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Toilet, Ek Paayakhana Katha :D

         If you like water then you already like 70% of me. Such a quintessential source of life it is. Lately it dawned upon me that neither I am Aquaman nor I am drinking sufficient water. Wait, what qualifies ‘sufficient’? Who better than a doctor can answer this and upon my enquiry she said, “Drink 2 liters (say 8 glasses) a day.” All doctors advise to drink at least 8 glasses (of water of course.. duh..! ) but what they don’t say is that you have to run to the toilet 80 freaking times :D And Lo, the bulb lighted and I aimed at the gold medal in the next Olympics since I would have sprint practice every day. She retorted that it wouldn’t do any good as the toilet is barely meters away inside our cozy homes. She had a point. She had many points, to be honest. Her views surfaced and hovered I still have a chance if only the toilets were moved outside.

        Moving the toilets is itself a challenge. It has been many decades now that the whole of society has the toilets inside. It is fixed and saturated. Our dear most society is a bubble of chaos. So much as a scratch you make, it bursts open, chaos rules. Bringing a change in the society is not just a scratch it is a sword’s slash. You must be as adroit as Samurai Jack to change the societal norms. You must have a bait and people must click on it. I told her that we can shift the toilets outside with a “Traditions ko Chipko” movement or “Tradition Vapas Lao” andholan. Another lame idea, I know :\

        “No one cares about the traditional values anymore. People ain’t buying that. Scientifically speaking, if toilets are outside it drains the negative energy and gives room to positive energy”, her remark. In this stress fed life people yearn for peace, for positive energy. They wouldn’t budge about the positive energy or any of its cousins (serenity, aura, karma) during their good times. Only when their blood is dripping and nothing else seems to clot it, they resolve to these “life saviors”. Outsourcing toilets is scientifically, aesthetically correct and it complies with Vastu. So let there be toilets in every compound, outside the house.

        Hopes resurrected in me, my aim of the Olympic medal is live again. Drink. Run. Win :P :D


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ಬಿಟ್ಟೆನೆಂದರೂ ಬಿಡದ ಮಾಯೆ ಪ್ರೀತಿ....!!!

19 Aug 2017

ಮೋಡಗಳು ಮೇಳೈಸಿ, 

ಭಾನು ಬಸಿರ ನೋವ ಕಂಡು

ಮೊಗವು ಬಾಡಿ ಕಪ್ಪಾಯಿತು.

ಎಲ್ಲೂ ತೇಜಸ್ಸಿಲ್ಲ,

ಹನಿಸುವ ತವಕವೇ ಎಲ್ಲಾ.

ಕಳೆಗೆಟ್ಟ ಮೊಗದಲ್ಲೂ ನಗು, ಮಿಂಚಿತು.

ಅದು ಸಂತಸದಿ ಹೊಮ್ಮಿದ ಹೊನಲಲ್ಲ.

ಬರಸಿಡಿಲಂತೆ ಎರಗಿದ ನೋವನು, 

ಮರಮಾಚೋ ನವಿರಾದ ಸಂಚು.

ಕಾಡಲಿಲ್ಲ ಇನಿಯ ಸೂರ್ಯನ ಸನಿಹ,

ಕೇಳಲಿಲ್ಲ ಅವನ ಅನುಪಸ್ಥಿತಿಯ ಕಾರಣ.

ನೋವ ಮರೆಸಲವನು ಬರಲೂ ಇಲ್ಲ.

ಸಂತೈಸುವ ನಾಟಕದ ನುಡಿಯ ತರಲೂ ಇಲ್ಲ.



ಮಳೆ ಹನಿಗೆ ಕುಡಿಯೊಡೆಯುವ, 

ಹಸಿರ ಸಿರಿಯಲಿ ಬೆರೆಯುವ.

ಭಯ ಅನುಮಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಎಡೆ ಇರದ 



ನಿಜ ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ ಸಾಬೀತು ರುಜುವಾತಿನ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ

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Pork curry recipe

01 Jun 2017

  The modern style of living has not taken away the beauty of our traditional life.  Arebashe gowdas are well known for traditional delicious spicy foods. Pork curry is the one among them. The main three festivals, Kailmuhurtha or Kailpodh, Kaveri Sankramana and Huthri or Puthri are still celebrated with grandeur. These festivals are incomplete without pork curry.

