Round And About with P T Bopanna
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This book is a compilation of articles by journalist P.T. Bopanna written in a lighter vein. Most of the articles relate to Kodagu (Coorg) district in Karnataka State.
Bopanna says that, being a chronicler of Kodagu involving documenting facts, there was hardly any scope for engaging in humour or tongue-in-cheek write-ups in his previous books. Hence, he decided to put together his articles narrating his personal experiences and anecdotes written with a pinch of humour in this book.
The title of the book was inspired by the daily column 'Round and About' by Behram "Bussybee" Contractor, one of India's best known humour writers. When Bopanna was doing his journalism internship with Mid-Day newspaper in Mumbai, Busybee was working there.
The author recounts how decades ago, it was compulsory for Kodava girls to know how to prepare otti (Flatbread made from rice) before being considered eligible for marriage.
He mentions the dishes that the Kodavas (Coorgs) prepared to fortify themselves during the harsh monsoon - dishes like mudre kanni (horse gram gravy), kembu kari (a curry made from colocasia leaf) and baimbale (bamboo shoot) curry.
The book contains many more such offbeat write-ups on Coorg.