Thursday, July 9, 2009

'Sanjha Chulhas': A Way To Unite People In Punjab

Not everything lasts for long. This comes after we carried a story on how Sikkim still retains their culture. Angora shawl is still a favourite among people there, and the tourism Dept. has taken the initiative to do the best the preserve the same. But this, may not be the case in the northern state of India, Punjab.

Sanjha Chulha or, traditional common oven has been a part of Punjabi tradition for ages, however, it has been losing it popularity for quite some time. But the non-governmental organisation is making efforts to save it from being forgotten. So far, the N.G.O. has installed six 'Sanjha Chulhas' or common ovens across Fazilka to popularlise it, and at the same time enable poor housewives to cook their meals twice a day.


When asked on what their take on the issue is, the N.G.O. Says, "In modern times, when prices of LPG cylinders are skyrocketing, it will help poor people cut costs". They add: "A traditional oven like this enables 10-15 families to cook food besides being eco-friendly as well."

Varun Gagneja, project coordinator, Graduates Welfare Association further explains: "We want to send out a message to the whole world that we care about global warming. The fossil fuels generate carbon dioxide, nitrogen and other poisonous gases, which harm the atmosphere. So we have come up with Sanjha Chulha project." He adds: "This will reduce the use of fossil fuel at homes. The natural fuels like wood and coal don't harm atmosphere like fossil fuels. In this way, we will be able to help in the progress of our country and the differences among people will also be reduced when they cook food together."

In this way, we will be able to help in the progress of our country and the differences among people will also be reduced when they cook food together.
So, what does the newly introduced technique involves? The Sanjha Chulha brings together women from different communities to cook meals at the common oven. And, it strengthens bonds. The process had been quite a popular thing in rural punjab, but with time, less people opted for it.

However, by reviving the tradition of `Sanjha Chulha', Fazilka's Graduates Welfare Association has done a great service to community. The testimony is what people say about it today. "This oven should be kept in different areas of the villages and the cities," said one of the residents. He adds: "It will help improve relations among people. They can share all their happiness, sorrows and pains with each other."

Meanwhile, people of Fazilka are savoring delicious meals cooked in an earthen oven. Breads baked in such ovens are considered good for health and tastes distinctly. So, for those who are planning to be heading to the state of Punjab, one thing is for sure: some relishing time awaits you.

The process has been a part of the initiative by the Graduates Welfare Association, an NGO, working to save the environment and strengthen the community

http://living.oneindia.in/insync/2009/sanjha-chulhas-people-punjab-090709.html

2 comments:

Shyamola Khanna said...

this sounds like such a wonderful thing -- for the community as well as for preserving heritage.
best of luck and I sincerely hope you can spread the word.

shyamola

Shyamola Khanna said...

this sounds like such a wonderful thing -- for the community as well as for preserving heritage.
best of luck and I sincerely hope you can spread the word.

shyamola