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    The much-awaited book on ‘Ainmanes of Kodagu’ (ancestral homes), authored by researcher-couple Boverianda Chinnappa and Nanjamma Chinnappa has hit the stands.

    The book was written after extensive fieldwork in Kodagu district (Coorg) of Karnataka, to record for posterity the way of life that the culturally-rich ainmanes symbolise.

    Speaking to The Hindu, P.T. Bopanna, journalist, who runs Kodagu’s first news portal www.coorgtourisminfo.com, said according to the researcher couple, the book is unique as it traces the origins and antiquity of the ancestral homes of all the native communities of Kodagu.

    “It also describes the social and cultural significance of these ancestral homes, which are important elements of the rich heritage of the native communities of this area,” he said.

    An ainmane has a verandah, with carved square wooden pillars tapering upwards and wooden seats between the pillars, ornately carved windows and door frames, and specific areas within the ainmane for the performance of rituals.

    A ‘functional’ ainmane is where all the members of the okka (patrilineal clan) gather to celebrate important family rituals and ceremonies.

    The book describes the ainmanes of the native communities in Kodagu (Coorg) and their socio-cultural significance.

    Ainmanes are architectural symbols that bear testimony to the strength and vitality of the okkas of Kodagu.

    According to the authors, the ainmanes that are still standing today account for only about 40 per cent of the original number that existed in Kodagu.

    Many of them are dilapidated; others have been converted into simple homes. The Chinnappas expressed their apprehension that if this trend continues, these heritage buildings and the unique traditions, customs, festivals and rituals that are associated with them will probably vanish in the not too distant future. If they vanish, so will the heritage of the people, their way of life, they add.

    The authors have said their aim is to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the ainmanes of Kodagu and encourage efforts to maintain and preserve these heritage buildings for generations to come.

    The cover illustration for the book is by noted cartoonist, Nadikerianda Ponnappa.

    The book has been published by Niyogi Books, Delhi. The work on the website www.ainmanes.com is in progress.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Karnataka / K. Jeevan Chinnappa / Bangalore – August 23rd, 2014

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    Bangalore :

    Three thousand trees in parts of Kodagu are helping forest ecology studies by providing experimental evidence for various research projects.

    The trees are being studied to understand how they adapt to changes in rainfall, temperature and duration of the rainy season.

    This data is part of a bigger project in which tree responses to changing climates are being measured to gauge how trees react to changing weather parameters.

    The trees are on two 30-hectare sample plots set up by the Forest Department in collaboration with the French Institute of Pondicherry (FIP), in low-lying wet evergreen forests in Kadamakkal reserve forest.

    “My colleagues and I have found that the amount of rainfall has decreased in the last 100 years and that is why there has been less growth of tree species,” said Dr B R Ramesh, faculty at French Institute of Pondicherry.

    The researchers are measuring the girth of the trees using a stainless steel tape and a Vernier scale to record their growth patterns in different climatic conditions.

    Their work also focuses on long-term ecological monitoring of forests, the use of new remote-sensing data and techniques to predict biomass and structure, modelling distribution of species and biodiversity and making databases with the available information.

    “New research lines are also being developed that explore the effects of landscape change on ecosystem services and potential climate change impacts on forest vegetation,” Dr Ramesh added.

    These experts have also explored the environmental and social impact of restitution of tree rights to coffee planters, the Western Ghats acting as a water sink and the loss of forest cover and the extent of biodiversity in the Ghats.

    Dr Ramesh and his colleagues, Dr S Prasad and Dr Anupama K, have also developed an app called Biotik which can be used to identify 600 tree species in the Western Ghats.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Papiya Bhattacharya / August 19th, 2014

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     The Hindu Going a step further: Chandrodaya Narayan Singh of Uttar Pradesh won with his second throw of 67.84, to better his own mark of 67.78, beating national record holder Kamalpreet Singh. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar / The Hindu


    The Hindu Going a step further: Chandrodaya Narayan Singh of Uttar Pradesh won with his second throw of 67.84, to better his own mark of 67.78, beating national record holder Kamalpreet Singh. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar / The Hindu

    Athletics: Tamil Nadu and Kerala win the overall men’s and women’s team championships

    Siddhant Thingalaya equalled his National record of 13.65 as he won the men’s 110 metres hurdles in the 18th Federation Cup athletics championships at the NIS Complex here on Tuesday.

