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    “At the end of the day, it’s your own game and you know what works for you,” Robin Uthappa said. File photo: K. Bhagya Prakash / The Hindu

    “At the end of the day, it’s your own game and you know what works for you,” Robin Uthappa said. File photo: K. Bhagya Prakash / The Hindu

    Putting value on his wicket has been the compelling factor in Robin Uthappa evolving as a batsman.

    The South Zone stroke player presented a confident countenance ahead of the Duleep Trophy final against Central Zone to be held here from October 29.

    “I have evolved as a batsman. I have realised there is no point in tweaking the process too much.

    “One has to stay true to one’s skills. I have learnt from my seniors,” said Uthappa.

    He elaborated, “I don’t throw my wicket away now and don’t like getting out even in the nets. I understand my technique better after making some adjustments. My head is still and that is important.”

    Keen to regain his spot in the India team, Uthappa said he was keen to keep wickets too.

    “I am serious about my wicketkeeping.

    “I like to do the job whenever the team needs me to.”

    He gives credit to personal coach Pravin Amre for the change in his cricket.

    “He made me realise my responsibility and I understand the importance of staying at the wicket and contributing,” said Uthappa.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Cricket / by Special Correspondent / New Delhi – October 27th, 2014

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    Bangalore :

    Chef Naren Thimmaiah, executive chef at the Gateway Hotel Residency Road, has been associated with the iconic Karavalli Restaurant in Bangalore since its inception 24 years ago. This multiple award-winning restaurant with its very unique ethos and focus on authentic regional cuisine has won the chef many accolades.

    Hailing from a traditional Coorgi family, this chef believes in the lasting power of recipes handed down through mothers and grandmothers and replicating them perfectly even in a restaurant set up. It has been his aim to offer the guests a taste of home and comfort food even while they are travelling. It is in keeping with this idea which combines fresh ingredients, seasonal produce and traditional recipes that he creates dishes which are both healthy as well as delicious like the Maddur Vade (deep-fried patties of rice flour, semolina, maida, sliced onion, curry leaves, grated coconut and asafoetida)

    Chef Thimmaiah has been well aware of Bangalore’s changing foodscape over the last two and half decades and in a special menu celebrating 25 years of the hotel (which will be available till Nov 10), he has crafted a menu which will pay tribute to iconic dishes from the city, recreated in his own kitchens.

    This spread will include everything from a simple yet special Lassi from a popular roadside eatery to the succulent Midnight Chicken Kebabs from a well-loved joint, from the familiar Commercial street-style Gulab Jamuns and sinful Death by Chocolate to the unforgettable lamb burgers with sweet mayo.

    Bangaloreans will immediately be able to identify these age-old city favourites from well-known eating joints around the city. This apart, the chef will also reintroduce hit dishes from his own menu over the ages and recall dishes that are representative of different cuisines and true to their indigenous roots in different parts of the country depending on availability of produce. These include the typically Amritsari Pindi Chole, the Awadhi Kakori kababs and the Coorgi Akki Roti Soppina Saaru (rice flour roti with a broth made of lentils and edible greens).

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bangalore / by Diya Kohli / October 27th, 2014

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    October 30th, 2014adminCoffee News
    Coffee consumption has been increasing by 2.8 per cent since the last five years, as against 2.4 per cent in the previous five-year period

    Coffee consumption has been increasing by 2.8 per cent since the last five years, as against 2.4 per cent in the previous five-year period


    For purists, kaapi frothy boiled milk mixed with decoction – is the quintessential hallmark of tradition and this steaming aromatic beverage is the first energy drink that sets the day in motion. For coffee lovers, there’s nothing like coffee that satiates the palate when sipped after tiffin or taken to destress.The saga of coffee consumption continues to increase in the southern states, particularly Tamil Nadu. Coffee consumption in the country has grown to about 90 grams per capita per year from 60-70 grams about 12 years ago.

    Annually, coffee consumption has been increasing by 2.8 per cent since the last five years, as against 2.4 per cent in the previous five-year period. However, the average consumption is 4-5 kg per capita, per annum in most developed countries. Finland, for instance, has the highest per capita consumption of 12 kg per annum.Compared to some of the developed countries, coffee consumption in India has been low as the predominant consumers are from the south.

    Tea is drunk in the northern parts of the country. On an average, 3.04 lakh MT of coffee is produced in south India, with Karnataka contributing to the bulk of coffee production (2.11 lakh MT). About 70 per cent of the domestic production is exported. Aiming to bring more acreage and consumers under coffee, the Coffee Board of India has identified new areas in West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh for coffee plantations in the coming years. In the traditional areas of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, the board is focusing on increasing productivity through replanting of old trees.

