Bella Gowder and Wg cdr JP
He is 94 years young and is in good health and does not like to have any artificial help like hearing aids etc. He moves on his own and politely declines when somebody tries to help him climb down the stair case or get into the car.
May God bless him with many more active years!
Incidentally, Bella Gowder’s second son Bala, a highly qualified engineer by profession with varied interests, is another Badaga Buff, having done a lot of research on Badagas. He has authored the book “Paamé“, a must read for every Badaga .
“ Paamé ” – The history and culture of the Badagas of the Nilgiris by B.Balasubramaniam, encompasses a comprehensive history of the Badaga Community and showcases to the world the unique aspects of Badaga history and culture and is a treasure trove in ethnology.