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    February 29th, 2016adminNri's / Pio's, Sports, World Opinion
    Team Coorg celebrate with the trophy. Photo - Supplied

    Team Coorg celebrate with the trophy. Photo – Supplied

    Muscat :

    Team Coorg Oman clinched the top honours at the Gulf Hockey Fiesta for Starcare Cup organised by United Thalessery Sports Club (UTSC) in association with Oman Hockey Association (OHA) at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher on Friday.

    In an exciting final of the Asian Hockey Federation-recognised event, Team Coorg defeated Qatar Wanderers 4-1. The eventual champions scored two quick goals through Kavan and Pradhan Somanna to take 2-0 lead just five minutes into the match.

    Pradhan struck his second and team’s third goal in the 14th minute and a minute later Omani player Ali Salim made it 4-0.

    Qatar Wanderers managed to pull one back in the 16th minute.

    Earlier in the semifinals, Qatar Wanderers edged King Khan Hockey Club of Dubai for a 1-0 win while Team Coorg defeated UTSC 4-2.

    A total 12 teams, including seven from outside Oman, took part in the event, which was officially inaugurated by Indian Ambassador Indramani Pandey by hitting the ball to PR. Sreejesh, the Indian hockey team vice-captain and goalkeeper, who flew in from India to preside over the event as the chief guest.

    Later, the prize-distribution ceremony was graced by OHA’s former chief Dawood Al Raisi, present general secretary Mohammed Redha Taqi Al Lawati, popular hockey personality SAS Naqvi, Starcare Hospital vice-chairman C.M. Najeeb, CEO Dr Mohammed Naseem, ISD President Abdul Rahim, Indian School Muladha Principal SI Sheriff, Mohammed Riaz LLC Chairman Mohammed Riaz, Aziz of Al Jadeed Exchange, Oman hockey veterans Mohammed Shambeh Al Raisi and Abdulrahman.

    The best goalkeeper award went to Ahmad Alam, a former Pakistan goalkeeper and Olympian. Best defender award was claimed by Ali Salim of Team Coorg. Future player award went to Geroge Extel of Bahrain Hungry Humoours while Juniad of Qatar Wanderers was adjusted the man of the tournament award.

    During the ceremony, a raffle draw was conducted which saw several gifts presented includng two gold coins of eight grammes each, return air ticket to Sharjah and two return tickets to Mumbai.

    Starcare Hospital was the main sponsor for the event and the other sponsors were Mohammed Riaz LLC, Al Jadeed Exchange, Majan Distrubters, Foodlands Restaurant, Lynx, FAP, Al Nahla Solutions, Times of Oman and Gulf Madhyamam.

    source: http://www.timesofoman.com / Times of Oman / Home> Sports> Hockey / by Times News Service / February 28th, 2016

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    Star Indian doubles player hopes to get facility with four clay courts running by April


    Indian doubles ace Rohan Bopanna will launch his tennis academy in Bengaluru next month.

    35-year-old, who has struck a successful partnership with Romanian Florin Mergea on the ATP World Tour said that the focus of his academy will be on tapping talent in the 4 to 14 years age-group.

    The academy that will be located on the outskirts of the country’s IT capital, is a personal initiative from the Indian Davis Cup player.

    “I want to do this my way. I want the primary focus to be on fitness because that’s the most important factor in our sport today, also if the child then doesn’t want to play tennis, he or she can play another sport because they will already have the necessary early training,” Bopanna told Gulf News after he and Mergea had lost in the doubles to the veteran pairing of Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek.

    Bopanna disclosed that he is teaming up with former South African professional Piet Norval and fitness trainer Yash Pandey in his new venture.

    “Piet has done a fantastic job with kids back home in South Africa,” Bopanna said.

    “He will visit the facility once every month for a week. I want to focus on juniors to begin with and then see if I want to expand in the future. Right now it’s all about a wholesome exposure to children who want to play the sport. I’m only having clay courts now because it’s easier on the body, more so when kids are learning the sport,” the 35-year-old added.

    Bopanna will launch the academy with just four courts late next month before going into business probably a month later. “I’ve spoken to a lot of schools and the response so far has been very good. The idea is to get as many kids as possible playing the sport. The more the numbers, the greater our chances for success,” he said.