    The increasing popularity of coffee chains like Cafe Coffee Day, Barista Lavazza and Costa Coffee, in particular, among the younger generation, has made coffee drinking more fashionable, although value-added products and instant coffee is on the rise with other categories of consumers.

    India is the seventh largest coffee producer in India and the third largest in Asia and during 2013-14 fiscal, the country’s coffee exports stood at 3,13,025 metric tonnes, generating a revenue of US $ 793.22 million. Indian coffee is exported to over 45 countries and about 50 per cent of the exports in 2013-14 was to Europe. Italy is the largest market importing over 25 per cent from India, followed by Germany, Belgium, Turkey and the Russian Federations. So, the next time you try cappuccino or latte, think of Indian coffee beans.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Current Affairs / DC Correspondent / October 26th, 2014

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    If you are looking for a getaway that takes you through green hills, misty clouds and silent paths, Tadiyandamol is for you, says Maya B.

    Imagine walking through the clouds, running your fingers across cold ice crystals, and watching the rains from above the clouds. These are a few soothing moments one can experience from standing at the summit of Tadiyandamol, the second highest peak in Karnataka. Situated in the hilly district of Kodagu, Tadiyandamol is the tallest mountain in the district, with its highest point being 1,748 metres above sea level.

    It is a lesser-known trekkers’ paradise that has fortunately not been commercialised yet.
    The mountain is wide and gigantic, with two peaks, and lies on the Kerala border. Tadiyandamol in Malayalam or Kodava loosely translates to tall hills with a broad base. The best time to start the trek would be early in the morning, around 6 am. It is approximately an eight-km trek, which could be mildly strenuous.

    Adventure enthusiasts can begin the trek at a small waterfall, about half a km from the foothills. A tarmac road leads to the waterfall, and further up, there are no motorable roads. A safer option to park vehicles would be at the Nalaknad Palace.

    “A stream is a nice place to begin and end the trek as the cold water is invigorating,” says Aalok Gokhale, a regular trekker who has scaled Tadiyandamol twice. Trekkers first traverse through a dirt-road, which leads to a fork. Take the road sloping upwards as it passes through a forest area and a couple of streams. On the downside, the stretch is infested with leeches during monsoons.

    Dreamy routes
    And then there is a winding route that leads you into the open. That’s when you get the first glimpse of the mountain you will be climbing, and a complete view of the hills you are surrounded by. The trick is to simply walk in the direction of the peaks. You will come across a huge boulder on the way which is an ideal spot for a break and has the perfect viewpoint.

    Here, the trekkers can choose one peak out of the two. The one on the left is higher than the one on the right. “When hiking to the peak on the right, you can take the route less travelled on, through the grass, or the man-made path. Once you reach the peak, you can see that the path continues to two more viewpoints, and the best view awaits at the end of the range, and it is tranquil,” shares Aalok.

    “When it starts raining, a dreamy mist sets in. You can see clouds moving up the mountain side, towards you, and then finally, you walk through the clouds,” he adds.
    The route to the peak on the left, that is the highest point of the mountain, leads you to a false summit at first and then,unexpectedly, opens up into a dense forest area.

    The path leading to the forested area could be barren or grassy, depending upon the season. There is a natural stair-like formation throughout the mini-jungle which could be very steep at times. Once this tedious journey ends, you are out in the open yet again and the majestic mountain rises in front of you. The ground up the mountain is full of gravel and slippery, so be careful while trekking.

    The summit of the mountain is a wide area which slopes down slightly to culminate in a cliff, and it is breathtaking view from the top. The boulders around could be great for picnics.

    All in all, Tadiyandamol is a wonderful weekend getaway and takes you away from the hectic urban life.

    Single peaks can be covered on the same day, and both the peaks can be trekked in a single day or over a course of two days by camping on the mountain overnight. But trekkers must be wary of elephants, as their dung can be spotted at certain places.

    Ankith Joshi, founder of the travel agency ‘Time to Trawel’, who regularly sends troupes to Tadiyandamol for camping says, “There are several points across the hills where you can pitch tents. But the best would be at the peak as it has a wide base and the experience is thrilling. You can’t enjoy the beauty of the place if you camp elsewhere.”

