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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

The Ballad was sung by young Coorgs(Kodavas) during the Kailpodh Festival. I have put it as documented by Richter, with edits.
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: https://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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B.B.Subbaiah may be right. The Coorg Investor Meet seems like a Land Grab Meet

Forests and Villages around Madikeri Town.  Image By Rameshng  via Wikimedia Commons
The Coorg Investors Meet which concluded at Madikeri on Monday is turning out to be a murky deal.  The meet involved govt entertaining investors who want to invest in Coorg and govt proposing to offer lands to them around Madikeri. According to the news reports, 25,000 acres around Madikeri are up for grabs. Read More

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A bitter-sweet journey into the land of soldiers

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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Tuluva Kingdom and Kodava Inscription ?

Image: Vittal from Google Maps Grab. Vittal is around 100 kms from Madikeri
There is an interesting article in The Hindu about the Vittala(Vittal) Kingdom in Mangalore and its descendents the Heggade Family. The article provides information about the erstwhile Vittala Kingdom, its lineage, palace and customs. Something very interesting to note is that it has a Kodava connection. Read More

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Ode to Coorg

Image: Kaveri Ponnapa
By: Chayaa Najappa
COORG,THE LAND I HAVE BEEN BORN,
NEVER LETS ONE FEEL FORLORN.
THE LAND OF RIVER KAVERI,
IS TOO FABULOUS TO BE TRUE.
BLESSED WITH SCENIC BEAUTY IN ABUNDANCE,
AND KNOWN FOR PEOPLE WITH AN AURA & CONFIDENCE.
FOR THE SMALL COMMUNITY THAT WE
ARE,
FAME & NAME WE HAVE ACHIEVED TOO FAR. Read More

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SUBEDAR B.M. UTHAIAH: TALE OF A FORGOTTEN WORLD WAR–II SOLDIER

Late Subedar Balatikalanda Medappa Uthaiah was born in Virajpet , Coorg  on 13 November 1908. He did his schooling in Virajpet.   After completing his S.S.L.C. (10th Standard), he took up a job in a Co-Operative Society in Mysore. He was a very good sportsman and a brilliant hockey player.  He used to actively participate in various athletic meets and hockey tournaments. Read More

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