    Siddhant Thingalaya and M.R. Poovamma were adjudged the ‘best athletes’ of the championships. Tamil Nadu won the overall team championships ahead of Kerala. The teams won the men’s and women’s titles respectively.

    In men’s triple jump, national record holder and Commonwealth Games medallist Arpinder Singh had no difficulty winning with his third jump of 16.70 in the final. Renjith Maheshwary could not fight, as he had a best of 16.43 on the last attempt, after efforts of 16.40 and 16.41.

    Krishna Poonia risked an injured left knee to clinch the women’s discus gold with her last throw of 56.84 metres, more than three and a half metres ahead of World junior bronze medallist Navjeet Kaur Dhillon. After throws of 54.83, 55.38 and 55.49, the Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist stepped it up in the last throw.

    In women’s 400m, M.R. Poovamma clocked 52.42, beating Priyanka Panwar for the gold.

    In men’s hammer throw, Chandrodaya Narayan Singh of Uttar Pradesh won with his second throw of 67.84, to better his own mark of 67.78. Kamalpreet Singh, who holds the national record of 70.37, settled for the silver with his third throw of 66.78.

    Sushmita Singha Roy won the heptathlon two points ahead of Bengal teammate Swapna Barman, with a score of 5402 points.

    In the morning, Rahul Kumar Pal of Maharashtra sprinted past Laxmanan of Tamil Nadu for the gold in the 10,000 metres. He had focused on the event and thus enjoyed an advantage over the exhausted 5000m runners, including gold medallist Kheta Ram, who grabbed the bronze after having led for the most part.

    In the women’s 10,000 metres, Asian Games gold medallist Preeja Sreedharan was a class apart, finishing at 34:27.94 beating Swati Gadhave by more than two minutes. Meanwhile, the jury reinstated the original results in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, after having disqualified Naveen of Haryana and Ashish of Assam for “pacing”.

    The IAAF rules clearly state that any athlete “giving or receiving assistance” from within the area during an event should be warned by the referee and advised that he would be disqualified from that event if it was repeated. It further clarifies about “assistance” being from a “lapped” or “about to be lapped” athlete.

    Arguing that that they were from different States, and that one would not assist the other, Naveen was conveniently reinstated champion, and Ashish labelled “DNF” (did not finish), having finished a lap short.

    The results:
    Men: 200m: 1. Manikanda Arumugam 21.21; 2. Velayutham 21.83; 3. M.G. Joseph 21.87. 400m: 1. Kunhu Muhammed 46.40; 2. Arokia Rajiv 46.41; 3. Jibin Sebastian 47.28. 1500m: 1. Jinson Johnson 3:52.60; 2. Ravindra Rautela 3:53.09; 3. Sajeesh Joseph 3:53.38. 10000m: 1. Rahul Kumar Pal 30:04.77; 2. Laxmanan 30:05.20; 3. Kheta Ram 30:08.98. 3000m steeplechase: 1. Naveen 8:46.18; 2. Jaiveer 8:53.36; 3. Manju 8:54.43. 110m hurdles: 1. Siddhant Thingalaya 13.65 (ENR); 2. K. Prem Kumar 13.96; 3. Surrender 14.24. Triple jump: 1. Arpinder Singh 16.70; 2. Renjith Maheshwary 16.43; 3. Rakesh Babu 16.15. Hammer: 1. Chandrodaya Narayan Singh 67.84 (NMR, old 67.78); 2. Kamalpreet Singh 66.78; 3. Neeraj Kumar 66.71. 4x100m relay: 1. Tamil Nadu 40.96; 2. Kerala 41.08; 3. Maharashtra 41.18. 4x400m relay: 1. Navy 3:11.44; 2. Kerala 3:11.62; 3. Punjab 3:13.07.

