Himalayan Flour Mills: A Perishing Tradition.

My Grandfather is always my inspiration and he will always be my instructor. He keep me telling stories of what he has witnessed throughout his life, the hardships he has gone through and how he saw the world changing marvelously in a shorter span of some years. He told me, we when he was of my age he hadn’t even boarded a bus, seeing a train or a plane was a far away dream. Situation in india changed suddenly after independence, we made much progress everywhere.

We got access to modern technology which influenced every sphere of our life. Our cultural life got changed and soon the ancient traditions either lost their value or simply faded away with the coming of better technology.

One such was our traditional flour mill( called as GHARAT in our local language) which uses water to rotate a shaft and the whole apparatus when put to work provide us with healthy flour.

It is believed that our ancestors were physically very strong and their strength came from their healthy eating habits. They didn’t knew the term adulteration. Everything they ate was pure, they didn’t used urea in their fields. They ate organic food and organic vegetables.

With passing time these mills were replaced by the modern flour mills which run on electric motors. There are many reasons for the depletion of our ancient mills which are not to be seen easily these days, there are a very few remaining these days.

Grandfather says our gharat was cleaned by a flood completely during 80’s , since most of them are located in the valley near the streams. Floods have destroyed many of them, some of which were again put to use by their owners but most of them got swept forever.

Another reason was the growth of population which needs more and more, but the traditional mills run on a slow pace. Apart from this the newcomers didn’t continued their ancestral tradition. Modern man is always running short of time he don’t want to visit traditional mills which are located far away from the village settlements in the valleys.

Modern flour mills are located road sides and can do the same work in very shorter time. Man saved time but this time saving eventually led him to lose his health. Ancient traditions are replaced by modern adulterated systems which saves time but has its own dark side. Today the world is facing a variety of diseases, many of which are caused by eating unhealthy food.

Development and deterioration go hand in hand, if one side wins it is for sure that some else has lost. Ancient tradition and culture is slowly fading away, and there is a dire need to protect and preserve it for our own betterment. We have to act smart and join hands to protect and preserve whatever we can, for our betterment and for the mother nature we have to go nature friendly.

I can’t do enough but i have taught many, the health benefits these ancient traditions provide. I wish this post encourage a few more to go organic and visit a nearby traditional mill.

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15 thoughts on “Himalayan Flour Mills: A Perishing Tradition.

  1. Lovely post nice informative and pictures are perfectly used.my grandfather is lifestyle motivates me too.

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    1. i thank you some much dear. 😊😊😊

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  2. Thanks for writing about ghraat… I always try to bring flour when I come back from the mountains, because even if I eat 10 rotis made out of ghraat flour I feel normal and it is easily digested.

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    1. big brother tell me the next time you come to our side,i will provide you sweet corn roti with lassi

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      1. For sure! That sounds so awesome and nice, thanks. Do you live in Bhaderwah?

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      2. yes Big bro.. I live here in bhaderwah. wbu..?

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  3. Great blog. The pictures are so amazing. And there are so much to explore the combination of new and old makes your post quite ibformative

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    1. i thank you so much ma’am, your appreciation really means a lot to a beginner like me πŸ™

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  4. I have seen one of these during trekking trip in Himalayas. It seemed quite old. You are right, this may not survive over a period of time.

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    1. we are losing much of our traditional values and this is so heartbreaking.

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      1. I can understand what you mean. Money coupled with globalisation does kill the local culture

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