    Those who prefer warmer accommodation can choose homestays in Kakkabe and Virajpet. The best seasons to visit Tadiyandamol would be mid-monsoon and winter (August-January). During these seasons, the atmosphere is cool and misty, which feels heavenly.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Spectrum / Maya B / DHNS, October 28th, 2014

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    October 30th, 2014adminCoffee News

    The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum presents Coffee 101–The History and Impact of Coffee on Our World with Kurt Osborne of Koolbeans Coffee at 7 p.m. Oct.

    Image: KELO AM/Mark Brown

    Image: KELO AM/Mark Brown

    Brookings ,S.D. (KELO AM)

    The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum presents Coffee 101–The History and Impact of Coffee on Our World with Kurt Osborne of Koolbeans Coffee at 7 p.m. Oct. 9.

    Osborne, who is from Brookings, will discuss and offer samples of coffee varieties from around the world, along with specialty foods that will excite any coffee lover. The free program is open to the public.Koolbeans specializes in custom roasting small batches of coffee. This homegrown South Dakota business was started in 2012 by Osborne and Joy Nelson of Watertown, his business partner.Osborne, who works full time for Lutheran Planned Giving, was interested in coffee as a hobby for a number of years.

    “I started goofing around with coffee by using a hot air popcorn popper,” he said. Osborne developed a curiosity about the characteristics of certain beans and their roasting levels. He began to collect and use a variety of brewing apparatuses and incorporated coffee into some cooking.Osborne appreciates “the pure enjoyment of making a cup of coffee for yourself, family and friends.

    “Koolbeans purchases green coffee beans from 12 countries of origin and custom roasts these to customer preferences in small batches. They also offer chocolate-covered espresso beans, which are popular in gift baskets, as wedding favors and special occasion treats.Koolbeans has enjoyed steady growth due to strong customer loyalty and word-of-mouth recommendation. They offer the option of a unique roast customized with a customer’s logo. Their products are also popular as fundraisers for organizations such as high school choirs and church youth groups. Koolbeans contributes a minimum of 10 percent of their profits to charitable causes.Koolbeans items will be available for sale at the museum’s gift shop.

    For more information, contact the museum at 605-688-6226.About the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage MuseumFounded in 1884, the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preserving the history of agriculture and the heritage of rural life in South Dakota. It is located on South Dakota State University campus at 925 11st Street, Brookings, S.D. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 605-688-6226 or visit www.agmuseum.com.

    source: http://www.kelo.com / Kelo / Home / by Mark Brown / October 01st, 2014

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    Image source: ESPNCRICINFO

    Image source: ESPNCRICINFO

    The track at Lahli is known for assisting fast bowlers and East Zone, after winning the toss decided to bowl first. But, East Zone, packed with five fast bowlers, failed to make an early impact, as they bowled too short and missed a couple of early chances. South Zone dominated the first couple of sessions as Robin Uthappa batted patiently and scored a brilliant hundred. Uthappa batted for almost two and a half sessions and scored 120 runs.

    Uthappa got a life in the 7th over when Sudip Chatterjee dropped a regulation catch at third slip. But after that, Uthappa made full use of the chance given him to by Chatterjee and marshaled the South Zone’s innings. Robin Uthappa was not able to play last year’s Duleep Trophy owing to an injury. He also missed over half of the Ranji Trophy season. But, in the last few months, Uthappa has been in a sublime form and he has been striking the ball really well. In the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL7) and also in the Champions League Twenty20 2014 (CLT20 2014), Uthappa was Kokata Knight Riders’ (KKR) best batsman.

    Many were expecting that Uthappa will be picked for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka, but the mature knock here will keep him in contention for the Australia tour.


    Talking about the Duleep Trophy semi-final between East Zone and South Zone, Uthappa was the only run-scorer for South Zone, as all other batsmen struggled to on the green Lahli track. East Zone’s veteran all-rounder Laxmi Shukla was the best bowler on show. Shukla bowled a probing line all day long, and as soon as the second new ball was taken he took the lead and finished with impressive figures of 4 for 30 in his 17 overs.

    At the end of Day 1: South Zone 238/9 in 86.5 overs (Uthappa 120, Karun Nair 32; Lakshmi Ratan Shukla 4/30) vs East Zone at Lahli.

    source: http://www.thecricketlounge.com / The Cricket Lounge /

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    October 29th, 2014adminCoffee News

    Shimla :

    Himachal Pradesh government is exploring the possibility of popularizing coffee cultivation in the state. Kangra district already is known for tea cultivation and now the state is planning to have coffee farming to boost the local economy as already a plan is afoot to increase the area under tea plantation.

