"Preserve the culture,nature of Coorg": Dr.Karan Singh During his recent visit to Kodagu,Dr.Karan Singh, former Maharaja of Kashmir and now a Rajya Sabha MP, spoke to Kamini Devaiah , editor of www.coorg-online.com. We reproduce the dited version of the interview. ..........
Memories are short lived. not many of this generation are aware of the fact that Coorg has produced the first woman career diplomat of India Ms. Chonira Muthamma Belliappa (in pic). She resided in the heart of Gonikoppal town with her mother, sister and a brother. Her father was a forest officer. Muthamma passed out of St. Joseph 's Convent, Mercara with a 1st class in her S.S.L.C.and stood first in the erstwhile Madras University.
Virarajendrapet is now embellished with a clock-tower, ereceted in front of the Post Office. The foundation stone of the building was laid, by Sir Hugh Daly, the Chief Commissioner or Coorg, on the 5th February, 1914, when he visted the town, during his tour in Coorg. It is the gift of Mr. Mukkatira Iyappah, a successful coffee planter.Incommemoration of the Coronation or the King-Emperor, at Delhi. It has already proved a boon to the public. Mr. R H Ellis, I.C.S, the District Magistrate of Coorg performed the opening ceremony, on the 16th January 19US, and handed over the building to the Virarajendrapet Muncipality.
Coorg gears up for hockey fest
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"That's why four Arjuna awardees
MP Ganesh, BP Govinda, MM Somaiah Hyderabad: Have you heard of a two and myself – hail from Coorg,” he said. month hockey tournament involving as “So far, our district has produced 34 intermany as 287 teams and 4,500 players? It is nationals.” held annually in Coorg, probably more Though Coorgis have nose for other popular for coffee plantations than its love sports like rallying, cricket, tennis and affair with hockey. With as many as four athletics, hockey has a pride of place. players in the Indian team for Sultan Azlan “Coorgis cannot imagine life without Shah tournament, Coorgis' romance with hockey. Parents will encourage their chilthe sport continues to blossom. drean to play at an early age. As a result, the Former Indian goalkeeper AB Subbaiah game flourishes at the club level. Any spoke to The Times of India on the side- hockey coach is assured of enrolling 50 enlines of the Indian camp on what makes thusiastic youngsters,” the amiable Subhockey tick in his native district. “Hockey baiah explained. is part of our culture. Coorgis grow up Coorg's affinity with hockey, Subbaiah with sticks in their hand and a dreams in said, can be traced back to the days of the their minds about representing India. British Raj.
The Autumn of a General
A staunch nationalist, a disciplinarian, a dedicated and committed statesman, General Cariappa was jewel among men. Dr P M Sundaram recalls memorable moments spent with the General at Command Hospital.
Tanuary 15 is celebrated in good health, he was afevery year as the Army fected with problems associ
Day. This is because, it ated with old age. He was (Left) Former President R Venkataraman, Mrs Venkataraman call on Field Marshal Cariappa. (Right) Field Marshall with friends from the Ar was on this day that an Indi suffering from Parkinson's, an officer, General Cariappa loss of memory, osteoarthri- treat the Field Marshal. One room would serve as his qualities. I have also given him, he told me that I was vailed. Fortunately, he took over as the Comman- tis of various joints and they had to carry various bedroom, whilst the other just a few personal experi- improperly dressed, as I did neither a diabetic nor hyr der-in-Chief of the Indian aches and pains in different instruments and equipment would be used as the draw- ences to bring out his metic- not have a cap. I learnt the tensive. So there were no parts of the body,
needed for him. All this en ing room, where he could re-ulousness about dress eti- lesson and during the rest of strictions by and large. As we approach another tailed a lot of time for the ceive guests and also serve quette.
my tenure, I would never were indeed happy that Army Day, I thought I would Stay in ASC Mess
various specialists, nursing as his study room. It took In the Armed Forces, we venture to see him without a could have all meals nam pen down some of my recol- As he was a national fig. and paramedical staff. It in some weeks to get this suite do not wear the headgear cap.
breakfast, lunch, tea lections dating back to 1986 ure and retired Army chief, volved logistical and trans- ready. Once it was ready, we whilst in a building. Howev- To look after his personal dinner mostly on all days 1 1990 when I was in c arge of it was my responsibility as portation problems. I debat shifted him to the "Cariappa er, if you go out you wear a needs, he was provided with Command Hospital, Banga the commandant of the Hosed these issues and since I Block” in the officers' ward. cap. During my rounds of an officer who functioned as
The hospital family lore and Field Marshal Cari pital, to provide the best felt these would continue for He stayed in the Command the Hospital, I used to go his staff officer. In addition, We would get him to pc appa was a patient of the medical care to him. I ob- some time, I decided that it Hospital till his demise. around without a cap, as I we had a Nursing officer in side over various functid Hospital. I took over as Com served that that my special would be best to shift the It was my privilege to had to go from one ward to attendance around the in the hospital like the he mandant of the Air Force ists such as the senior advis Field Marshal to Command look after the Field Marshal. another within the hospital clock. The Field Marshal pital anniversary. He lov Command Hospital in mid er in medicine, orthopaedic Hospital.
I had comply with his punc- campus. This was strictly was used to a western diet. to be amongst children. 1986. Field Marshal Cariap surgeon and other special tuality, discipline, sense of not correct. However, I had So we provided him with got him to come to sche pa, the First Indian Com ists had to visit him every
Shifted to a ward
humour dedication to the got used to this routine. So meals as desired by him. sports day and distribu mander-in-Chief of the Indi day in the ASC Officers'
I made the necessary nation, compassion and when the Field Marshal was The hospital dietician prizes to children. On an Army was staying in the mess. In addition nursing arrangements in the offi- love, particularly to chil- shifted to Command Hospi- would take instructions birthdays, we would ha ASC Officer's Mess, at this staff as well as paramedical cer's ward of the Command dren. I have noted down var tal, I went to see him.
"FORTUNE FORETOLD? Astrologlca (P.Shroff up), winner of The Governor's Cup at
Bangalore last Friday, being led in by trainer N A Ponnappa (right) and P K Daruwalla,Managing Director, United Racing and Bloodstock Breeders Ltd
RIOT OF COLOURS; Ace fashion designer Neeta Lulla,Bollywood star Sameera Reddy, scion of the Mysore royal family Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and Bangalore's fashion guru Prasad Bidappa share a light moment at Colours of Fashion, a show organized on Wednesday to celebrate The Times of India going all-colour
TEAM Coorg in the United States of America, The Kodavas of America, under the banner “Kodava Field Hockey Association of USA, formed last year have kept the Kodava hockey tradition going by forming a team called “Team Coorg “
KOA honours achievers past and present at glittering function
Bangalore: Recognising the brilliant show by Karnataka Athletes in the recent Asian Games and commonwealth games, the stste govt on Wednesday announced major cash Bonanza for medal winners
Many Kodavas have valuable collections of paper clippings on varied themes like news items pertaining to Kodagu and Kodavas, achievements of eminent Kodavas/Kodavatis in the fields of education culture, sports etc
Such clippings contain a wealth of information worth preserving for posterity.
Kodava Clan intends to take up this activity. A search index will be created to enable searching and locating of transparencies based on keywords compiled from captured readable text.