Aug 19, 2013

Books aimed to protect traditional knowledge - The New Indian Express

Books aimed to protect traditional knowledge - The New Indian Express: "eds are small and scarlet red with a black spot at one tip”, “My small shiny seeds have been used as a unit of weight by Indian goldsmiths in olden days” are all tips for children to identify those all-time favourite ‘kunnikkuru’ in the ‘Student’s Handbook on Medicinal and Food Plants’ brought out by Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI).

The book, authored by S Rajasekharan, P G Latha, N Mohanan, Mathew Dan, Vinodkumar T G Nair, M Navas and C S Vimalkumar, is sure to hold any child’s attention with clues such as “My leaves resemble an open umbrella”, “I am a memory enhancer” and “My Sanskrit name is Mandookaparni” for what is known as ‘Kudangal’ in Malayalam and Indian pennywort in English."

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