  Pork Curry traditionally using the black vinegar Kachampuli which has a high degree of pungency with medicinal values. Kachampuli is concocted from a sour fruit called Kodampuli. It is prepared in such a careful way, the vinegar can be kept at room temperature without losing its taste and flavour for years together, if kept in a dry cool place in air tight jars or bottles. The kachampuli we get commercially is often adulterated and made with synthetic vinegar mixed with tamarind extract.

  Pork Curry is served with Akki Rotti that made by mashing left over cooked rice, mixed with rice flour, roasting the rotti on flame without oil. The rottis made thus are soft, have a nice flavour and smokey taste. Apart from Akki Rotti, it can be server with Kadambuttu / Pundi, neer dosa that also go well with the dish. 


1. Pork - 1 Kg
2. Red Chilly Powder - 2 Teaspoon
3. Turmeric Powder - 1 Teaspoon
4. Salt - To taste
5. Coriander Seeds - 4 Teaspoon
6. Cumin seeds - 1 Teaspoon
7. Mustard seeds - 1 Teaspoon
8. Black Pepper corns - 2 Teaspoon
9. Madras Onions or shallots - 100Gms chopped
10. Green Chillies - 10-12 chopped
11. Ginger - 2 inch piece
12 Garlic - 10 Cloves
13. Coriander leaves - A handful chopped
14. Refined Oil - 2-3 Teaspoon
15. Kachampuli - 1 Teaspoon


Clean, wash and cut the pork into small pieces. 
Apply red chilli powder, salt and Turmeric powder. Keep aside.
Dry roast the spices 5-8 one by one, till they all turn dark roasted but not burnt. Dry grind in a mill to a fine powder.
Coarsely grind or pound ingredients 9-13 to a rough chutney.
Heat 2 Teaspoon oil in a thick bottomed vessel. I prefer earthen pot for that extra flavour.
Fry handful of curry leaves(Optional) followed by the ground chutney. Fry till brown. Add the marinated pork, little water, cover and cook till the pork is almost done.
Now add the masala powder and Kachampuli. Check for salt. Cook further on slow fire for 5-10 mins.
Serve hot with akki rotti, pundi, rice rotti or neer dosa. 

Note: If you don't get Kachampuli, you may substitute that with a spoonful of brown vinegar and a spoon of tamarind extract.

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  ಗೌಡರ ಕುಟುಂಬ ಪದ್ದತಿಯನ್ನು ಬಲಗೊಳಿಸುವ ಮತ್ತು ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸುವ ಕೆಲಸದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಣಾಯಕ ಪಾತ್ರ ವಹಿಸುವುದು ಗೌಡರಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಶಕ್ತಿಶಾಲಿಯಾಗಿ ಉಳಿದು ಬಂದಿರುವ "ಬಳಿ ಪದ್ದತಿ".ಗೌಡರಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಿಯು ತಂದೆಯಿಂದ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಇಳಿದು ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ಗೌಡರಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಚಲಿತದಲ್ಲಿರುವ " ಹತ್ತು ಕುಟುಂಬ ಹದಿನೆಂಟು ಗೋತ್ರ " ಎಂಬ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಆಧರಿಸಿ ಕೆಲವು ವಿದ್ವಾಂಸರು ಗೌಡರಲ್ಲಿ 18 ಬಳಿಗಳು ಇವೆಯೆಂದು ಸಾಧಿಸಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಆದರೆ ವಾಸ್ತವವಾಗಿ ಇಂದಿಗೆ ಗೌಡರಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇವಲ 12 ಬಳಿಗಳು ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಸ್ತಿತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿವೆ. ಅವುಗಳೆಂದರೆ