    Bopanna and Mergea, ranked 8 and 12 individually, and placed 14 as a team, haven’t had a great start to the new season. Last year, the pair surprised a few when they sailed into the doubles final at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals held at the O2 Arena. After Dubai they are scheduled to play Indian Wells and Miami before they hit the European trail for the clay court stretch.

    source: http://www.gulfnews.com / Gulf News / Home> Sport> Tennis / by Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter / February 27th, 2016

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    February 27th, 2016adminBusiness & Economy

    Deputy Commissioner Meer Anees Ahmmed said a report on the construction of a private bus stand, submitted by a private institute, has been submitted to the Transport Department for verification and to elicit opinion on the report.

    Chairing a meeting of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) here on Wednesday, he said the department has been asked to prepare a comprehensive traffic plan for the city. Action will be taken after obtaining opinion from the department. “It will be impossible to build the private bus stand at RMC Yard on Mysuru Road. The RMC land should be used for the purpose it is meant for,” he remarked.

    Raising the issue, Private Bus Owners’ Association President Hosur Ramesh Joyappa said the shifting of the private bus shelter is being discussed from the last several years. It has not seen any progress so far. It will be better to identify land on Mysuru Road for the construction of the bus shelter, he added.

    Autorickshaw Drivers’ Association President Medappa said autorickshaws have been permitted to travel 10-km from the district headquarters. However, the residents of remote villages which do not have transport facilities, depend on autorickshaws for transport. Hence, the permission for the travel from headquarters should be be increased to 20-km, he urged.

    Reacting to it, the DC said permission will be granted only after verifying the areas where permission needs to be given and it will be known in the next RTA meeting.

    The private bus owners said they are facing a lot of inconvenience due to lack of a bus shelter for private vehicles in Kushalnagar. At least, two private buses should be allowed to park near the KSRTC Bus Stand. Objecting to it, the KSRTC officials said private buses should not be allowed to be parked within 100-metre radius of the bus stand. The DC said he will inspect the site before taking a decision.

    Bus service sought
    Vanachalu residents said people, labourers and students are facing difficulty without any proper bus services to the village. A KSRTC bus should be operated on the stretch. The meeting agreed to start a bus service to Vachanalu.

    The KSRTC officials said private buses cannot operate on Kushalnagar and Guddehosur State Highway. The private buses can operate via Siddapura and Harangi route, they added.

    Privte Bus Owners’ Association Secretary Nanda Poonaccha said the police fail to receive complaints in the police station.

    Reacting to it, the DC said that complaints can be filed online or to the SP’s office.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Madikeri – DHNS / February 25th, 2016

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    February 26th, 2016adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Mysuru :

    Konkani Christian Association, Mysuru and All India Konkani Writers Organisation (AIKWO), Mangaluru, have organised the All India Konkani Liter- ature Festival on Feb. 28 from 10 am to 4.30 pm at the Konkan Bhavan in Vijayanagar here.

    The Lit Fest will be inaugurated by Vincent Crasto, industrialist and President of Konkani Christian Association.

    An interaction with senior Konkani litterateur Rev. Fr. V.J. Menezes by litterateur and poet Valli Vagga will be held followed by a symposium on ‘The Old Konkani Bharatha’ by Dr. Rocky V. Miranda. Dr. Edward Nazareth, General Secretary of All India Konkani Writers Organisation, Mangaluru, will preside.

    An All India Poets meet will also be held in which poets from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru and Mumbai will participate. Valli Quadras of Mumbai will preside.

    A comedy short play titled ‘Guliyo’ written by Richie John Pais, Mangaluru and directed by George William D’Souza, Mysuru, will be staged followed by cultural programmes in Konkani by the Association members.

    A mass in Konkani will be held before the commencement of the literature festival.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / February 25th, 2016

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    February 26th, 2016adminAbout Kodagu / Coorg, Business & Economy, Leaders

    MP Pratap Simha gets the project approved


    Mysuru :

    This Railway Budget will surely bring smiles on the faces of residents of Mysuru and Kodagu. Reason: the much-awaited 85-km railway line project between Mysuru and Kushalnagar will finally take off with the Railway Ministry giving its green signal in the budget.

    Speaking to SOM from New Delhi, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha said that Kodagu was the only district in the State that did not have rail connectivity and he was glad that he was able to finally get the approval for this long pending project.

    The Railway Ministry, which had earlier conducted a feasibility test, has sanctioned Rs. 667 crore for the project and the works is expected to begin soon.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / February 25th, 2016

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    Says dancer & yoga exponent Yamini Muthanna

    Niranjan Nikam in conversation with Yamini Muthanna.

