The Coorg Investors Meet which concluded at Madikeri on Monday is turning out to be a murky deal. The meet involved govt entertaining investors who want to invest in Coorg and govt proposing to offer lands to them around Madikeri. According to the news reports, 25,000 acres around Madikeri are up for grabs. Cauvery Family and other NGO’s are crying foul, and the deal between the Govt and the Investors itself seems to be a Hogwash.
Most of the land around Madikeri is either Forest preserves or Agricultural land, Govt is saying that they will only sell Govt land to the investors and private lands will not be acquired. The reality seems to be quite different.
Madikeri MLA and Sports Minister, Appachu Ranjan who was present at the meet on Monday said:
And the Chief Minisiter Jagadish Shettar pointed out at the meet that:
Stating further that:
But on the other hand Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Kodagu District Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which facilitated and the meet and will “will act as a facilitator between investors, locals, and government agencies” have something totally different to say about it.
On December 5th the FKCCI president K Shiva Shanmugam told the reporters that;
The same day the predsident of FKCCI further stated that:
While Govt on one hand claims that Ec0-friendly and Agro based industries will be set-up and no private land will be acquired, on the other hand the FKCCI is opening claiming that they will acquire private lands and the investors can utilize the land for “garment firms, food-processing industry, cold-storage facility, IT industries, besides those tapping the district’s rich tourism potential”.
While on one hand the Cheif Minsiter talks about “giving emphasis to industries which do not harm environment”, the FKCCI is encourgaing “Garment Firms and Cold Storage Facilities” to be set-up.
Garments Firms are NOT at all “environmental friendly”. Plus, in such a mountainous place like Coorg, which lacks connectivity through good roads and electricity supply, how can IT Industry flourish?. Where is the infrastructure for industries ?
The deal seems to be to acquire land and hoard it, for the benefit of few. The only other viable industry that seems can come up on the lands that Govt proposes to dole out to the investors, would be Tourism. But if Govt is honest then they need to first develop the infrastructure and then think about giving away the land. But the way the Govt is going about it, by not letting the public know the truth and the whole truth, the deal seems to be jinxed for forests, agriculture and public at large.
Everyone is being taken for a ride.
A Very Happy Puthari to All.
We wish our visitors a very happy Kaveri Sankramana. May Kaveriamme bless you with every happiness and prosperity.
A Gourmet's Table in Coorg
Since last December, we have been involved in tasting and discussing the new menus from an iconic Taj restaurant – Karavalli. Internationally renowned for its unique representations of the regional cuisines of the South West Coast, Karavalli, meaning ‘the land by the shore’ is in a class by itself and the new menu boasts several outstanding additions and rare culinary treats, carefully put together after years of planning.
Behind the scenes at Karavalli, you will find gigantic versions of your grandmother’s cooking vessels that are now almost obsolete in modern kitchens. The food is served in beautifully styled brass, copper, bell metal and cast iron dishes. If this sounds like the fast disappearing, traditional south Indian home, that is precisely the ambience that has been carefully re-created here, reinforced when the food arrives. These are the kinds of flavours that you would expect to find when a friend invites you home to a special meal, where a mother or aunt has cooked much loved family favourites, following a recipe handed down the generations with the best, the freshest ingredients available. Karavalli’s reputation is built on a solid bank of such family recipes, garnered carefully over months of travel and years of detective work from homes in coastal Karnataka, Goa and Kerala, and some forays a little inland, to Syrian Christian and Coorg homes.
The man most closely associated with this remarkable, multiple award -winning restaurant is Barianda Naren Thimmaiah. A Murnad lad, Thimmaiah grew up on the unique cuisine of his native Coorg, distinctly shaped by the seasons, a background that helps him understand perfectly the philosophy of Karavalli: a philosophy that presents seasonal specials and pays obsessive attention to sourcing authentic raw materials and spices to create that perfect dish. Kachampuli, for instance, the prized Coorg vinegar, black pepper and cardamom, all drawn from the soil of Coorg, with their unique flavours are procured fresh from carefully selected suppliers. And on the menu are two Coorg favourites – one of them is koli barthad, dark, pepper fried chicken, a quintessential Coorg fry, offered up at every home. Chickens, free range and full of flavour were always available, so this was an easily prepared, popular dish with chunks of chicken and a dash of kachampuli, full of the fire of home grown peppercorns. The second offering from Coorg is bollari barthad, fried Mangalore cucumber, typical in its simplicity of the Coorg vegetarian menu. In true Karavalli style, both these recipes are from a Coorg housewife, who takes pride in her excellent table – Chef Naren Thimmaiah’s mother!