    Tea industry of Himachal Pradesh is 161 years old. While there were around 500 tea growers in Kangra district with average land holding of 25 hectares in 1947, now there are 5,800 tea growers with average land holdings of 10-15 kanals. Of this, only 15-20 planters fall in the category of big growers. Currently, 2,300 hectare area is under tea cultivation. After tea, now coffee is likely to be the new source of income for farmers of the state.

    A senior government official said that a Coffee Board team has already surveyed prospective areas. “There is a potential for coffee cultivation in Kangra, Mandi, Una and Bilaspur districts. During 2014-15, coffee demonstration trials will be carried out in these districts under the technical guidance of Coffee Board,” he said.

    Agriculture, being the mainstay of people of Himachal Pradesh, has an important role in the economy of farmers. Efforts are afoot to make the hill state self-sufficient in agriculture production and also to improve the economy of farmers, he added.

    Agriculture and allied sectors accounts for 30% of the gross state domestic product. It provides direct employment to about 71% of the main working population. Rs 384 crore is being spent on agriculture sector this financial year, sources said.

    Of the total geographical area of 55.67 lakh hectares, the area of operational holding is about 9.68 lakh hectares and is operated by 9.33 lakh farmers. The average holding size comes to 1.04 hectares. Distribution of land holdings according to 2005-06 agriculture census shows that 87.03% of the total holdings are of small and marginal farmers. About 12.54% of holdings are owned by semi-medium/medium farmers and only 0.43% by large farmers.

    The diverse agro-climatic conditions of the state provide ample opportunities for crop diversification with high value crops. The state has great potential for producing off-season vegetables and has already gained reputation for cultivation of off-season vegetables and production of quality vegetable seeds, they added.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Chandigarh / TNN / October 20th, 2014

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    The Indian 4x400 women’s relay team gold medal winners -Priyanka Pawar, Mandeep Kaur, Tintu Lukka and Poovamma Raju. (Source: Reuters)

    The Indian 4×400 women’s relay team gold medal winners -Priyanka Pawar, Mandeep Kaur, Tintu Lukka and Poovamma Raju. (Source: Reuters)

    Just over a year ago at the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune, India won its most significant gold in athletics since the doping scandal of 2011. The 4×400 women’s relay team, a scratch combination that was running together for the first time, clocked 3:32.26 to finish atop the podium.

    If the Indian team had registered a similar timing at Incheon they would have finished outside the top-three. Only two of those — Tintu Luka and MR Poovamma — who ran in Pune in July last year were fielded on Thursday. The other two were Mandeep Kaur and Priyanka Panwar, two runners who had been suspended following the doping violation.

    The Indian 4×400 women’s relay team, gold medal winners in the previous three Asian Games, had a reputation to defend, while Mandeep and Priyanka, who ran the third and first leg respectively, had a point to prove. In three minutes and 28.68 seconds the Indian 4×400 quartet showed why they still remain a force in Asia. The timing clocked as a new Games record.

    The earlier Games record of 3:29.02 was also in the name of the gold-winning Indian team from 2010. India’s second gold in athletics — Seema Antil’s in women’s discus being the first — meant that the women’s relay team held who continental titles simultaneously.

    Japan won the silver in 3:30.80 while China bagged the bronze in 3:32.02. The first lapper, Panwar was, however, lagging behind her Japanese counterpart but Luka, who won a silver in 800m race, ran a brilliant race to recover the loss ground for India.

    India took a small lead after two laps before Mandeep widened the gap in the third lap after holding out a strong challenge from her Japanese counterpart. Poovamma, who won a bronze in 400m race, then anchored India to gold by blasting her way to the finishing line.

    Bronze for Inderjeet In shot put, Inderjeet struggled for most part of his event as he had 18.52m as his best throw from his first four attempts. But he came up with a 19.63m in his fifth and penultimate throw to fetch the bronze. His sixth and final attempt was a foul.

    The other Indian in the fray, Om Prakash Karhana, who was cleared in the eleventh hour following an injury, finished a disappointing ninth with a best throw of 16.94m. The national record holder, who injured his ankle while warming up for a selection trial on September 15 before being cleared for the Games at the last minute, had 16.26 and 16.94 in his first two attempts while his third effort was a foul.

    In men’s triple jump also, Renjith Maheshwary, who was cleared at the last minute after a selection trial, could come up with a best effort of just 15.67m while his season’s best is 16.54 and personal best score of 17.07. He also could not make it to the top eight after three rounds.