    Niranjan Nikam in conversation with Yamini Muthanna.

    Mysuru is the Ashtanga Yoga capital of the world, a sobriquet which is music to the ears of Mysureans, after the cleanest city tag for the second time. The city has also produced two of the finest yoga exponents in the world, B.K.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. However, there is one more Guru, who is quietly doing his bit on whom many discerning yoga practitioners swear — it is B.N.S. Iyengar.

    Bengaluru-based Yamini Muthanna, dancer and yoga exponent, is one such. She was in city recently to participate in the launch function of her book “The Power of Yoga” at Dhvanyaloka Open Air Theatre.

    After the book launch, organised by the Mysore Book Club, a first-of-its-kind experiment in Mysuru, Yamini, who gave a breath-taking yoga demonstration, shared her views on how the book shaped, the power of yoga, the undue importance for competitions and why everybody should practice yoga, with Senior Journalist N. Niranjan Nikam. Excerpts. — Ed

    by N. Niranjan Nikam

    SOM: We just saw your demonstration of yoga. I was thinking all the time, aren’t children the best yogis because their body is so flexible. How is it that we lose all that and only when we see people like you, we say to ourselves, “I wish I was like her — flexible, elastic and graceful.”

    Yamini Muthanna: Children are natural Yogis. They are so free in their mind and body so the Asanas are easy for them. They do not have points of resistance either in their body and mind due to stress or tension that an adult might have. Therefore, I personally feel that flexibility in a Yoga Asana practice is a product of freeing the body and mind rather than putting in a lot of imposed effort. Anybody can train to be flexible with proper training of the body and freedom in mind. Yoga Asanas are patterned so beautifully that the body can be slowly animated into an Asana with proper judgement and care.

    SOM: Yamini, you started yoga at a young age and you have come a long way. What made you write “The Power of Yoga?”

    Yamini: My practice of Yoga has been extremely beneficial for me in all circumstances of my life. It helped me cope during my teenage through motherhood. I have been in constant touch with my body and mind and Yoga has helped me to be always aware. Once I started teaching from 2001 onwards, I noticed it was helping my students also to deal with situations better than how they used to handle things before they started practice. I started documenting their progress and started prescribing need-based specific practice sessions. It was helping my students and, therefore, I decided to share it for a larger group of yoga enthusiasts. My message in the book is you can choose your daily practice according to your day’s needs and have tried to explain how it works.

    SOM: I learnt a little bit of yoga about 25 years ago from a Guru here. Later, I practiced for quite some time with the book, “Light on Yoga,” by B.K.S. Iyengar. Your book is equally interesting as you make it look very simple, how far have you come?

    Yamini: Guru B.K.S Iyengar’s book is my Bible for my personal Asana study. He has set the benchmark of perfection in the Asanas and I am yet to come across another book equal to that of “Light on Yoga.” The book has been my Guru ever since I started personal practice. I did personal practice from 1996 to 2001 before I started to teach. I did a thorough study of the book, summarised by Guru B.N.S. Iyengar’s teachings and built up my practice, experimented my understanding and documented them in a way which would be easy for a Yoga Practitioner to comprehend. My book is not about loads of information but it is a guide to delve deeper in the practice by triggering a curiosity.

    SOM: Yamini, you were talking to me about angles and Trikonasana which is the cover page that has caught you in action is such a perfect pose. Share a little about angles and sequences with our audience.

    Yamini: I have a strong understanding that Yoga Asanas are geometric patterns from the Sri Chakra Yantra. I do not want to go to the details of it as I do not have proof and specific information about it. Just as Guru B.N.S.Iyengar mentioned in his speech earlier that the body will get chiselled into a fine cut diamond with perfect glitter in the body with the practice of Asanas and Pranayama. I would like to add that perfect geometry exists in pyramids and prisms also creating certain beneficial energy source forming specific benefits in the universe. It is in the same lines I personally feel that Asanas are also patterned to generate specific benefit to the body. Therefore, it is very important to maintain perfect lines in an Asana construction.

    SOM: You have talked at length about asanas, chakras, mudras, pranayama and their benefits, all with photographs and you yourself doing each one of them. However, you have not mentioned time needed for each asana, or have I missed it?

