If you have ever smoked weed aka marijuana/ganja or if you know anyone who is into it, you might have come across something called ‘Idukki gold’ aka ‘Kerala gold’
Grown in the beautiful hills of Himachal Pradesh, it is pretty much a go-to stuff for stoners and available across all ‘secret corners’.
The name once again comes from where it is grown – Idukki in Kerala. The district which falls in the western ghats is an ideal setup to grow some real strong stuff.
When I say real strong stuff, that is derived from the expression and excitement of many weed smokers, I have seen when I say that “I am from Idukki”
And next will be the obvious question, “can you get me some the next time you go home?”
For which I have the same reply “really? are you out of your mind or something?”
Ok, while the name has been in circulation for sometime internationally, it was ‘glamorised’ by the 2013 movie which went by the same name dealing on the above mentioned topic.
Beyond the name
Locally known as ‘Neela Chadayan’ or simply Chadayan, which means blue curly. It is believed to be a hybrid strain of cannabis 80 per cent India and 20 per cent foreign, probably Amsterdam. The ‘expert growers’ whom I consulted were not aware of its composition anyway as it is of hardly any significance to them.
According to old-timers, the chadayan came into circulation in the 80’s with the beginning of migration to those parts of Idukki that went on to constitute the ‘High Range’. In fact, for decades this illegal ganja cultivation was the lifeline of high range, which had an abundance of forest cover those days.
They know that its cultivation is illegal and could land them in trouble if caught, but that didn’t deter dozens of youths from my village and neighbouring villages from trying to make it big year after year, sometimes spending years at a stretch in the forest. This is because most of the ‘plantations’ are huge and are owned by some heavyweights who have invested lakhs of rupees.
But with regular police and excise raids ahead of the harvest season a lot of the crop is burnt down.
This takes a toll on the cultivators as they might have been already in debt, forcing them to stay back for another year and try their luck once again. One former ganja plantation worker once told me that they even face risk life during these raids. Since the plantations are on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border they face raids from both sides, and if the that is if the raid is from Tami officials they don’t even hesitate to shoot at suspected planters.
Already excited about going to Idduki and put your hands on it? There is a bad news. You might never get it, here is why – it is not around any more. With the population growing and forest cover soon depleting along with law enforcement becoming stricter the cultivation gradually came down in Idukki. Now most of the plantation takes place along the Andhra-Odisha border a hotbed of naxalism. Even though there are huge plantations there is a difference on what is planted- it is not Idukki gold, but ‘Sheelavathi’ a local variant as it is more adapted to the region’s climate. Initially they tried to plant the original seeds but, the yield was of inferior quality forcing them to look for other viable options.
It is the presence of trans-delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient of pot, determines it quality. Ganja grown in Idukki has up to 8 percent of THC, while those from Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have only less than 5 percent of the ingredient.However it is still sold as ‘Idukki Gold’ in the market. This is because the harvested marijuana are then smuggled to Idukki from where it is sold in both local and international market as the premium brand.
Going back to the roots
This year there is a particular interest in Idukki towards ganja cultivations. This is because the main cash crop – cardamom has failed. Despite comparatively good prices this year the cardamom production is low, due to a deficit rain. This according to locals have made some to go back to the tried and tested ganja cultivation. Tough limited in the interior forests, most of the plantations are inside the Mathikettan Shola, a biodiversity park which is home to some rare flora and fauna.
Rest of the yield comes from the Andhra-Odisha border which then floods the market. In the recent years there has been another change – with raids becoming more common and authorities mapping the smuggling routes the trafficking has also changed. Now most of harvest is processed in the fields itself and are made into hashish, and only the ‘finished goods’ land in Idukki.
While it has been a lifeline for many for years there has always been a guilt feeling “shapam kittiaya kaash aanu” which means “the money is cursed”, they say.
Delhi-Based Couple’s Wedding Invite Is Going Viral..Here’s Why
A Delhi-based couple has decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations and it’s going viral on Twitter.