    Women: 200m: 1. Asha Roy 23.89; 2. Srabani Nanda 24.02; 3. Archana 24.94. 400m: 1. M.R. Poovamma 52.42; 2. Priyanka Panwar 53.40; 3. Debashree Majumdar 53.79. 1500m: 1. O.P. Jaisha 4:09.14; 2. Sini Markose 4:18.18; 3. Sushma Devi 4:20.43. 10000m: 1. Preeja Sreedharan 34:27.94; 2. Swati Gadhave 36:28.46; 3. Monika Athare 36:44.15. 100m hurdles: 1. M.M. Anchu 13.80; 2. Deepika 13.81; 3. K.V. Sajitha 13.86. Discus: 1. Krishna Poonia 56.84; 2. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon 53.26; 3. Praveen Kumari 46.65. Heptathlon: 1. Sushmita Singha Roy 5402; 2. Swapna Barman 5400; 3. Liksy Joseph 5351. 4x100m relay: 1. Kerala 46.47; 2. West Bengal 46.56; 3. Punjab 47.27. 4x400m relay: 1. ONGC 3:42.26 (NMR, old 3:42.70); 2. Kerala 3:45.96; 3. Haryana 3:48.50.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / Kamesh Srinivasan / Patiala – August 19th, 2014

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    August 27th, 2014adminCoffee News, World Opinion
    Khalid Al Mulla, the founder of the Coffee Museum. show two German-made coffee grinders from the Second World War to Arezou Schulz, a project manager at the museum. Ravindranath K / The National

    Khalid Al Mulla, the founder of the Coffee Museum. show two German-made coffee grinders from the Second World War to Arezou Schulz, a project manager at the museum. Ravindranath K / The National

    During the Second World War, every German soldier carried an essential piece of equipment along with his weapon. Small, sturdy and built to survive almost anything, it was a coffee grinder.

    The steel box had a handle on the top and a container at the bottom to catch the coffee grounds. It could be easily disassembled and packed away.

    So strong indeed was the European love of coffee that even a scarcity of metal after the war ended did not stop the production of coffee grinders and roasters. Instead, munitions were melted down to manufacture them.

    The importance of coffee to different cultures and countries through the centuries is the theme of Dubai’s new Coffee Museum, which will allow visitors to view the rituals of serving the popular beverage and to taste it.

    Stepping into villa No 44, a traditional Emirati home in Bur Dubai’s Al Fahidi historical district, the visitor is immediately struck by the familiar aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Even though the museum’s signage has yet to be put up and its official opening is at the end of October, the museum is already swarming with coffee lovers.

    “You will love coffee even more after visiting the museum and understanding its history and cultural relevance to us and the other cultures,” says Khalid Al Mulla, the museum’s 43-year-old founder and the director of Easternmen & Co, a coffee company.

    His love of coffee begun in childhood, as it did for many Emiratis and Arabs who grew up watching their parents drink coffee and serve it to guests in a show of hospitality and friendship.

    Mr Al Mulla later joined the coffee industry, importing to the UAE varieties from more than 16 countries including Indonesia, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Yemen.

    He also became the local representative for several coffee brands and coffee-machine makers, including some from Japan.

    But he still wanted to add another dimension to his enjoyment of coffee, so he decided to create a historical archive of his passion.

    “Coffee drinking should be an entire experience, where all the senses are involved,” Mr Al Mulla says with pride as he takes The National on a tour of the museum, which comes alive with different aromas and sounds.

    Seeing how coffee beans are roasted and brewed – from using traditional methods to the latest gadgets – and tasting the essence of different coffee beans are all part of the experience.

    The interior of the museum at Bastakiya, Dubai / Ravindranath K / The National

    The interior of the museum at Bastakiya, Dubai / Ravindranath K / The National

    In the two-storey museum, which has six rooms on each floor, each part of the exhibition tells a different story about coffee and how it relates to its fans. Three of the rooms display antiques from the Middle East and around the world.

