Kannada version of the book ‘Discover Coorg’ released
The Kannada version of journalist P.T. Bopanna’s ‘Discover Coorg’, the bestselling handbook on Kodagu, has been launched.
The book titled ‘KODAGU: MUNGARU MALEYA VISMAYADA NADU’, has been translated into Kannada by Mr T.S. Gopal, Principal of Srimangala Junior College in Kodagu district.
On the new book, the author, Bopanna, who is also the editor of the portal, www.coorgtourisminfo.com, said: “In view of the phenomenal success of the English version of my book ‘Discover Coorg’, I decided to bring out the Kannada version. The decision to bring out the Kannda edition was reinforced by the fact that hardly any book on Kodagu in Kannda was available in the book shops. While the English version was basically aimed at the tourists from outside the state, the Kannda edition is meant to open a window to Kodagu for the rest of Karnataka. I hope I will succeed in my mission.”
Mr Gopal who has translated the book into Kannada, had earlier undertaken the work of bringing out a Kodava-Kannada dictionary.
The foreword for the book has been written by Mr C.M. Ramachandra, former editorial representative of The Hindu, at Bangalore. Mr Ramachandra was the Kodagu correspondent of The Hindu for several years in the early 1950s.
Most of the articles in the third English edition of ‘Discover Coorg’ have been incorporated in the Kannada edition. These include the articles of Mrs. Bollera Jajie Mandanna, well-known consumer activist and former president of the Bangalore Kodava Samaja, on Kodava wedding, Dr S.V. Narasimhan’s article on birds of Kodagu, Dr Boverianda Nanjamma Chinnappa’s article on Kodava cuisine, Mrs. Chindamada Arati Monappa’s articles on Kodagu jewellery and on the Huthri harvest festival.
The book is priced at Rs 120. The book contains more than 40 colour photographs, including the photographs of the renovated Bhagamandala and Talacauvery temples. The cartoons of Ponnappa, and photographs from internationally renowned wildlife photographers – Krupakar-Senani, figure in the Kannada edition also.
The book has been published by Prism Books, Bangalore, who had published the English editions.
The book is available at all the major book shops in Bangalore and Mysore. The book will be made available shortly in Kodagu.