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Solar Energy Without Panels -Age Old Technique


The summer is at its peak
households turn busy.
The womenfolk list 
their buys.

It reads, Mangoes 100 .
 eggplants  10 kilo, 
broadbeans 10 kilos,
onion 10 kilo. sundaikai  1 kilo.

Kitchens become the hub of activity.
Cutting,  steaming, sauteing, filing the 
cooked in  palmyra  baskets, transfeering 
to the courtyard,

Olai pais” are laid in the area 
open to the sky, the steamed eggplants 
are spread in seamless order, 
 other vegetables follow  suite.

Mangoes are ripped off their skins
cut with precision, smeared 
with salt, kept overnight. Enter 
the company of others, next day

Finely chopped onions mixed 
with  ground“tur dal”,
red chilly, coriander leaves, cast as 
small balls occupy  the central stage.

What an aura of colour!
yellow, red, green,  delighted 
I watch them dry 
in the bright sunlight.