    Yamini: No I have not gone too much into the details of these deeper practices of Hatha Yoga as I do not want practitioners to try them on their own with the help of a book as they could be dangerous. It is very important that their first instruction comes from a Guru. I have just mentioned them as an information guide into the future practice.

    SOM: You said that you do not believe in giving certificates. I would like to share my experience — I had written a story about yoga talking to a teacher about four years ago titled “Posturing ‘Olympics’ (op)position.” I had read an article in Deccan Herald about a move to include yoga performance in Olympics. The yoga teacher had opposed this idea and I had even quoted that B.K.S. Iyengar was also not in its favour. You yourself and a few noted yoga exponents including Sharath Jois, grandson of Pattabhi Jois, whom I met the other day does not favour it. When I sourced this article of mine which I had promptly forgotten, after four years, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were 39 comments on it but all blasting me away to glory.

    Yamini: I do not agree that Yoga Asana be treated as sports. Yoga is all about a personal well-being routine rather than challenge or competition. Your practice is your personal journey and you don’t need to get a medal or stand on a victory stand to announce your success. You silently practice yoga and reap the glory of the practice by using it in life and your routine mundane activities. It’s not sports.

    SOM: But you yourself had participated in competitions earlier. In fact that is how you started your tryst with yoga.

    Yamini: I did go for two competitions in 1986 and 1987, won the championships and understood it was a mistake. Master was also not too pleased by it. I did not inform him before entering the contest, because I knew he would not let me. I was sorry for a long time for that mistake.

    SOM: What is the difference between a Nadia Comãneci’s perfect ten and yoga postures is the question many ask? Can you highlight the difference?

    Yamini: Well, I am going to answer this in brief. Gymnasts use a lot of kinetic energy in their postures and expel a lot of force and energy to get into their perfect positions. Yoga uses potential energy with holds and binds in the asanas conserving energy. So some of the postures look the same but the benefits and the source of construction are different in both Yoga and Gymnastics.

    SOM: Yamini you are a Kodava — and Kodavas are slim, tall, elegant, beautiful, handsome, rugged and with wiry bodies. The trouble sometimes is, we stereotype people. Did you turn a vegetarian when you started practicing yoga?

    Yamini: I am a proud Kodavathi rooted in my Kodava culture and tradition. I have not given up anything at all. But my personal development has adopted various principles from my study of the two classical disciplines. They are my personal principles that do not interfere with my home culture, which is Kodava. [Daughter of Chendrimada Raja (late) and Sundari, Yamini is married to Kotera C. Muthanna].

    No I did not turn vegetarian when I started practicing Yoga, though I changed a lot of principles to suit my practice. However, I am not a great fan of non-vegetarian food. You can call me a “No-fussytarian.” I eat whatever is healthy.

    SOM: How much of your yoga has influenced your dance?

    Yamini: A lot, in terms of energy and health. Breathing especially gets regulated when we do rigorous dancing. It has helped me keep my body agile and supple and less injury-prone.

    SOM: What are your future plans and why the word ‘Power’ in the title of the book?

    Yamini: Future plans — I shall keep doing what I am doing with more passion and conviction. I shall keep replenishing my knowledge in these two subjects. With the blessings of my Gurus, I have no doubt in accomplishing this; I will need their support and guidance always. I have already started my next book on Yoga, which would be exclusively for women from 18 to 80. The contents are just shaping up. I feel it will give an interesting perspective on woman’s body and how Yoga could benefit maintenance.

    “Power,” I can’t think of a better term for Yoga. Yoga is a source of Power to better your life. As one adapts Yoga into his/her lifestyle, it becomes more and more obvious. I am using the term to emphasise this fact… It’s been my personal Power.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / by Niranjan Nikam / February 24th, 2016

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    In the wake of increasing human-elephant conflict in Hassan, Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru districts, the state forest department has decided to acquire coffee and tea plantations to curb such conflicts and ensure a safe passage for jumbos.

    The department mooted this proposal after some coffee and tea planters volunteered to give up their land as they’re unable to cope with many problems including acute labour shortage, weak prices and rising maintenance cost of their estates.

    But planters are not ready to give up their plantations cheaply. “The offers have started to come, with one from Sakleshpura for about 2,300 acres that would cost approximately Rs 300 crore,” principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) Vinay Luthra said.

