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Malnad Musings: Part I

When we think of tourism in Karnataka, the only places that come to mind are the temples and forts at Mysore, Srirangapatna, Belur, Halebid or the ruins of Hampi, Badami, Aihole and the likes... Places like Coorg and Kemmangundi are growing more popular these days as weekend getaways. But Karnataka is more than just these places...
In this post and the next few I'll try and take you to some relatively unknown yet magnificent places in the Malnad region of the state('Male' in Kannada means mountain and 'nadu' means land).

I'll start with a lesser known place called Samse. Samse is in the Chikmaglur district and is some 10-15km from Kalasa town along the Sringeri-Kudremukh road which is on the way towards Horanadu, a popular pilgrimage centre. The best time to visit Samse is just before the onset of the monsoon(that's exactly when we went). Now the journey itself offers some breath-taking views of the Ghats. I was told a family friend's relative had a hous…

Fish out of the water speaks out-of-the-box!

There's an application in Ubuntu called Wanda the Fish, the Fortune teller that spews out little pearls of wit, wisdom and slapstick humour on demand... some of it is arbit though. Since no good game works in Linux(THE reason why I love Windows) this I guess is the best thing to do when you're bored and you're on Linux(well you better have a good reason turn on Linux in the first place, unless of course you have people like Mr.Kini around). Here are just a few of the Wanda-isms:

You look like a million dollars. All green and wrinkled.Do something unusual today. Pay a bill.Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. What's a light-year? A: One-third less calories than a regular year.
-Best of all is never to have been born. Second best is to die soon.-Excellent day to have a rotten day.-Q: What do Winnie the Pooh and John the Baptist have in common? A: The same middle name.
-Your lucky color has faded.

Who cares???

We're from INDIA. 'We're the next BIG thing'. 'India Everywhere!'.'Watch out West, here we come!' 'The next century belongs to India and China.' 'Dragon v/s Tiger'. Everytime we see such lines on news-deprived news channels or in some tabloids, we gloat blithely and satisfacorily. Agreed. We have managed to change the idea that the west has of India from being a land of snake-charmers to an extremely promising land with prodigal kids and extremely talented youth who vie for the same jobs as them and in most cases, get them too. We have arrived. But in the midst of all this growth, there's one thing that we've allowed to come into our lives so much that now we hardly seem to notice it despite it staring in the eye - the 'Who cares' attitude.

In the wake of this middle-class affluence and the new-found splurging power, we, the urban Indian youth, seem to be a rather confused lot. We slog it out at work for 5 days during whic…