Chef Thimmaiah has had his share of national and international recognition. In 2005, he represented India at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore, one of the few Indian chefs to do so, since it was established in 1997. In 2009 he was judged the Best Chef Of India, in his category at the National Tourism Awards and, in 2010, he was among ten Indian chefs chosen by the Singapore Tourism Board to be part of a prestigious Chefs Exchange Programme. You are likely to spot him on TV shows, in food magazines and the newspapers, frequently.
The affable and imperturbable Thimmaiah takes all the press and attention as part of a days work. He is more interested in innovating and experimenting to refine the dining experience the restaurant offers and even more importantly, keeping the quality consistent from one day to the next. He travels often visiting small eateries and homes across the South West Coast on the track of an elusive recipe or ingredient. He remains rooted in the culture and traditions of Coorg, and having grown up with its cuisine, observing its preparations and understanding its nuances, he brings a rare expertise to Karavalli.
News Digest: Envirnomentalists and Locals Join Hands to check rampant encroachment of Sacred Forests, KHB to form housing layout in Madikeri, Balarama leaves for Mysore, 50 Lac for Madikeri DasaraSeptember 11th, 2012 by Staff Reporter Posted in General News & Stories
Enviromentalists, NGO’s and Villagers alleged that thousands of acres of Sacred Groves have been encroached by people and politicians are not bothered. There have launched a campaign to protect and demanded the Sacred Forests be scientifically suryed and encroachers evicted. – Greens, Locals join hands to protect Sacred Groves – TOI
Karnataka Housing Board planning to develop a layout in Madikeri - KHB to form housing layout in Madikeri -DH
Balarama leaves for Mysore Dasara - First batch of dasara jumbos reach Mysore – TOI
CM has assured to release 50 Lakh for Madikeri Dasara function - CM promises 50 lakh for Madikeri Dasara – DH
General News & Stories
Bikramjit Ray the Foodie – seen on NDTV, is in Bangalore and on a hunt for a plate full of pandi curry and a bride with his new show Fat Man and 13 Brides. This time on his hit list is a Kodava woman. Ray has a hearty appetite for south-indian women.
He told The Hindu that:
We wish Ray luck and advice the Kodavathi to keep the Odikathi handy, just in case…..
News Digest: Dress Code at Talacauvery, Sakala in Coorg, Indian Army Recruitment Rally, Dubare Elephants get GPS, Kaveri Ponnapa goes fishingSeptember 6th, 2012 by Staff Reporter Posted in General News & Stories
Talacauvery Temple Committee feels that men and women do not dress properly and litter around. They plan to enforce dress code and campaign against littering by visitors - Talacauvery temple panel to enforce dress code – DNA
Sakala has been very effective in Kodagu and few other districts – Sakala gets 1 crore applications – TOI
The Indian Army is looking for men, recruitment rally to come to Coorg. - Join Indian Army, be a winner of life – TOI
Railway Minister says the rail link between Mysore and Kushalnagar will be completed within 4 Years - Kodagu on railway map soon: Minister – DH
Dubare Elephants get GPS - Security: GPS fitted on two elephants in Kodagu – DH
Kaveri Ponnapa goes fishing down memory lane and we smack lips while she cooks the catch - Fishing for compliments - DC
General News & Stories
Let Goddess Kaveri usher more Peace, Joy & Prosperity.
For the reluctant Non-Vegetarians, Click here for something you will find tasty.
There is an interesting article in The Hindu about the Vittala(Vittal) Kingdom in Mangalore and its descendents the Heggade Family. The article provides information about the erstwhile Vittala Kingdom, its lineage, palace and customs. Something very interesting to note is that it has a Kodava connection.
To quote from The Hindu;
What is a ornamental lamp with Kodava inscription doing in a Tuluva kingdom is something to ponder upon.