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    The President of the Indian Golf Union, Rohit Amit, hailed Indian team’s performance. “This performance of the Indian team shows how Indian golf has progressed in recent times. They won a silver medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou and then the Asian Junior gold and now the bronze at the prestigious Nomura Cup.

    “The Indian team has been going great guns and we have a fine bunch of young players, who will bring more laurels to the country. Individual performances of players like Khalin Joshi, third at Nomura Cup, besides Abhijit Chadha, winner of Faldo Series Asia Grand Final and Chikkarangappa shows Indian golf is in a very good health

    ” The High Performance coach of the Indian Golf Union, Alan Singh, said, “The Indian boys were superb and they did well on each of the four days and sometimes under very tough conditions. Their combination was excellent and this should be great for Indian golf.”

    Final Team standings (after four rounds): 1. Australia 207 + 212 + 220 + 201 = 840 2. New Zealand 211 + 224 + 217 + 209 = 861 3. India 208 + 226 + 220 + 211 = 865 4. Korea 218 + 213 + 232 +207 = 870 5. Japan 215 + 233 + 233 + 206 = 887 Indian golfers’ final Individual scores: Khalin Joshi 285 (-3) T-3 Chikkarangappa 291 (+3) T-7 Abhijit Chadha 294 (+6) T-12 Angad Cheema 300 (+12) T-25.

    source: http://www.ibnlive.in.com/ PTI / August 19th, 2011


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    Badminton fans in the country cannot stop raving about the exploits of doubles stars Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who created history last Sunday by winning a medal in the World Badminton championship after a gap of 28 years. While the two girls made news across the country, it seems the Badminton Association of India (BAI), or more precisely their official website, is completely unaware of their heroics.

    Even after a week, the official website is completely oblivious to the performance of the Indian contingent in London and is more bothered about publishing the internal circulars and other mundane stuff like appointment of technical officials and other committees.

    The attitude of those maintaining the website is no different from the overall approach of the sports administrators, who are happy holding on to their chairs rather than looking to be proactive to popularise the game.

    Shuttlers Jwala Gutta (foreground) and Ashwini Ponnappa created history last Sunday by winning a medal in the World Championship after a gap of 28 years. Reuters


    The last few years have been the best period for Indian badminton since the Prakash Padukone era. In fact, I would say the situation is even better than the 70s and 80s when Padukone was the lone flag-bearer of the country on the international stage. Today, there are many players who have been performing consistently at the highest level and there are at least three disciplines in which India can aim to win medals in major international tournaments.

    Such a situation should be an open invitation for any sports administrator to try and popularise the sport and what can be a better way than to build the marketing strategy around the players, whom the fans and even the corporate world can relate to.

    And the officials need not look beyond their very own Saina Nehwal, who has become a household name once she signed up with a sports management firm and the company began building her image around the “I will do anything to succeed” attitude.

    Thankfully, almost all the top players in the country are very articulate and can connect to the masses very easily. But somehow, the ‘shuttler’ seems to be the least important entity in the badminton set-up in India and the badminton activities that are organised during a season are more out of compulsion than with a long-term plan for the benefit of the players.

    The last concrete step for the development of sport was taken back in 2000, under the leadership of Padukone, when the prize money structure was introduced in the domestic circuit and a national ranking system put in place.

    The BAI honchos made us believe that their endeavour to host major international events in the country since 2009 was an attempt to provide the players an opportunity to grow. But instead, in the first two years, they put restrictions on Indians participating in these tournaments under the pretext that “the image of the country” will be tarnished if players lost in the initial rounds.

    Even after the Commonwealth Games, where India won two gold medals and a team silver, the association members indulged in the capital instead of arranging an event or a sponsorship deal as a token of appreciation for the players.

    But what can one expect from an association which has still not bothered to put in place a basic mechanism of providing the media with the results of domestic and international tournaments, which is very important to keep the sport and sportsperson in public memory.