    From Britain, there is a man-sized coffee grinder with an actual carriage-like wheel for a handle that carries the 18th-century crest of a British monarch. From the Ottoman Empire, there are several grinders and hand-held portable roasters that are about 600 years old.

    It is said that the first coffee house in Europe was opened in Vienna, using equipment taken from Ottoman troops defeated outside the city’s walls in the 17th century.

    Other rooms in the museum display screens, filters, and grinders known as madaq, which are hundreds of years old.

    The grinders, which are covered in Quranic verses and weigh more than 12 kilograms, are too heavy to carry. There are also grinders for women, with added support for the leg, allowing the grinder to lean in for support as the beans were being ground up.

    In Ethiopia, the coffee pot is known as the jabena. It lacks the distinctive spout of the Emirati dallah. It was Yemenis who introduced the spout, calling the pot a jamena.
    The dallah’s spout, which resembles a falcon’s beak, is sharper and narrower to allow the pouring of smaller amounts of coffee. Tradition stipulates the use of two dallahs, one for serving and the other to keep the coffee hot on the stove.

    “As one digs, one discovers interesting history,” says Mr Al Mulla, citing as an example the reason for the popularity of Sri Lankan coffee beans in the UAE. “Because Sheikh Zayed used to drink it and liked it, we came to love it as well.”

    All the objects on display at the museum – assembled over the years from around the globe – are from his personal collection.

    “The museum connects the past of coffee to its present, and so I added live demonstrations of the coffee rituals in the Ethiopian culture, the Egyptian, the Arabic Bedouin, as well as the Levant and Turkish versions, so that every kind of coffee can and will be made here,” says Mr Al Mulla.

    Coffee from the Levant is brewed over hot sand to better distribute the heat, he reveals. To be sure, Mr Al Mulla is a walking encyclopaedia on everything related to coffee.

    Much of the museum’s top floor is dedicated to the research and study of coffee, with a library filled with rare books and a media room to screen coffee-related documentaries. “The history of coffee is still debated, with many versions,” says Mr Al Mulla. “But the version I like is the one about the man with the same name as me. They call him Kaldi, but his name was actually Khalid, just like mine.”

    In the story of Kaldi, the drinking of coffee started in the Ethiopian Highlands hundreds of years ago. Then a goat herder, Kaldi noticed that his flock became hyperactive after eating some unknown berries from a tree. Curious, he tried them, and he remained alert and was unable to sleep afterwards.

    There are different versions about how the actual drink was made.

    According to some versions, Kaldi’s wife threw the beans on to a fire and roasted them. She then crushed the beans and made the grounds into a drink. In other versions, Kaldi took the coffee berries to a holy man. The latter disapproved of them, saying they were a drug and threw them into a fire. As the berries were roasting, they released the pleasant aroma with which we are all familiar. The roasted beans were then ground up and boiled in hot water, creating the world’s first cup of coffee and its second most traded commodity, after oil.

    Coffee had also been drunk in monasteries, where monks were said to have consumed the beverage to keep awake for all-night prayers. From Ethiopia, the coffee trade crossed into Yemen, where Sufi Muslims used it as an aid for worship. It was in Yemen that the drink was first called qahwa.

    “The legendary Mokha port in Yemen was once the main coffee exporting site for the region,” says Mr Al Mulla. “The Yemeni port’s name is synonymous with the mocha coffee that we drink today.

    “Coffee spread across the world via the Arabs and Turks as the Islamic empire expanded into Europe and the rest of the world.”

    Whether Asian or African, Central or South American, the islands of the Caribbean or the Pacific, all coffee varieties can trace their heritage to the trees in the ancient coffee forests of the Ethiopian plateau.

    “The story of coffee started with an Ethiopian Khalid, and continues with an Emirati Khalid,” Mr Al Mulla says with a laugh. “I hope I tell it as well as he once did. The legend of coffee continues.”

