Like consumers around the globe, Indians are flocking to the online
marketplace in droves these days. But there's one unusual item flying
off the virtual shelves: Online retailers say cow dung patties are
selling like hot cakes.
The patties — cow poop mixed with hay and dried in the sun, made mainly by women in rural areas and used to fuel fires — have long been available in India's villages. But online retailers including Amazon and eBay are now reaching out to the country's ever-increasing urban population, feeding into the desire of older city folks to harken back to their childhood in the village.