This site is dedicated to my mother, Idyammal Bellie Gowder
Born into the richest family of the Badagas in 1912, forced to marry at the age of fifteen, to a poor but educated man who was eighteen years elder, just to honour and the keep the words of your father Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowda, from a sick bed, you suffered in silence and bravely accepted all the short comings of life.
Though you were the youngest among five brothers, you were not given any share of your father’s property of nearly 950 acres of land and many houses spread around the Nilgiris, Nakku Betta, because you were a girl child.
But, your eldest brother, the great Ari Gowda, the undisputed leader of Badagas for many years – till his death in 1971, was a constant help and support inspite of opposition from the next generation of male members.
Though you were the unifying force of Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder family of Hubbathalai, you ignored the ridicule and became a role model of determination showing exceptional leadership qualities.
The suffering and hardship did not deter you to educate each and every child, both boys and girls numbering eight, sending all to colleges [including one to a medical and another to engineering].
Your 99 years and ten months of life, was full of wisdom and a source of inspiration to children, grand children and great grand children living all around the world.
Oh mother, I touch your feet and seek your blessings wherever you are!
ENGELLAVA OLLENGAY BADUKKU ENDHU HARACHCHU, THAAYEY !!