    With a recent amendment to the Forest Development Tax (FDT), funds needed to buy these estates would not be an issue, said Luthra. The department can rake in up to Rs 600 crore per annum through FDI and utilise it for purchase of properties.

    Wildife experts welcomed the idea but expressed caution, citing that the purchase of properties should be done scientifically.

    “While it is a good start, the purchase of properties must be taken up after a peer review and an expert panel on elephant habitats giving its approval that such parcels of land are a good investment,” said wildlife expert Pradeep Bhargava.

    Bhargava said forest minister Ramanath Rai and the department had held a consultative meeting in Mysuru in December 2015. He said the starting point should be the linking of Bandipur, Nagarahole, Brahmagiri, Satyamanagala, BRT Hills and Mudumalai.

    Forest authorities have been holding talks with corporates to seek their assistance through their Corporate Social Responsibility funds to restoreg elephant corridors and other wildlife conservation projects.

    Luthra, however, said the department doesn’t plan to buy all 2,300 acres in Sakleshpur. The purchase will be based on a study done by wildlife scientist Raman Sukumar. The study has identified 88 traditional elephant corridors in India.

    “We’ll restore only those areas where there is a possibility of restoring the traditional corridors. Our biggest concerns are in and around the Bhadra Reserve, Hassan and Kodagu and the department will buy properties in these region on top priority,” he added.

    Luthra said the primary reason for people selling their properties is the difficulty in maintaining coffee estates and tea gardens. “Most people in Kodagu, Chikkamagalur, Hassan and other parts of the coffee- and tea-growing belts are old-timers. With their children living abroad and labour becoming increasingly difficult to procure, they have come forward with offers to the forest department for selling their land. It’s a good way for us to resolve this man-animal conflict,” said the PCCF.

    The forest department also took measures recently to ensure that new constructions don’t come up in the elephant corridors or affect elephant movement in the forest area. The department has also interlocked forest ranges across the Western Ghats to ensure the smooth passage of elephants.


    * The purchase of land must be strategic and it needs to be taken up on a project mode. Dedicated forest persons should be involved in the process and land should be procured after taking into account the valuation of the location and not any other factor.
    Pradeep Bhargava | wildlife expert

    * This is a start. The proposal may not solve the problems immediately, but it will help in the long term to end the human-animal conflict in the state.
    Vinay Luthra | PCCF

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City> Bangalore / Sandeep Moudgal, TNN / February 23rd, 2016

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    February 24th, 2016adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    Pandi Curry, kadambuttu and Akki Roti: Image via Prarthana Bidapa

    Pandi Curry, kadambuttu and Akki Roti: Image via Prarthana Bidapa

    A few months ago, I was foraging for food near Wicklow village, about an hour away from Dublin. This was not some desperate attempt to find survival food but a structured walking tour to hunt for food in the woods engineered by Chef Evan Doyle, one of Europe’s champions of Wild Food, who also runs one of the only organic restaurants in Europe. Restaurants like his Strawberry Tree and the iconic Noma in Denmark have made foraging one of hottest food trends of the 2010s. In just a couple of hours I returned to his kitchen with a rich bounty that included wild mushrooms and wild garlic. Closer home there are many communities who have traditionally hunted for food and made the best of locally available resources long before foraging became cool.

    Coorg’s Pandi (Pork) Curry might be its most emblematic dish but not many outside the region know that this dish was originally crafted with wild boar. The Kodagu (Coorg) district that shares its Southern borders with Kerala is not just one of the most scenic regions in Karnataka but boasts of its unique culture, language and above all one of India’s most distinctive cuisines. For a brief while (1947-1956), this district was a separate state before it merged with the Mysore (Karnataka) state. Spread over 4,100 sq kms Coorg’s delectable cuisine evolved with its unique landscape where farms and forests merged almost seamlessly.

    Until recently most local farm owners supplemented their produce with bounties from the forest like wild pig, wild fowl, venison, wild yams, bamboo and colocasia leaves. Quite a few vegetables were not cultivated and animals were not actually reared. Much of that has changed with Coorg’s changing 21st century landscape but it’s still not unusual for wild mangoes and bamboo shoots to find their way to kitchens around the region even today.

    Foraging for Food

    For centuries Coorg was quite inaccessible – a landlocked region, making it almost essential for the locals to make the best use of local ingredients and spices, that spawned a cuisine like no other. Yoga Acharya Shanthala T Medappa grew up in Coorg before moving to Chennai where she set up Old Mercara that specializes in home-style preserves and ice creams. Her range is season-specific and completely natural akin to her culinary roots in Coorg where flavours are natural, spices are used judiciously and the food is light. A contrast to what Indian food has become in some parts – an overkill of spices and masalas that literally drown the meat or vegetables.

