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A Generation in making Chaku
The techniques of making food are precious when it is passed down to the generation. And when the family works together it is more worthy. Nuchha Narayan, 55, learnt the skills to make Chaku from his father. His grandfather also made Chakus. He is a father of four daughter and three sons. The children also have already inherited the Chaku-making skills. They help Nuchha in running his business. “As our father said, earlier, there were small sugarcane fields in Tokha and Chaku was made using them. However, molasses are used these days. When I started making Chaku, we worked in Kamalachi but since the process emitted smoke continuously, people complained regarding the same. We then moved to Nardevi, Makkhangalli, and finally to our own home at Tokha. This is a seasonal work. Other than this, I am the officer-in-charge at Bhootkhel forest,” said Nuchha. Laxumaya is the head women in the family. She also works in the factory. Roman Shrestha is Nuchha‘s grandson. As the winter vacation is on, he helps his father in factory. “I love swinging molasses and it is fun to be around,” said Roman.