೧. ನಂದರ ಬಳಿ
೨. ಬಂಗಾರ ಬಳಿ
೩. ಹೆಮ್ಮನ ಬಳಿ
೪. ಮೂಲರ
೫. ನಾಯರ
೬. ಚಾಲ್ಯರ
೭. ಗುಂಡ(ನ)ರ
೮. ಕಬರ್
೯. ಚಿತ್ತರ
೧೦. ಗೌಡರ
೧೧. ಬಳಸನ್ನ
೧೨. ಗೋಳಿ
ಮೂಲಃ ಗೌಡ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಪುಸ್ತಕ
ಇದಲ್ಲದೆ ಕೆಲವು ಮೂಲಗಳ ಪ್ರಕಾರ 18 ಗೋತ್ರಗಳಿದ್ದು ಅವುಗಳೆಂದರೆ (ಮೇಲಿನ ೧೨ ನ್ನು ಸೇರಿಸಿ)
೧೩. ಔದನ್ನ ಗೋತ್ರ
೧೪. ಸಾಲೆ ಗೋತ್ರ
೧೫. ಕರ್ಂಬೆರ್ ಗೋತ್ರ
೧೬. ಲಿಂಗಾಯತ ಗೋತ್ರ
೧೭. ಕರ್ಬನ್ನ ಗೋತ್ರ
೧೮. ಸೆಟ್ಟಿ ಗೋತ್ರ,(ಹಾಲು ಗುಂಡರ)
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06 Jan 2018

ಇಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಲ್ಲದ ಗಾಳಿ ಮಳೆ
ಮೊದಲ ಪ್ರೇಮದ ಹೈಕ್ಳು
ಗರಿ ಬಿಚ್ಚಿ ಸಂಭ್ರಮಿಸಿದರೆ
ಮುಖವಾಡದವರು ಹೆದರಿ
ಬಾಗಿಲು ಮುಚ್ಚಿದ್ದಾರೆ…

ಈ ಮಳೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೆನೆದವರೆಷ್ಟೋ..
ಹನಿಗಳು ದಕ್ಕಿಸಿಕೊಂಡವರೆಷ್ಟೋ..
ಕಳೆದ ಮಳೆಗೆ ನೆನೆದಿದ್ದ ಪ್ರೇಮಿ
ಈ ಮಳೆಗೂ ಮೈಯೊಡ್ಡಿದ್ದಾನೆ…
ನಡುವೆ ಕಣ್ಣೀರು ಸಂಗಮಿಸಿದ್ದು
ಯಾರಿಗೂ ತಿಳಿಯದಂತೆ….

ಮಳೆ ಬರಲಿ,
ಕರೆಂಟೂ ಕೈಕೊಡಲಿ..
ಚಿಮಿಣಿ ದೀಪಕ್ಕೆ ನಿನ್ನ ಮಚ್ಚೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಹೊಳೆಯಲಿ
ಈ ಜೋಪಡಿಗೂ ಮಳೆಹಾನಿ
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Entry of Gowdas to Amara Sullya region (Around 1530)

17 Jul 2017

    First migration of Gowdas took place from "Igoor Seeme" of present Manjirabad, Sakleshpura in Hassana District through the cart road of "Koodu rasthe" of Bhisle Ghati via Kulkunda Subrahamanya under the able leadership and chieftains of "Koojugodu Kattemane" who settled in Ainekki. This group carried a "Sannadhu"(Licence) and Niroopane (Proclamation or a Decree) from Sringeri Matha and Ikkeri Royalty which instructed the erstwhile chieftains - Banals to hand over the control of Temples and Lands to Gowdas.

   Equipped with "Sannadhu" (Licence), Niroopane (Proclamation) from Guru Matha and Aramane (Ikkeri Kings) Gowdas terrorised Ballals, the vassal rulers of Ikkeri Nayakas, and forcibly took control of lands and Temples.

   Here, it is imperative to state that the first Chieftain deputed by lkkeri Nayakas was Thimma Nayaka, under whose leadership the Gowda clan landed in Dakshina Kannada, was a follower of Lingayath faith. He was blood related to lkkeri Nayakas' Royalty. He was native of "Kenchammana Hoskote". He subsequently settled in Harihara Pallathadka and married a Gowda lady of the same clan — from Kajjodi Gowda family who were settled in nearby Kollamogru. His family came to be known as "Koojugodu Kattemane family". Koojugodu family name is the derivative of lady's family from which Thimmanayaka Married. Minima 

    Nayaka had two sons from a Gowda lady of Kajjodi family from Kollamogru whom he had married. Subsequently they intermarried with Gowda families and became (convened to Gowdas. Koojugodu Kattemane family, to this day, are belonging to "Nayeru Bali (Gothra)". They worship Kenchamma of Hoskote as their family deity.