    Image via Prarthana Bidapa

    Image via Prarthana Bidapa

    Authentic Kodava cuisine retains the natural taste of its key ingredients – bamboo shoots for instance are allowed to sour in its own waters. Fat is also used sparingly, mostly to temper the food. According to Shanthala, seasons dictated what the Kodavas ate and when. Kitchens focused on food that produced thermal warmth during the cold and wet monsoon season. The preserved game meat was traditionally in wooden slatted frames placed horizontally over the cooking fire that didn’t just keep the meat dry but also enhanced it with a wood-smoked flavour.

    Another unique ingredient that you will find in most Kodava households is Kachampuli, their own version of a Balsamic vinegar (just much more tastier!) that is extracted from the ripe fruits of the Kodambuli fruit (the ripe fruits of the garcinia gummi gutta tree). These fruits are usually placed in baskets over large vessels to allow the juice to gently drip down (over a few days) as the fruit gradually becomes pulp. The extract thickens over time, this souring agent is typically used towards the end of the cooking process in many Kodava dishes (including the Pandi curry) and accentuates the flavours of the meat.

    Image via Prarthana Bidapa

    Image via Prarthana Bidapa

    The Coffee County

    Coorg might be a coffee county, but it’s also known for rice – this is where the river Cauvery originates, and rice is the major staple and used for a number of preparations, whether it’s the traditional steamed puttus or their payasams. The steamd puttus come in many forms – the Kadambuttu (ball-shaped puttus), Thaliya Puttu (flat puttus steamed in plates), Paaputtu (cooked with milk and shredded coconut), Nooputtu (thread puttu, pressed into noodle-like threads with a mould similar to the idiyappam) and Koovale Puttu (made with ripe bananas or jackfruit).

    Coorg might be flanked by regions rich in culture and cuisine – like the Malabar region in Kerala, Mysuru and the Dakshina Kannada region in Karnataka, but their influence on Coorg’s cuisine is quite minimal. While its possible to recreate some of the region’s signature dishes like the Bamboo Shoot Curry (with canned bamboo available at many supermarkets and gourmet shops) and the Meen (fish) Curry, it doesn’t quite taste the same without locally sourced ingredients. For that you have to dine in one of the Kodava households or be invited for a Kodava wedding in Coorg – the ultimate showcase of the region’s cuisine. Quite a few homestays in Coorg or boutique properties are a great starting point to explore Coorg cuisine too. And before you get there, try your hand at making Coorg Pandi Curry.

    Coorg Pandi Curry

    (Recipe and Image Courtesy: Shanthala T Medappa – Yoga Acharya and owner Old Mercara)



    1/2 kg pork (preferably with bones) cut into medium-sized pieces
    1/2 tsp Kachampuli or 1 1/2 Tbsp thick tamarind pulp
    A few curry leaves
    1-2 tsp oil

    For the marinate
    1-2 tsp salt
    1 tsp red chilli powder
    1/2 tsp turmeric powder

    For the dry masala
    1 tsp cumin seeds
    1/4 tsp fenugreek
    2 Tbsp black pepper
    1 Tbsp coriander seeds

    For the wet masala
    2 onions, sliced
    6 ginger cloves (1-inch in size)
    6 garlic
    6-8 green chillies
    A small bunch of coriander leaves


    1. Marinate the pork with salt, turmeric and chilli powder, and leave it aside for 30 minutes.
    2. Heat a little oil in a pressure cooker or a flat-bottomed vessel, and fry the curry leaves.
    3. Make the ‘wet masala’ by grinding together onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies and coriander leaves. Add it to the pan and saute for a few minutes.
    4. Add the pork and mix well. Continue sautéing for 5-6 minutes.
    5. In a separate pan, dry roast the whole masalas – cumin seeds, fenugreek, black pepper and coriander seeds – on a medium flame until aromatic, then grind to a powder. Add it to the pork and mix well.
    6. Add half cup of hot water and pressure cook the pork until done or let it slow cook on an open flame, stirring constantly.
    7. Uncover the lid, add the Kachampuli and cook for 2-3 minutes, till the gravy thickens.
    8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

    About the Author:

    Ashwin Rajagopalan is a cross cultural training expert and lifestyle writer. When he’s not writing about food, he thinks about gadgets, trends and travel experiences. He enjoys communicating across cultures and borders in his weekday work avatar as a content and editorial consultant for a global major and one of India’s only cross cultural trainers.