    In these circumstances, expecting the association to promote the cause of players by building an interface between fans and sportspersons seems to be a distant dream. But the very least a player can expect is a mention of his/her achievement on the website and a word of appreciation from those running the sport.

    source: http://www.FirstPost.com / blog > shuttle talk> / Aug 22nd, 2011

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    August 27th, 2011adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Bizzare and quirky seem to have become the party crowds’ best loved words of late. And it is not just the theme parties that we are talking about. A series of parties held in the city during the recent past shed light on the trend of wild and mad parties that are fast catching up with the young, hip underground crowd.

    The Mad Stupid party hosted last week was a perfect example of a whacky and wild riot. DJ Nikhil Chinappa who played at the event, feels that though these offbeat parties are far from being a phenomenon yet, they are fast picking up with people of all age groups. “People today want to be far more expressive when they go out,” he says.

    Clearly, these crazy bashes are well scoring over the routine club culture and dance parties. People are seeking for relaxed fun. “You don’t need alcohol or drugs or go out in fancy cars and dress up in expensive suits and shoes just to go to a plush club and party,” says Nikhil. “All you need is your close set of friends and some good humour for the party to rock. And yeah, I don’t want to be philosophical here (sniggers).”

    The party had a short theatrical performance by a ‘Joker’ from Batman, a Justin Beiber, and Spiderman — all three churning out rib tickling drama on stage.

    The bootleggers party held in the city last night was again a one of its kind bash. Organised by Chondamma Cariappa, an active blogger, the party is meant to bring people together on an unusually common ground — the fetish for boots. Cariappa started her blog called ‘Sole sisters’ 11 months back and has women from all across the world contributing to it by sending in pictures of their shoes and discussing the price ranges and shops.

    “I recently had a girl from Mumbai posting a photo of her boots, to which another woman reacted saying, ‘Where in Mumbai do you get to wear these pretty boots?’ And that is when I decided to arrange this party where people can flaunt their boots,” says Cariappa.

    The Jungle theme party (held at Bonobo a couple of weeks back) too became quite a rage. With people dressed up as cheetahs and monkeys, this was a wild bash, literally!

    source: http://www.dnaindia.com/ by Shreya Badola / Home> Lifestyle> Report / Place Mumbai, Agency DNA / Thursday Aug 25th, 2011


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    August 23rd, 2011adminBusiness & Economy, Uncategorized


    The much-anticipated dream of the villagers to get a hanging bridge for Cauvery river near Kanive Sri Ramalingeshwara Temple in the north Kodagu region, has at last come true.

    A hanging bridge for Cauvery river has been built by Malenadu Area Development Authority at a cost of Rs.42 lakh by using modern technology. The attractive bridge, constructed under the guidance of hanging bridge expert from Sullia, Girish Bharadwaj, is now ready for inauguration. It is the nearest bridge connecting Kodagu and its neighbour Mysore district. This bridge lessens the distance between various border villages including Dodda Kamarahalli, Shyanubhoganahalli, Dindigaadu, Muttina Mullusoge, Kanagalu, Hanumanthapura, Karadilakkana Kere of Periyapatna taluk in Mysore district and Kodagu valley, Bhuvanagiri, Huluse, Hakke, Koodige, Marooru, Hebbale and other villages of Kodagu district.

    Girish Bharadwaj, who has built the bridge with the help of 20 labourers in two months, says the help and trust of the villagers of the valley has been memorable. Two concrete pillars of two metre width and 33 feet height on two sides of the river are balancing the 83.5-metre- long hanging bridge with the help of iron ropes. Galvansied iron cables are fitted to the sides of the bridge for safety, Girish said.

    The hanging bridge is a result of the special interest shown by MLA Appachu Ranjan, who heeded to the requests of the villagers for a bridge. Until now, the villagers including students crossed the river on the dangerous canal bridge built for lift irrigation to reach Kodagu for their daily business and schools and colleges. Many women commuted to Kudloor everyday for coffee curing works and it was difficult for them to return home at dark after 7 pm on the dangerous old bridge. The new hanging bridge has facilitated the villagers from both sides of the river to carry out their daily activities without much hassle, said Sri Ramalingeshwara Temple Committee President E.S. Ganesh, expres-sing his happiness that both the temple and tourism will improve due to the hanging bridge.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / by Raghu Hebbale / August 22nd, 2011

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    August 23rd, 2011adminNri's / Pio's, Sports

    Goodwill:   Expat India XI Orange and Expat XI India White pose for a group photgraph along with the Indian Ambassador Anil Wadhwa and officials from the Friends of Naqvi Group before the game. – Supplied photo


    Under the auspices of the Indian Embassy, Team Coorg in association with the Friends of Naqvi Group organised the third edition of the Independence Day of India Cup hockey match which was played on Friday at Oman Football Association Ground, Al Qurum, between Indian Expat XI White and Indian Expat XI Orange.

