Anand Mahindra recently shared a video of a mechanical device which he found to be "primitive" but "efficient and stunningly beautiful". The clip appears to be of a pounding machine powered by a local waterbody."In an age where we’re surrounded by electronic gadgetry, this ‘primitive’ mechanical device is not just efficient and sustainable but also stunningly beautiful. Not just a machine but a mobile sculpture," the industrialist tweeted.
यह उपकरण कुशल भी है और खूबसूरत भी। In an age where we’re surrounded by electronic gadgetry, this ‘primitive’ mechanical device is not just efficient & sustainable but also stunningly beautiful. Not just a machine but a mobile sculpture… pic.twitter.com/JzhDmYriCw
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 28, 2022
Responding to Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra's tweet, many Twitter users shared how the traditional device continues to be used in several regions across the country and in neighbouring nations to pound grains.
"Sir, This traditional manual pounding of rice is called Dhinki kuta rice in Odisha. Still practiced by many tribal farmers," commented Adisha (@tdccol). "This is also available in my village, Gonda, UP. This is very common old technology," wrote user Jaindra Tripathi @JaindraTripath.
"Sir in Vietnam and my home town we have these at every nook and corner," wrote Smart (@smart94962010). Another Twitter user Mohinder Pal Singh Aulakh (@AulakhMPS) commented "Good way of harnessing water energy. People have been using the same principle to run 'gharats' (flour mills). Seems the turbines for generating power are on similar lines, though refined."
Rice pounders R commonly used in Southeast Asia to dehull rice or to turn rice into rice flour. Device has similar functionality to a mortar & pestle,but one in Doi Pui(a Hmong Village in northern province of Chiang Mai in Thailand)is water-driven to conserve manual labor #dhenki pic.twitter.com/aHHotv4kZA— Manoj K Jha aka Manu (@manojgjha) July 28, 2022
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