    His museum, unsurprisingly, has a coffee shop and a gift shop. The latter sells all kinds of coffee and coffee machines, as well as coffee-related jewellery, such as a dangling golden coffee bean on necklaces and bracelets.

    The opening hours are from 10 am to 7pm, with tickets expected to be about Dh15 for adults and Dh5 for children.

    Mr Al Mulla is still deciding whether to include the coffee served in the cost of the visit or to levy an extra charge.

    To find out more about Coffee Museum, click here.

    rghazal@thenational.ae

    source: http://www.thenational.ae / The National / Home> UAE> Arts & Lifestyle / by Rym Ghazal / August 17th, 2014

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    What is the similarity between Bill Gates, Usain Bolt, Justin Timerblake and Ashwini Ponnappa? 

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    They have all embraced the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge willingly.

    Ashwini completed the challenge on Tuesday afternoon. She in turn issued a challenge to her doubles partner Jwala Gutta and former swimmer Rehan Poncha.

    After players and support staff of Bengaluru FC doused themselves in an icy-cold shower on Monday, they issued a 24-hour challenge to Sania Mirza, Ponnappa and Yuvraj Singh.

    After Sania completed the challenge on Tuesday morning, Ponnappa followed suit pretty soon. Both of them have uploaded the video on YouTube.

    Sania had already done the ice-bucket once before but since people complained that there was a lack of water, she did it again on Tuesday.

    She, in turn, challenged Cara Black, Mahesh Bhupathi, Yuvraj and actor Ritesh Deshmukh.

    What is the challenge exactly for? It raises money for charity — especially ALS — a neurodegenerative disorder.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / DHNS – Bangalore , August 19th, 2014

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    August 25th, 2014adminRecords, All, Sports, Uncategorized, World Opinion

    Bangalore :

    After Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Cristiano Ronaldo and Oprah Winfrey, I-League champions Bengaluru FC and doubles ace Rohan Bopanna have taken up the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has gone viral on social media.

    The challenge involves participants dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    Once completed, the individual posts the video on social networking sites and nominates three people to take up the challenge within 24 hours or donate $100 to any charity working to fight the neurodegenerative disorder.

    Bopanna, who was nominated by Indian-American tennis player Amrit Narsimhan, took to Twitter on Sunday to post his icy video. A shivering Bopanna nominated Bengaluru FC and actor Rahul Bose for the challenge.

    Bose chose to opt out, tweeting, “Been chosen by Rohan Bopanna for #IceBucketChallenge to raise money/awareness for ALS. Hv decided not to waste clean water, but will donate!” However, Bengaluru FC were happy to oblige.

    “We accept Rohan’s challenge and nominate Ashwini Ponnappa, Sania Mirza and Yuvraj Singh. Good luck guys, let’s end ALS,” Club COO Mustafa Ghouse said.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Sports / by Maxin Mathew, TNN / August 19th, 2014

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    Bangalore :

    The Department of Kannada and Culture has appointed heads and members to various academies.

    M S Murthy (Bangalore) has been appointed the Chairman of Karnataka Lalithakala Academy, B A Mohammed Hanif (Dakshina Kannada) is the new chairman of Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy while Kolkada Girish (Madikeri) has been appointed as the Chairman of Arebhashe Samskruthi Sahitya Academy and Biddatanda S Thammaiah has been appointed the Chairman of Kodava Sahitya Academy.

    Members Named

    For Karnataka Lalithakala Academy, B L Chauhan, Mahalingappa, Prabhu Urs, B K Badigera, Vishweshwari Tiwari, Devarishi, C Chikkanna, Krishna Devadiga, T H Shanmukappa, Khasim I Kansavi, Sharanappa B H, Wajid Sajid, Vedamurthy, Bargur Markandeya and C Rajashekar have been appointed the members.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnatkaka / by Express News Service / August 14th, 2014

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    Coorg

    The air smelled green. For someone from the city who is used to the smell of petrol fumes, garbage and fried food, inhaling this crisp, clean air was a real treat.

