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Trout Farming in Kashmir

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In the early hours of the morning, just after sunrise, hundreds of anglers make their way to the banks of Kashmir’s numerous rivers, fed by the melting glaciers of the Himalayas, baiting their hooks, waiting to cast their rods into the fluid mountain streams.
The water is normally exceptionally clear unless it had rained the night before and the rivers, with their deceptive currents, are swollen with rainwater that washes away rocks and sediments from the fertile green banks.
The prized catch of the day - trout (brown trout), a species of freshwater fish that rarely survives in warm Asiatic conditions but thrives in Kashmir’s twenty three major rivers. It is a testament to the state’s resolute, ecologically friendly, environment.
Be it for sport or a means to an alternate income the cold water breed of fish is highly sought after. A cooked serving of rainbow trout (the most common freshwater trout) contains approximately 981 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids namely eicosapentaenoic acid…

Vampire Myths (Eastern) - Raja Bersiong

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Vampire myths are common both in the East and the West and while the normal perception is that the vampire originated from Transylvania there are many other myths around the world that incorporate the vampire element.
For long periods in its contemporary history Kedah was under Siamese rule and on one particular occasion it came under the influence of a particularly intimidating monarch. At birth he was given the name Raja Ong Maha Perita Daria but he was more commonly known as Raja Bersiong. According to legend, despite the vice like grip he had on his kingdom, Raja Bersiong lived in constant fear and the threat of being assassinated perpetually loomed over him like a dark cloud.
He was so afraid that even when he went to sleep, he had guards posted around his bed. He devised outlandish methods to counter any threats on his life including leaving all culinary matters in the hands of two cooks. Only they prepared his food and no one else touched any of the ingredients that went into his…

The Tamang Shaman

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The old weathered shaman sits idly on a block of land that he calls his own, handed down to him no doubt by his predecessors who had either purchased the land or were granted the title to it, for services rendered during colonial times. He stares out in the open, seated on a rickety stool on the verandah of a hut surrounded by the banana trees that he grows for a living. The sun is high and its luminous rays beat relentlessly down on the rugged graveled land below.
The sounds of distant drumming echo over the horizon and he hums a little tune. In the valley below a group of young men are beating on a set of tin pan drums. He sings of a young man, on the verge of death, whose soul leaves his body and drifts towards the clouds and there he meets a young maiden and he is instantly taken in by her. His soul returns to his body and the maiden follows him back.
The clock strikes twelve and it will soon be time for lunch. He gets off the stool and makes his way to the rear of the hut where he …

Nepal Aquaculture

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Nepal is a landlocked country located north of the Indian border, with no sea access and therefore it is heavily reliant on inland marine resources to meet and sustain the domestic demand for fish and fish based products.
A predominantly Hindu nation, more than 80% of Nepal’s population are Hindu’s, fish based protein is an important source of nutrition and sustenance, given the lower intakes of red meat Hindu nations have when compared to other countries.
Aquaculture in Nepal started in the 1940s, so it’s by no means a new industry, but progress has been slow, stalled or hampered, by a lack of R & D in the sector. Freshwater fish are normally cultivated in natural ponds and the most popular species to be bred in captivity are carps and carp variants, possibly because they are easier to cultivate in controlled environments when compared to other species of fish, and over the years, carp poly-culture in ponds have become the most viable type of aquaculture in Nepal and currently acco…

Uttara Huddar - Sharada IV

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The Sharada phases lasted from a day up to 6 weeks. The median duration was approximately 2 days but the average duration, because of two long phases that lasted 41 and 43 days, was slightly over eight and a half days.
Despite initially being unaware of each other both Uttara and Sharada over time began to drop hints that they were growing accustomed to each other. Uttara from what I have read so far appears to be an auspicious or fortuitous child.
I am going to revert back, temporarily at least, to Uttara’s parents. Prior to her birth Uttara’s mother had received intimation of being bitten on the foot by a cobra (Sharada died as a result of being bitten on the toe by a cobra and she would withdraw her foot in fear whenever a cobra was mentioned).
Working along the same lines, Uttara’s father had a fascination for Bengali people and all things Bengali and it leads to me to the conclusion that Sharada’s parents whose names she gave as Brajanath Chattopadhaya (father) and Renuka Devi (moth…

Uttara Huddar - Sharada III

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Sharada lived with her maternal aunt and I can’t help but wonder as to what happened to her parents. There appears to be no mention of them. Sharada was a native Bengali speaker and behaved in the manner of an orthodox married Bengali woman. She appeared somewhat shy and demure and in the initial stages anyway she did not recognize Uttara’s parents, her siblings or any of her friends.
It was like she had stepped out of another time zone, maybe she was trapped at a specific point in time, it’s impossible to say. Either way she appeared to be oblivious to the changes that had occurred since her death.
In short there were two different people that inhabited the same body, each unaware of the other, at least at the start anyway.
Could this be a case of reincarnation? I doubt it. In instances of reincarnation the subject remembers his or her past life in light of his or her present life as opposed to completely assuming another identity. I am convinced that we are dealing with two different p…

Uttara Huddar - Sharada II

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In 1974 Uttara’s life changed completely when her personality was suddenly and unexpectedly supplanted by a new personality that appeared without notice. The name of the new personality that appeared was Sharada and she was completely different from Uttara. From all accounts and from cross referencing the details that were given by interviewers, researchers came to the conclusion that Sharada was someone who had lived between 1810 – 1830 in the state of Bengal and had died more than a century prior to Uttara’s birth.
Among all the alternate personalities that I have researched or come across, I’m particularly fascinated by Sharada because of the drastic and sometimes dramatic changes that occurred when Sharada was in control.
Is it possible for two separate souls or spirits to share or inhabit the same body? The answer in short is yes. It is common among shamans and it includes changes in their voice and in their mannerisms. These changes are not exhaustive and at times they may acquire…

Uttara Huddar - Sharada I

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The case of Uttara Huddar and her alternate personality Sharada presents us with a unique opportunity to study what might possibly be an actual case of an external alternate personality entering the body of another, which results in dramatic changes to the actual person.
Let us start by looking into the personalities of both Uttara Huddar and her alternate personality Sharada to give us some understanding of both personalities and to try and comprehend the cultural diversities that separate both personalities and the salient features or factors that brought them together and eventuated in a melding of sorts. Before we go any further let me just say that I am not at all convinced that this is a case of possession in the ordinary sense of the word.
Uttara Huddar was born on Friday, the 14th of March 1941 (Friday is a day synonymous to Sukracharya. Persons born on this day, theologically at least, have the faculty to see into the past, present and the future and have an affinity to the dea…

Gretchen Gottlieb II

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There are 3 possibilities that I would like to consider here. The first is that there is a genetic link i.e. a genetic component that stores the memories of earlier generations and hands it down to the next. These memories maybe repressed or suppressed memories and they may never come to light until and unless they are triggered by a specific event. In the case of Delores it was the act of subjecting her to hypnotic sleep.
However that would imply that there is a familial bond but according to the facts as they are, Gretchen was an only child and she died childless at a very young age. Therefore despite the theory being valid and applicable in certain situations, it does not warrant further examination in this particular instance.
The second possibility is that Caroll Jay whether intentionally or otherwise may have used a technique known as past life regression. It works on the principle that our mind is an unlimited storage facility and all things past, present and future are stored in…