    The men’s 4x400m relay quartet of Kunhu Mohammed, Joseph Abraham, Jithin Paul and Rajiv Arokia missed out on a bronze as they finished fourth in season’s best timing of 3:04.61.

    source: http://www.indianexpress.com / The Indian Express / Home> Sports> Sports-Others / Asian Games 2014 / Express News Service / October 03rd, 2014

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    October 29th, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    For children it was a new experience of celebrating Dasara at Madikeri on Thursday. It was on the occasion of children’s Dasara, being organised by Madikeri Dasara cultural committee, for the third year.

    Children themselves inaugurated the Children’s Dasara at Gandhi Maidan at 11 am. Besides participating in various competitions and cultural programmes, children honed their marketing skills too, by selling various items in the children’s market.

    The market offered a wide range of items from vegetables to snacks.Fancy dress, makkala mantapa, children’s shandy market, quiz, drawing and various other competitions were conducted on the occasion.In Makkala Mantapa, the tableau competition, a group of recreated ‘Dasha Mantapa’s, which is a prominent feature of Madikeri Dasara.

    Also, recreation of mythological scenes was part of the competition.

    The children’s shandy market drew an overwhelming response with customers purchasing variety of items such as fruits, vegetables, snacks, coffee, juice, flower vases and so on.


    Children’s shandy market: Vinith Lobo and team – I, Hrithvik Anwekar and team – II and Samarth – IIIMantapa competition: Vidyavinayaka Makkala Sangha – I, Shivoham team – II, Bharath and team – IIIDrawing competition (5 to 8 years category): Rishika M A – I, Rakshith M B – II and U M Jeevith – III (9 to 12 years category): P R Arya – I, Shreyas – II and Havyas – III. Consolation prize – Dilan (13 to 16 years category): Shreyas S – I, Nuthan P N – II and Pritham H M – IIIQuiz on Indian Heritage and Culture: (2 to 7th standard category):G R Ashutosh – I, N M Dillan – II and I B Dinal – III (8 to 10th standard category): S S Gautham – I, H U Gurugovind – II and K M Karthik – IIIFancy dress competition (Below 5 years category): Dhruva Nanjappa – I, Anushka – II, G R Anuhya – III and Diya Vasanth – Consolation(6 to 8 years category): Brihat Bopaiah – I, Anchal Joshi – II, Shahnavi – III and Abhinaya Krishna – consolation(9 to 12 years category): Yavani – I, Vakya Dinesh – II, Victor Lobo – III and Apeksha Rai – consolation.DH News Service

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS, Madikeri – October 05th, 2014

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    October 29th, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    The procession of Dashamantapas marked the conclusion of Madikeri Dasara celebrations on Saturday.

    Thousands, including a large number of tourists from outside the district, lined up on either side of the main roads in Madikeri where the tableaux passed through— to get a glimpse of the Madikeri Dasara procession. The city was decked up with lightings.

    As per the tradition, the procession was led by Pete Srirama Mandira mantapa. The tableaux on the theme of Mahishasura Mardhini attracted the spectators. The sound and light special effect was centre of attraction. After offering pooja at the temple, the Mantapa passed through College Road, Chowki, private bus stand, Town Hall to reach Gandhi Maidan.

    Kundurumotte Sri Chowtti Mariyamma, Dandina Mariyamma, Kote Mariyamma, Kanchi Kamakshi, Kote Ganapathi, Chowdeshwari, Kodandarama Temple, Dechur Rama Mandir and Karavale Bhagavathi Temple tableaux also passed through streets of Madikeri. The procession that started on Saturday night went on till wee hours of Sunday.

    A large number of people from outside the district had arrived Madikeri on Friday itself. All the hotels, home stays and resorts were full in Madikeri. After visiting tourist spots in Madikeri on Saturday morning, they arrived the city in the evening. Gandhi Maidan had turned into a mini bazar with eateries, stalls selling clothes. The stalls made brisk business during the night.

    Traffic jam

    The police had banned the entry of vehicles inside Madikeri town to check traffic congestion. The movement of vehicles on the streets where Dasha Mantapas passed through were banned. It had caused inconvenience to the vehicle users. The police had arranged parking of vehicles at APMC and Dairy.

    Parking of vehicles in a haphazard manner caused inconvenience. To prevent the entry of additional vehicles inside the city, more than 100 buses from Mysore and other districts had to park their vehicles in Kushalnagar. The passengers from Kushalnagar were ferried to Madikeri in special buses. DH News Service
    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS, Madikeri – October 05th, 2014

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