New coffee table book ‘Coorg: Land of Beauty and Valour’ released
The new coffee table book ‘Coorg: Land of Beauty and Valour’ captures the natural beauty of Coorg and gives practical hints on where to go and what to see in this picturesque land. Unlike the usual coffee tables books, this pictorial book is affordable, though not lacking in quality.
The phenomenal success of his first book ‘Discover Coorg’, a travel book, prompted writer and journalist P.T. Bopanna to go in for a coffee table book.
While ‘Discover Coorg’ was largely tourist-centric, the new book has a fair amount of history and culture, besides tourism. Another area which has received special attention in this book pertains to food and lifestyle.
Commenting on his new book, Bopanna says: “I felt that only a coffee table book could capture the natural beauty, the unique culture and the colourful lifestyle of the Coorgs (Kodavas), known for their martial traditions and hospitality. At the same time, I wanted to make the book affordable. Generally, a coffee table book is beyond the reach of the average reader.”
In the new book, Bopanna has showcased the writings of some of the finest writers in Coorg. Each writer has been allotted a section pertaining to his or her area of interest. This makes for variety and interesting reading.
While researchers Boverianda Chinnappa and Nanjamma Chinnappa have contributed articles on Kodava customs, writer C.P.Belliappa has written on Coorg history. Anthropologist Kambiranda Kaveri Ponnapa has written on food and festivals. Kaveri, known for her culinary skills, has contributed Coorg recipes for the book. Textile designer Chindamada Arati Monappa has written on Coorg lifestyle. The foreword for the book has been penned by writer Pattadamada Sundar Muthanna.
The book has also pictures from internationally renowned wildlife photographers, Krupakar-Senani.
Bopanna’s book ‘Rise And Fall Of The Coorg State’, published in 2009, had created a record of sorts for a book on Coorg, in English. The book was reprinted within two months of its release. ‘Datline Coorg’, a compilation of his articles on Coorg in the last two decades, came out this August.
‘Coorg: Land of Beauty and Valour’, has been published by Prism Books, Bangalore, and priced at Rs 280.
The book is available at all the leading book shops in Bangalore, including the Gangarams on M.G. Road and all the branches of Sapna Book House. The book is also available at Sapna Book House in Mysore, located next to Gayathri Bhavan on Narayan Shastry Road. You can also shop online at www.sapnaonline.com.
The book is available at the following shops in Kodagu:
Daily Needs, Gonikoppal
Nilgiri Super Market, Gonikoppal
Arun Stores, Madikeri
Nambikay, M.G. Road, Near Raja’s Seat, Madikeri
Komal Stores, Madikeri
M.S.R. Supermart, Virajpet