    After a brief welcome address by Major Karriappa, a memento to bid farewell to Indian Ambassador Anil Wadhawa, was presented by P. N. Devayya, a senior member of the Coorg community living in Oman.

    The match was inaugurated with old traditional bully between the chief guest Anil Wadhwa and Dr. Satish Nambiar the chiarman of the Indian Social Club, Muscat.

    Keeping in line with Holy month of Ramadan the match started after the Iftar at 7.30pm and ended at 8.30pm.

    The match was played in true festival spirit and ended in a draw with both the teams tied at 4 all and were declared joint winners. Moosa, Shakeel, Erappa and Maddappa scored one goal each for the Expat India XI White, where as Ganapatty scored two, Shakuntala and Javis one goal each for Expat India XI Orange.
    The event was well attended by the all hockey lovers living in Oman including the Omani current and former players and OHA officials.

    The vote of thanks was given by the veteran hockey legend SAS Naqvi who praised Kuttapa and Devayya for a well organised event

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    New York , USA:

    Several New York City dancers are headed upstate to share their knowledge.

    Dance workshops will be held on Sept. 9 and 10 at Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre at 126 Glen St.

    On Friday, Lisa Higley and Wilson LeBron from New York City will teach a hip-hop class from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

    On Saturday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Heather Rigg, an instructor at Broadway Dance center in Manhattan, will teach a jazz class.

    Then, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Pavan Thimmaiah, the founder of PMT House of Dance in New York City and an instructor at Alvin Ailey, will teach a hip-hop/funk class that infuses break dancing.

    A request to attend should be sent via email at info@glensfallsardt.com

    The cost for the workshop is $50, and checks should be sent to 126 Glen St. (P.O. Box 2405) in Glens Falls. Money must be received by Sept. 1, or you can register at the studio from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 3.

    source: http://www.poststar.com / Glen Falls Post Star / Home> Lifestyles/  by Staff Report / Wednesday Aug 16th, 2011


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    New Delhi:

    India’s latest foreign coach Michael Nobbs is a believer in karma. Sprinkling his analyses generously with Buddhist spiritualism, the 57-year old Australian realises the tediousness of the task ahead of him at the national camp underway at Bangalore. While winning the players’ trust is his aim, developing a workable roadmap for the sport’s resurrection in the country is his single-minded ambition, writes Uthra G. chaturvedi

    ‘When you lose, do not lose the lesson.’

    The Dalai Lama has nothing to do withIndian hockey. With its lack of stars and success alike, the sport these days doesn’t even merit a recognisable name among its most devoted followers. Yet, the spiritual figure may well have been speaking of the team when he spoke those words. At least, Michael Jack Nobbs believes so.

    As the newest coach of Indian hockey, Nobbs knows what he is up against when he walks out to the training ground at the Sports Authority of India’s Bangalore centre every morning — a long string of losses, a longer list of lessons. Armed with a five-year contract to pull Indian hockey out of the seemingly bottomless pit it has dug itself into, Nobbs is aware that how the next 60 months pan out will depend largely on what happens in the next six.

    “The immediate target is the Olympic qualifiers, no doubts about that,” he says of the February 2012 test, even as the 48 probables – divided into two groups – who he will be relying on to achieve that, warm up and cool down in the background. “But I am a firm believer in karma. What goes around ultimately comes around. It’s a cycle that cannot be broken. If enough hard work is put in, the results are bound to come. When they do, is another matter. But success cannot be denied to those who seek it with full dedication,” he adds, striking a spiritual tone that’s more Indian than his native Australian.

