Deepak from Nanjanaadu
Sir, I used to mail you 4 to 5 years back. My father is in Army[Subedar Major].I wanted to ask you is there any translation of the book – “History of Hethey Amman“, either in English or if possible in Hindi.
Then sir, I am really happy to see your interest towards our community.Really it feels good to see such an interest and effort.Hope this effort will try to reveal the feelings that we teens have towards our community. Visiting the site after so many years it feels as if it is your obsession.Please don’t let this obsession get dormant.We youngsters actually need someone to tell our identity and tell us who we are.
Hello Deepak, I am very glad and feel thrilled to see your email. Unfortunately, there is no translation of the booklet on Hethey in English or Hindi.
I feel extremely happy that this website and its contents make youngsters like you to learn about us, ‘tell our identity and tell us who we are‘ as you have beautifully put it. As I keep repeating, ‘there is plenty to learn and know about ‘Badagas, the beautiful people of the Blue Mountains‘.
My motivation to keep going with this website is due to the encouraging words like yours. Thank you very much. – Wg Cdr JP
The ‘HARD FACT’
The Nigiris, the famous tourist hill station, known as 'Naakku Betta' to the native Badagas, is indeed a Nature's gift and piece of Paradise on earth.
Unfortunately, the district does not offer many if not any job opportunities to the increasingly aspiring and educated youth. They have to go down to the plains like Coimbatore, Tirupur etc. And, in the bargain, many Badagas have relocated to the plains on a permanent basis.
Another unfortunate fallout is, with the falling price for unprocessed [green leaf] tea, Badagas have been selling their tea estates ['Thotta' to them], usually small holdings of a couple of acres as a sort of distress sale. The outsiders mainly from big cities are always willing to grab a piece of 'Paradise' as their holiday vacation destination.
Added to the misery is the exploitation by the 'middle men' who literally make a 'killing' in both selling of plots/houses in the plains for huge prices or buying the land [small tea estates] for a song.
Over a period of time and after a lot of discussions, I have identified VEDA PROPERTIES, owned by a Badaga, to be one of the transparent and reliable concerns who can offer very good services. They have tied up with many reputed property developers.
Veda Properties can help in buying/selling plots and built houses both in the Nilgiris and in Coimbatore districts including the much sought after destinations like Veerapandi, Peria Nayakkan Palayam, Vada Madurai, Thidialur etc
hat is more, Veda Properties have agreed to offer special discounts to the readers of our website www.badaga.co.
If interested in special discounts please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a FREE service for a fair deal and an initiative to prevent exploitation.
Bird or Flower?
Hakkilu Hoo [Bird Flower] found in the Nilgiri Hills