    My drive on the winding roads of Coorg transported me to another world. I put my head out of the car to click away at the Kodava houses lining the roads, quaint churches and local shops. My photo sessions attracted some curious glances from local women. I had officially arrived for my weekend in the coffee district of Karnataka, and my stay at one of the most luxurious resorts in the region was about to begin. As the rains pelted the roof of my cottage at Tamara Coorg, a luxury resort situated in the picturesque confines of lush verdant coffee plantations, I opened my eyes to the breathtaking view, wishing I could wake up to this every day.

    The mist kissed the foreheads of the silver oaks and the rosewoods, as I walked to the balcony with a hot mug of bella kapi. I sipped the aromatic yet comforting black coffee laced with cardamom and flavoured with jaggery, while listening to the symphony of cicadas and birdcalls. The fresh taste of coffee resurrected my soul and prepared me for the invigorating plantation walk that my hosts at the resort were kind enough to organise.

    After being playfully warned about the leeches by the resort’s guide, I remained skeptical about the trek around the 170-acre Kabbinakad Estate, tucked inside the resort. “Don’t worry, madam, leeches will only suck out the bad blood, and you won’t even feel the pain. You know they are now being used for medical treatments in several parts of the world,” he said. Nevertheless, his scientific explanation failed to comfort me as I tied my shoe laces tight, determined not to have my blood sucked out. ‘Just enjoy the walk, and take in the natural beauty,’ I told myself.

    Natural fortress

    Built strategically around landscaped waterfalls and glistening streams, the resort is home to some rare species of flora and fauna. As we walked around the plantation, we had the electro-pop background score of gushing falls and cicadas follow us wherever we went. “Hey, but why can’t I smell the coffee?” I asked out of ignorance. “Well, you won’t smell coffee here. But you will see the beans in different stages of growth,” my well-informed guide explained. Arabica and Robusta, the two kinds of coffee plants, are grown at the estate, which is dotted with cardamom plants and pepper vines.

    Handing me a bright green pod, the guide said, “Just bite into it and tell me what it is.” As I nibbled on the pod, suspiciously, waiting for some allergic reaction to pop out, a fragrant taste exploded my palate. “It’s cardamom, isn’t it?” I shouted excitedly. Finding my daily food ingredient in its freshest form left me hungry for more. By the end of the walk, I had savoured passion fruit right off a tree, watched in awe at the bitter lime tree pregnant with fresh fruits and beautiful wild mushrooms.

    Bird-watchers too have something to look forward to at the resort, as one can find some rare avian species, including Malabar trogons, Nilgiri laughing-thrushes, great black woodpeckers, and Malabar whistling-thrushes (that are a part of the night-time orchestra). Apart from these, yellow-browed bulbuls, Pacific swallows, grasshopper warblers, orphean warblers and yellow-billed babblers can also be spotted.

    Coffee kicks

    After teasing the touch-me-nots, collecting some rudraksha berries and clicking away at the luscious red ginger flowers and pristine white coffee blossoms, it was time to call it a day. But the coffee lover in me was still to be satiated. And the best was yet to come. The resort definitely knows how to woo coffee addicts, and my experience at The Verandah at Tamara Coorg made me fall in love with the drink that half of the world kick-starts the day with. Right from handpicking the fresh beans, drying them, roasting them, sifting through them and grinding them, coffee-making is nothing short of an art form. And the experience of making my very own brew made me feel like an alchemist. And the secret to pure healthy brew is roasting and grinding your own beans.

    A visit to Coorg will be incomplete without sampling the authentic Kodava cuisine that includes the famous pandi curry (pork curry) and koli barthad (chicken fried in spices). But for a vegetarian like me, it was best to tip-toe around the meaty dishes and stick to the green zone — lip-smacking mangye pajji (ripe mango curry), kadambuttus (rice dumplings), kumm curry (mushroom curry), akki rotis, banana fritters and sumptuous payasam.