    In their first training schedule under Nobbs, the Indian hockey players are least bothered about the new coach’s beliefs. Sweating it out on the turf for an average of five hours every day, it is more important for them to get the basic facilities that will increase their performance and output in competition. And for that, they are wary, but willing to give Nobbs a chance.

    Progressively cautious

    The wariness is understandable. Nobbs is the fourth foreign coach to join the team in eight years and the tenures of each of the previous three have made players progressively cautious. If Gerhard Rach was the target of collective contempt, Ric Charlesworth was shooed away by the establishment even before the players could know what he thought. Jose Brasa walked into a welcome full of doubts, but he managed to make players comfortable. And by the time he left, most of them treated him as an elderly figure they could trust, both personally and professionally; and were eventually sad to let go.

    Nobbs is as yet an unknown entity. His methods are yet to be clear to most players, and his plans are yet to be fathomed, or accepted. “We are happy that he has a long-term contract. But it’s been less than a month of training under him. It’s a two-way street. He needs time to know us and we need time to understand him,” says Arjun Halappa, among the senior-most players in the current squad.

    There is also an uncomfortable feeling among several players that Nobbs’ appointment with Indian hockey had a lot to do with the backing he had from the Punjab lobby, and so he is perhaps closer to them. “There are many factors at work here at the moment. We will only know about how serious he is and how much of an independent authority he wields after the Asian Champions Trophy, the first tournament he will be in charge of. Till then, let’s face it, there will be doubts. The history of groupism in Indian hockey forces us to be wary,” a player says.

    ‘Show me the money’

    Nobbs, though, knows where he wants the players – on posters, hoardings and magazine covers. “They are the public face of the sport. They sell the game, they bring in support, they bring in the fans and the next generation of players. They are the heroes. Most importantly, they are the ones who will bring in the money. And, let’s accept it, money is very important. Why would anyone play a sport if there is no money,” he asks. “I want the players to own the team. When you feel ownership of something, you work hard to preserve it,” he adds.

    Unfortunately, this is precisely what Indian administrators have always tried to stifle. Making players into heroes is abhorrent to the hockey establishment in India. “I don’t think that will happen. If a player wants to go for a couple of days between training for a personal assignment, something that is legal, will raise the profile of hockey and help the sport in the long run and bring in public attention – I won’t stop him,” Nobbs says. Is that an allusion to IHF’s World Series Hockey? He refuses to say, but smiles lightly before adding, “Players like Sandeep, Sardar, Adrian are an asset to any team. I won’t want to lose them,” he says, hinting at a pro-player approach.

    At the same time, he knows he will have to draw a line. It’s an easy trap to fall into — when players become stars, they sell the sport much better. But then, they try to hold on far too long because of the perks. “You cannot ignore them either because they are seniors. That kills a large part of the next rung. When they go, the third rung is thrown straight into the deep end. The team then starts losing and the sport’s profile goes down. It takes a few years to get back on top,” he explains.

    That’s what happened to Australian hockey at one point. That’s what also happened to cricket in Australia. “When do we push the middle rung to the top and ease out seniors, striking that balance will decide who stays on top for how long,” he adds.

    Emphasis on fitness

    Irrespective of how they wield their sticks, strategically placed cones are what define every session during training — running around them, sprinting between them, touching base with them at various speeds. Nobbs’ emphasis on making fitness a priority has got a definite thumbs-up from the players.

    Already, most admit to feeling better when they step on to the field. Exercise physiologist David John, specifically asked for by Nobbs, has profiled all the players and worked out training schedules for them. “Fitness needs to be upped. A lot of players have been complaining of being tired, and that’s a good thing. It means things are on the right track,” Nobbs says.

    Likely to rejoin the camp over the weekend, John’s training methodology is spoken of highly by them. Sometimes, players are asked to try and hold back their training partners from running away – to build resistance. “The exercises he has designed do not get boring. At the same time, our agility has increased. The sooner he comes back, the better,” is the common refrain from all the players.

    The skills aspect, though, is not being ignored. Players often play 3 or 4 to a side in a small area – less than a quarter of the turf – and are supposed to pass to their team mates without losing the ball. At last count, they had managed to hold on to it for 17 passes.

