriram VittalamurthyMay 31, 2018
At 5:30 a.m. in April, the sun shines down on the Jagdalpur-Raipur highway in Chhattisgarh. A turn near Babu Kohaka in North Bastar Kanker leads to a village road flanked by bare trees. The air is pregnant with a sweet, pungent smell.At Badegauri village, a cream-coloured carpet of flowers engulfs the ground near the trees. This is the mahua flower windfall Devlal Teta and his family waits and prays for. They have been at work since before dawn, picking the flowers in a circle with the tree at it
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