Articles

Guns & Kodavas – The Rite of Passage

It is also an established custom among the natives to clothe every male child when only three years old with a kumberbund, at the age of seven they assume the Kuttee and at twelve carry a matchlock. Read More

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Kachampuli – The Preservative and Liver Saver

By: K K Aiyamma, This post first appeared at http://aiyamma.blogspot.in
Lately, when nothing to do, I have been spending some quality time in Kitchen. Experimenting more than cooking is what I do. Soon the quality time turns into a hopeless venture, and I escape the Kitchen, leaving the mess behind for my mother to take care off. Read More

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The Rides of my Life

Image: My Dad, Codanda Nanjappa Jairam – My Inspiration
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do… Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain
There are many things in life to be grateful for. First and foremost, our parents, without whom, we would not be here. Read More

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Portraits of Coorg Royalty – Lingarajendra, The Daughter-in-Law & The Grandson

Portrait of Lingarajendra Wodeyar, Brother of the previous King – Dodda Veera Rajendra(DVR). He usurped the throne on which the daughter of DVR – Devammaji held sway and took over Coorg.  He made a request to the Coorg Chiefs for allowing him to rule, and the request was denied. Read More

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A Personal Experience with General K S Thimayya

Image:  © Joseph Scherschel/Time & Life Pictures
By Col N.C. Cariappa
This article which I write on General Kodandera Subayya Thimayya, is a personal account that stretches back to 1926 when I was five years old till the date of his demise in December 1965. Read More

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The Coorg Ballad – I Am A Mountaineer

Image: 19th Century Coorg(Kodava), BMA C-30.69.030
The Ballad was sung by young Coorgs(Kodavas) during the Kailpodh Festival. I have put it as documented by Richter, with edits.
[quote style=”1″]To the taste of “Young Coorg” the Kaylmurta is the most glorious of all festivals and the popular song of the Coorg Mountaineer does full justice to this sentiment. Read More

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The Sleeping Kings

Doddavirarajendra, the most famous of the Haleri rulers of Coorg chose his final resting place on a leveled hilltop at the northern end of Madikeri town. Enclosed by high mud embankments, is a pair of elegant tombs, known as Gaddige, amongst the most memorable monuments in Coorg. Read More

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A Romance In The Forest

The Marriage Pavilion of Doddavirarajendra and Mahadevamma
Doddavirarajendra, the swashbuckling 18th century Rajah of Coorg was the most famous ruler of this tiny, erstwhile kingdom. Read More

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Princess Gouramma and her Goan Origins

Princess Victoria Gowramma of Coorg(La Princesse Victoria Gouramma De Coorg) Image: http://www.antique-prints.de
Yeah, you read the title right. But I am not the one trying to claim anything near. That is by one Udayraj Gadnis in an article titled: “Lost Goan Treasure” in TOI by Shruti Pandit. Seems Mr. Read More

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A bitter-sweet journey into the land of soldiers

Late Subedar B N Ayyappa with Mrs.Kaveriamma
Most of the Ex-Servicemen of yore, who joined the British Indian Armed Forces during early 1940s, and participated in World War – II, is no more. However, there are still numerous widows of World War – II Veterans, around 70 odd years of age, living in Mysore and Kodagu region, who narrate their helplessness & pathetic stories. Read More

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