    An Olympic dream

    “Indian players are skillful, up to international standards. They don’t need to be told about the skills part. I am trying only to assess their individual levels,” he says as players wrap up the day’s session and head for a swim.

    Before leaving, Nobbs wants to reveal his one wish. “One day, I want to see the Indian hockey team on the top of the podium in the Olympics, even if I’m not the coach,” he says.

    “I want to experience Indian hockey’s triumph as a spectator from the stands and feel the satisfaction that I had a little part to play. And it will happen. Remember karma? If anyone deserves success for their hard work, it is these boys.”

    In The waiting line

    The National Championships in Bhopal may not have been the treasure trove of hidden talent that was expected, but the tournament did give a number of players a chance to be part of the national camp and try to impress the team management.

    Banmali Xess: The youngster from Jharkhand was named the best forward at the nationals, and with good reason. His passing and ball control was unlike anyone else in the competition — including some of the biggest names — and there was hardly an occasion when he had the ball and failed to penetrate into the D. But inexperience meant he ended up muffing a lot of chances. His presence would push the seniors to look nervously over their shoulders, which is a good thing.

    Prabhdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh: Part of the Punjab team that finished with a bronze in Bhopal. The triumvirate were instrumental in Punjab’s advancement to the semifinals in the Senior National Hockey Championships. And even in a team that had several big names in its ranks, the youngsters managed to hold their own, impressing with their skills. Raw and still to develop, the big-match strength and temperament.

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    Kothajit Singh: The Manipuris are the few remaining players from the state on the national stage that once gave Indian hockey some of its toughest players. But while Kothajit manages to hold up the mid-field play for his employers Indian Oil, Chinglinsana, with his immense speed and a gymnast’s agility, is a potential striker. At 21, Chinglinsana also has age on his side and so far during training, has managed to hold his own with the seniors.

    Nithin Thimmaiah and Pradhan Somanna: Two exciting prospects from the traditional nursery of Coorg. Good on the wings and keen students of the game and quick learners. Need to add strength and stamina to their skills. Regulars for Karnataka at the age group level, both caught the selectors’ eye during the recently concluded National Championships. A fantastic attacking combination for the future, both are keen to hone their skills as flankers.

    Dharamvir Singh: Once considered an exciting India prospect only to gradually fade away, the Punjab forward has managed to raise himself back into contention with decent domestic performances. He was the key to Punjab winning the bronze medal at the Nationals and despite the couple of years that he has lost, his intensity during training proves he means business this time around.


    Kamaldeep Singh: No one in Indian hockey has made a comeback after being out in the wilderness for five years. That’s more than their entire international career for many players. But for someone who was always considered a talent, even if a little raw, Kamaldeep was banned for a year after a violent incident during the PHL. He perhaps owes this one chance to himself

    source:http://www.expressindia.com / by Uthra G. Chaturvedi / Aug 14th, 2011

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    Nidhi Subbaiah Ambassador for MM

    The sprightly actress of Kannada cinema Nidhi Subbaiah is the ambassador to Mysore Marathon race that is kick starting on Sunday, October 2nd at Mysore as part of the Dasara Festivities.

    It is at the world famous Dasara festival in Mysore this Mysore Marathon is taking place in which tourists to Mysore are allowed to take part says Shelesh Krishnan, Director. Life’s Calling Sports.

    LCS is a sports management company is the promoter of ‘Celebration Run Series’. The avid sports enthusiasts are part of this event who hails from strong educational background.

    The race management team has professional people who have conducted Marathon and Cycling Events in India and in the United States and look forward to bring in their expertise to the Celebration Run Series so as to give the Indian Sporting Community a truly world class running experience.

    source: http://www.supergoodmovies.com / Aug 05th, 2011

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    Cricket coin tossIndia’s cricketers have been deafened by howls of derision after their latest defeat by England in a four match Test series.

    Sunil Gavaskar, a former Indian batsman, said his countrymen were playing like “schoolboys”. Geoffrey Boycott, a former English cricketer, called their performance more befitting Bangladesh than a team currently ranked No.1 in the Test tables.

    Before we feel too sorry for India’s struggling cricket stars, we should remember that they are paid for success and vicissitude alike.