    Coorg is blessed with nature’s bounty. Apart from plantation tours, one can trek to the nearby Manje Motte view point, Pathi Pole Falls and Ballyaatre Ridge. For wildlife and history enthusiasts, this quaint hamlet has a lot to offer in the form of Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park and Madikeri Fort. As the afternoon sun gave way to the golden light of dusk, dark clouds gradually invaded the sky. The rains pounded the earth with all their might, bringing to life every inch of the green surroundings. The perfect weather to cuddle up and read. Another day had come to an end in the land of the brave Kodava warriors, and I slept fitfully to the lullaby of noisy cicadas.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Sunday Herald travel / by Arundhati Pattabhiraman / August 17th, 2014

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    Mangalore :

    Around 60 teams participated in the Verbattle Junior Round at the zonal level selection of the Verbattle Junior as a part of Verbattle Debate Competition 2014 here on Friday out of which 22 teams have been shortlisted to go to the next level ‘Verbattle Junior-Skirmish’ which is to be held in Bangalore in the third week of August.

    The participants belonged to the age group of 12-16 years studying in Std VIII to Std X. The 22 teams selected in the Mangalore zone included teams from Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Shimoga. The zonal level selection of Verbattle senior will take place on Saturday.

    After a basic introduction to the rules and regulations of the Verbattle Junior round, Verbattle foundation Founder Deepak Thimaya announced the topics that were to be debated upon in the course of the event. Out of a list of 10 topic statements, some of the topics included – The current education system is not equipped to deal with intelligence, Politics has solutions to India’s problems and Schools are breeding grounds of negativity. The participant teams were given their final topics around 30 minutes before the debate session following which the teams underwent intense sessions of about an hour.

    “Verbattle is a wonderful platform that improves one’s speaking skills. Initially I had problems in speaking fluently but participating in Verbattle Junior and reaching the semi-finals last year has given in me immense confidence in speaking and voicing out my opinions and hence I came back this year to participate and I am excited that our team got through to the next round and I’m also confident that our team will win,” said Suraj Kumar, one of the participants studying in Madhav Kripa High school.

    The next round which is the Verbattle Junior -Skirmish will be held on August 19 in Bangalore. The semi-finals and finals for Verbattle Junior and Senior will be held on August 22, 2014. The final debates will be moderated by Deepak Thimaya and judged by some of the eminent personalities from the state.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Mangalore / Stanley Pinto, TNN / August 01st, 2014

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    August 23rd, 2014adminCoffee News

    New Delhi :

    Barista, the chain that pioneered the coffee retail business in a country used to drinking tea, will change hands with Italian coffee brand Lavazza exiting from coffee shop business in India by selling its Barista brand to Rollatainers Ltd’s wholly-owned subsidiary Carnation Hospitality Pvt Ltd, reports PTI.

    The company, however, will continue to supply coffee to Barista through a long-term supply agreement.

    Lavazza in a statement said it has decided to lay greater focus on its core business, which is coffee.

    Commenting on the announcement, Lavazza CEO Antonio Baravalle said: “The decision to move out of Barista has been taken accordingly with the global business guidelines of the group to no longer manage directly the coffee shop business.”

    Talking about the Indian market, Baravalle said: “India continues to remain an extremely important market to Lavazza’s international operations and it is strategic to the brand’s overall growth initiatives across the world.” He added that Lavazza will continue to develop its our presence in the country.

    The company has a production facility in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh, its only production facility outside Italy. Lavazza bought the café brand Barista in 2007 and has sold the coffee shop chain with over 190 cafés to Carnation Hospitality Pvt Ltd. In the deal, Lavazza has been assisted by Rothschild, as financial advisor, and Desai & Diwanji, as legal advisor.

    Barista’s previous owners include US-based Turner Morrison, Tata Coffee Ltd and maverick entrepreneur C. Sivasankaran’s Sterling Group.

    source: http://www.freepressjournal.com / The Free Press Journal / Home> Business / by FPJ Bureau / August 13th, 2014

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