   At this time Harihara, Balagodu, Ainekki, Kollamogru etc. areas were ruled by a Ballala who was living in Rathnapura of Balgodu and he was in control of Harihareshwara Temple. He was of loose character and womaniser. He was not liked by the people at large. The priest of the Harihareshwara temple had an illicit affair with Ballala's Sister Ballalthi and having come to know of this, Ballala murdered the priest. Consequently, Ballalthi committed suicide and Ballala had no heirs as they followed matrilineal succession. 
   Balugodu, Rathnapuri Ballala was nurturing enmity against .4 Thimma Nayaka family who had snatched land belonging to 111 him. Once, two sons of Thimma Nayaka had gone over to their 41 maternal house at Kollamogru where, a grand Market was being held and precious materials like gold, precious stones, Diamonds, pearls were traded. - Even to this day, precious stones are illegally mined from the adjoining forest. Ballala of Balagodu laid a plan to exterminate two sons of Thimma Nayaka on their return from Kollamogru. However, the two young men got scent of Ballala's plan and therefore, came prepared with swords, Sticks made out of thorny "Karkotaka Tree" etc., weapons and confronted Ballala and his men. On seeing the Young men and their group well equipped and in good strength Ballal's men retreated and Ballala hid himself in the Garbha Gudi (Sanctum sanctorium) of Hari Hareshwara temple. Thus the sanctity of temple was lost. The Young men did not follow Ballala and returned to their Beedu (residence). Peace prevailed for some time but, the grouse and enuoty remained! Later, Koojugodu Kattemane Gurikaras (chieftains), invited Ballala ruler during the Temple festival for a game °I "Ambugai" and in the process hit Ballala with the coconut on the head killing Ballala instantaneously. (Ambugai was a game where in Temple Poojari will hold a coconut, smeared with smashed Plaintain and oil (In order to be slippery) high among the crowd. There will be a competition among the groups of devoties to snatch and smash the same on the Mahadwara (entrance) of the Temple. Whichever group succeed in this endeavour are the winners). That is how rule of Ballals in Subrahamanya seeme like Subrahamany, Harihara Pallathadka, Kollamogru, Ainekki and Balgodu came to an end and migrant Gowdas attained supremacy and became the Jameendhars directly under the rule of Ikkeri Nayakas. Leftover Baal Clan, Bunts and Jains moved over to Moodabidre and Karkala areas. Some of them intermixed with Gowdas and came to be belonging to "Gundanna Bali".

   Later, there was some misunderstanding between the two brothers — sons of Thimmanayaka - in handling the issue of confrontation with Ballala. The two brothers stood in the Sangama of Rivers adjoining Harihareshwara Temple and took oath against each other and declared that they will have no relationship with other in the future. They followed two cranes flying in different directions and settled in places where the cranes sat (It is a well established fact that wherever the cranes settles those places are ideal for cultivation). Thus two families viz Kattemane and Koojugodu came to existence, though belonging to same linage, lived independently and separately without connection with each other (no Soothaka) to this day. Both the families belong to Nayeru Bali (Gothra) who were originally Lingayaths linage and later became Gowdas through intermarriages. (Ref. Dr. Chandrashekar Kiribhaga - Managing Trustee of Harihareshwara Temple,Harihara Pallatadka).

   Koojugodu Kattemane Sri Dharmapala Gowda Sic) of former Koojugodu Kattemane Gowda: Late Sri Shanthappa Gowda has provided Copies of various documents, proclamations, and produced the Brass "Bille" - Mohan,' (Plaque) issued from Sringeri Mutt of which pictures are attached. 


( This chapter is taken from book Pursuit Of Our Roots by Puttur Anantharaja Gowda. Book contains whole history of Gowdas and their culture. To get a copy of this book by post contact: 8073913336. Price Rs.230-00)

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