Monthly Archives: June 2012

Spill the check the brain(s)


Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in the coffee beans in 3 seconds, the right half of your brain is better developed than most people. If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, the right half of the brain is developed normally. If you find the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein. If you have not found the man after 3 minutes, the advice is to look for more of this type of exercise to make that part of the brain stronger!

And yes, the man is really there!

Badaga Connection

Coffee is planted along with tea in Kundha area [lower elevations]; and, dried and cleaned coffee beans are a given as standard gift [called ‘nattu’] to friends and relatives. This great tradition of giving ‘nattu’ is another trait that we can be proud of.


A glimpse of Badaga Cuisine and Dance

I found this interesting piece of youtube clip in FB – Badaga Group. Though it is, more of the Nilgiris and about a local hotel, I like the way Badagas have been portrayed – in a positive way.

I have mentioned about the Koi Udakka and Gaasu Dhotti in the Badaga Recipe page much earlier.see

Also, do you know that the Nilgiri Mountain Railway – now a UNO heritage – has a strong Badaga connection. Rao Bahadur Hubbathalai Joghee Gowder Bellie Gowder, undisputed Nakku Betta Chief till his demise in 1935, laid the NMR track from Mettupalayam to Ooty  in 1908 during the British time. Bellie Gowda was the one who built the first school for Badagas in Hubbathalai. He was given the title Rao Sahib and Rao Bahadur mainly because of this. See also

His son Rao Bahadur HB ARi Gowder, another great Nakku Betta leader, was the railway contractor during his time. see

Amazingly, these two were authorised to stop this ‘toy train’ anywhere between Coonoor and Ooty just by showing the hand to stop.