Marriage is a union of two people, who begin a new lease of life by taking vows and making their way into a beautiful commitment! To celebrate the unison, an extravagant affair is planned that last for almost a week. And when it comes to Indian weddings, people sometimes go the extra mile to make their D-day memorable. A Delhi-based couple is the latest addition to the list, who decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations.
Twitter handle, @Stuprous_doctor, a short while ago tweeted the images of a trendy wedding invite, said to be that of Suresh Kumar and Vidhya Priyanka BD, and Twitterati just lost it. Molded in the form of an iPhone, allegedly created by Kumar’s cousin, the invites is generating a hype for its interesting design. In accordance to a BuzzFeed report, Kumar said that despite the fact that theirs was an arranged marriage, it was speedy to bloom into love and they wanted to publicize their big decision in a “weird, quirky way” to the world.
Meet this lucky man who gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes
‘John’ is 60, divorced, and gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes. Well, “more often than not it’s just a handjob” he says.
He is one of several private investigators being hired in Australia as ‘brothel busters’, who pose as regular customers in order to unearth illegal s3x work.
“I’m pretty sure plenty of fellas would be a bit envious of how I’m earning a bit of pocket money from time to time,” he told news.com.au, replying when asked whether it was a good retirement gig: “Oh, most definitely.”
His job is necessary because authorities have little power to access premises without a court order, making it difficult to bust the brothels posing as massage parlours that are ubiquitous in New South Wales.
John can provide them with highly graphic detail about the services on offer however, filing reports that can run for up to three pages and include dates, times, people, places, who, what, when, where and how much.
“It’s a document that will be used in court, so it has to be pretty detailed and very accurate. It’s not something you can waddle off in a couple of minutes,” he said.
More often than not, he claims, the parlours are fronts.
“If you looked hard enough, you might be able to find a massage parlour that doesn’t offer s3xual services,” he said. “In my experience there have only been three premises where I have gone in and not been offered that service some time during the course of the treatment.”
John notes that while some offer intercourse which he obligingly accepts, “more often than not it’s just a handjob. They just want to get it over and done with and get the next one in.”
Lachlan Jarvis, managing director of private investigation firm Lyonswood, is in charge of hiring undercover s3x investigators.
“We prefer people who are single, and obviously they have to be willing to undertake s3xual activity,” he told news.com.au.
“It’s not your typical nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday job,” he said. “There are no time constraints, and there’s never been a stage where I’ve felt threatened or worried about my safety.”
Once She was a Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Now France’s Education Minister! Inspirational Story.
Once A Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem Is Now France’s Education Minister!
Everybody dreams of making it big in life but very few determined souls really act upon it. The story of Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is a testament to this, who overcame all the obstacles life laid at her feet and carved her own destiny.
Once a shepherd girl of four – who fetched water from the well – Najat moved to France with her family and faced the real world full of opportunities as well as struggles. The Moroccan girl who had no proficiency in French learnt the language by the end of her first year in college.
“The fact of leaving one’s country, one’s family, one’s root can be painful, my father had already found his place, but for us, for my mother, it was very difficult to get our bearings.”
Najat inherited hard work and resourcefulness from her father who laid strict rules for his daughters – no boys and no nightclubs till the age of 18. As a result, the girls completely surrendered themselves to studies.
Najat’s sister, Fatiha, is a lawyer in Paris.
While studying at the University of Amiens, Najat got the opportunity to pursue higher education with the prestigious Institut d’études politiques de (also known as Sciences Po). This set her on the path winding the political landscape in France.
Najat worked two jobs to take the financial load off her parents while pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. It is during this time she met Boris Vallaud, a fellow student, and the two married in 2005.
Najat’s political career began with her joining the Socialist Party as an adviser to the mayor of Lyon. She later ran for elections and won the seat of the Councillor. In 2012, she was appointed as the Minister of Women’s Affairs by François Hollande, the then Socialist president.
In 2014, she served as the Minister of Women’s Right, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. In a major cabinet shuffle, she was promoted to serve as the Minister of Education. While advising the youth who want to participate in the country’s politics, Najat said, “I have always advised the youths to get involved in politics. The best way to be happy with your future is by playing a part in it. If you’re just a spectator of collective fate, you’re bound to feel frustrated.”
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