    Research by the Times of India, a daily newspaper, shows that some of India’s top cricketers are paid as much as the world’s most richly rewarded footballers  while the annual, seven week Indian Premier League is in full flow.

    By the newspaper’s calculations, during the IPL, Gautam Gambhir, an opening batsman who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders earned more than Lionel Messi, the Argentinian striker who plays for Barcelona. Gambhir’s earnings during the tournament put him in pro-rata touching distance of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese and Real Madrid player.

    Cricketers Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa match the incomes of Fernando Torres and Yaya Toure.

    India’s cricketers have been roundly criticised for prioritising the IPL over Test cricket, and losing Test match form by doing so.

    Yet the financial incentive of high paying cricket is hard to resist. Their choice is to miss out on payday in front of adoring home crowds in preference for honour at Lords and Trent Bridge, famed cricket grounds in England.

    The dazzling money made in Indian cricket is attracting attention, both on and off the field.

    The Indian parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance has asked the Indian tax department and the Reserve Bank of India to investigate the finances of the Board for Cricket Control in India, the game’s governing body, and the IPL.

    A report by the committee submitted to parliament this month complains that the game is “embroiled in transgressions off the field”.

    It warns that the tax department has been too lenient to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which benefitted from tax exemptions in spite of the growing commercial success of the game.

    India’s cricket establishment faces a tough contest in England this summer at the hands of a formidable bowling attack; when it returns home it may find as greater encounter with the tax man.

    source: http://www.blogs.ft.com / by James Lamont / Aug 05th, 2011


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    August 4th, 2011adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    ‘Kakkada koli’ and ‘madd payasa’ are the delicacies prepared on this day

    BRISK BUSINESS: People purchasing ‘madd toppu' in Madikeri on the eve of the ‘Kakkada Padinett' festival in Kodagu. 

    BRISK BUSINESS: People purchasing ‘madd toppu’ in Madikeri on the eve of the ‘Kakkada Padinett’ festival in Kodagu.

    “Kakkada Padinett” , the 18th day of “ Kakkada”month in Kodava calendar in Kodagu, which falls on Wednesday (August 3), is eagerly looked forward to by the people.

    They consume porridge made of the essence of “madd toppu” or “ aati soppu” , a wild aromatic herb, to perpetuate one of the traditions of the district. People will throng the places where the herbal plants are sold in markets. It is also called as “ Kurunji toppu” in some places in the district. The leaves come along with the slender stems of the plants.

    Sellers of “ aati soppu” dot the main streets of Madikeri on the eve of the celebrations. On the 18th day of the “ Kakkada” month, these leaves are said to be replete with 18 types of herbal medicines. They are plucked and soaked (some boil it) in water to extract the aromatic juice, which is thick and dark violet in colour. Women make cakes or sweet porridge out of the mix. Surprisingly, on the 18th day of “Kakkada” , the plants start emitting a sweet and unique aroma that is not found on the plants prior to or after the 18th day. The traditional beliefs and social mores are very strong in Kodagu. “ Kakkada” is a month in the Kodava calendar beginning in mid-July and ending in mid-August. It is said to be inauspicious. Marriages and other celebrations are a taboo in Kodagu, especially for Kodavas, during this month. Many do not even get haircuts.

    Monsoon is associated with several rare occurrences in Kodagu. It is the time when fresh natural mushrooms emerge on the termite hills, banks of paddy fields and in forests. “ Baimbale” (bamboo shoot) or “ Kanile” is the other delicacy enjoyed by the people of Kodagu in rains. Though the Forest Department has imposed a ban on its collection from forests, it is available aplenty in the market and sold in the open. The drying up of the bamboo clumps in forests has made “baimbale” a scarce commodity in Kodagu this year. Consumption of both mushroom and bamboo shoots are said to balance the body temperatures during heavy rainy and windy days, elders say.

    “Kakkada koli” (country fowl curry) is also a special delicacy in the district on this day.

    This occasion used to be observed as a feast in Kodagu in the past.

    Currently, people in almost the entire district involve themselves to eat “ madd payasa

    source:  http://www.thehindu.com / National > Karnataka / by Staff  Correspondent /  Mysore, Aug 03rd, 2011


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