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    source: http://www.food.ndtv.com / NDTV Food / Home> Food & Drinks / by Ashwin Rajagopalan / February 23rd, 2016

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    February 22nd, 2016adminNri's / Pio's, Sports, World Opinion

    Chettalli (Madikeri) :

    It is a known fact that cricket is a popular sport in many countries including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, England, Australia and others. But, the sport slowly is steadily gaining popularity in countries such as Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Afghanistan, UAE and others. The common factor among the countries where cricket is gaining popularity is the Indian factor.

    Chillavanda Darshan Chinnappa (left) with former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes.

    Chillavanda Darshan Chinnappa (left) with former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes.

    There are many Indians who have been promoting cricket worldwide. One such person who has been popularising the sport in United Arab Emirates (UAE) is Chillavanda Darshan Chinnappa, a native of Bilugunda village in Kodagu district who has joined hands with legendary cricketers like Ramiz Raja, Aravinda De Silva and Naveed Nawaz to start Future Legends Cricket Academy (FLCA) in Dubai.

    Darshan Chinnappa, who is currently residing in Bengaluru, is the son of Chillavanda Chinnappa, a retired official of Survey of India and Chillavanda Parvathi, a retired employee of Co-operation Department. He is married to Chillavanda Nirmala and the couple is blessed with a daughter Raha Darshan.

    FLCA was started two months back with former Sri Lankan skipper Aravinda De Silva, former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja, Imran Zafar, Shahid Rafique Sheikh and former Sri Lankan cricketer Naveed Nawaz.

    The academy has been providing world class facilities to children and also conducts master classes by inviting top cricketers from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and others countries. Legendary cricketers like Kumara Sangakara and Jhonty Rodes have already conducted master classes.

    Darshan believes that the academy would be recognised at an international level and gain more popularity. Details on the academy are available at futurelegendsca.com and in the facebook page.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / February 22nd, 2016

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    The zilla and taluk panchayat elections held in Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru districts were peaceful on Saturday.

    The polling received a lukewarm response in plateau region in Chikkamagaluru district till afternoon.

    Twenty-three per cent polling was recorded at Karthikere in Kuruvangi zilla panchayat constituency at 11 am. The polling percentage similar at Kalasapura in Ambale constituency at 11.30 am.

    A 95-year-old Jayamma was carried to the polling booth by her son Siddalingappa at Pillenahalli.

    The labourers left for their work after exercising their franchise in Malnad. The political parties had even arranged vehicles to ferry the voters to the polling booths at a few places.

    District Congres Committee President D L Vijaykumar exercised his franchise at Balegadde polling station.

    Report from Kodagu

    Elections were held in 29 zilla panchayat and 50 taluk panchayat constituencies in Kodagu district.

    A total of 117 candidates are contesting in the zilla panchayat election and 169 candidates are in the fray in taluk panchayat election.

    Technical glitch was experienced was an elctronic voting machine at Athooru polling station at Somwarpet taluk. There was brisk polling since morning in the district.
    Women and men were seen standing in long queues to exercise their franchise at Kedakal, Suntikoppa, Guddehosur, Nanjarayapatna, Kambibane, Chettalli, Nelyahudikeri, Siddapura, Ammathi, Moornadu, Mekeri and other areas.

    Ninety-six-year-old Ponnamme arrived to exercise her franchise at Kedakal polling station.

    Krithika, who excercised her franchise for the first time at Suntikoppa, said, “I am feeling happy that I have excercised my franchise for the first time. Voting is a sacred right.” Jayalakshmi, a first-time voter, expressed similar views at Guddehosur.

    People were seen discussing about the election in groups outside 100 metre radius of a few polling booths in the district.

    Deputy Commissioner Meer Anees Ahmmed visited Kadagadalu, Abhyathmangala, Chettalli, Nelyahudikeri, SIddapura, Makkandoor, Madapura, Athooru, Guddehosoor and other polling booths. The counting of votes will be held at 8 am on February 23.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / Chikkamagaluru – Kodagu / DHNS – February 21st, 2016

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