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Coorg Role Models

P. T. Bopanna
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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Language: English
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Kodavas (Coorgs), a microscopic minority community hailing from Kodagu (Coorg) district in Karnataka, were once known for their leadership qualities. This Kodava trait of being natural leaders was very much in evidence in the Defence services and Kodagu came to be known as the ‘Land of the Generals’.

However, in the last few decades, the community has not produced many truly outstanding men and women, except in the arena of sports.

As a chronicler of Kodagu, journalist and author P.T. Bopanna felt that one of the reasons for their inability to play leadership roles, was the absence of enough ‘role models’ in the community.

With a view to reignite the famed leadership qualities in the community,
Bopanna decided to promote ‘role models’ by starting the ‘Coorg Person of the Year’ title.

The concept first took shape in 2005 and Dr Kavery Nambisan,
a novelist and medical practitioner, was selected as the first Coorg Person of the Year. The selection was made based on the basis of a poll Bopanna conducted through his news portal There has been no looking back. This book features all the winners of the Coorg Person of the Year title till 2020.

The selection was not confined to the Kodava community, but included all residents of Coorg. For instance, one of the joint winners of the title in 2018 was industrialist Ashok Kumar Shetty, who donated part of his land to the government for building a road which was damaged by the floods and landslides of 2018. Another winner is Dr S.V. Narasimhan, the birdman of Coorg.

Age is no bar while selecting the Coorg Person. For instance, the winner of 2020, Dr Sanjana Kattera, a corona warrior, is in her twenties. So far, the title has been won by 19 persons. The winner of 2022 was film actress Rashmika Mandanna.

The book published by Rolling Stone Publications, features the achievements of the winners of the Coorg Person title.

The foreword for the book has been written by Preeth Ganapathy, who is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS).
Author Bopanna has written nine books so far, including the Gourmand award-winning book ‘The Romance of Indian Coffee’ and the bestselling books – ‘Are Kodavas (Coorg) Hindus?’ and ‘Rise and Fall of the Coorg State’.

About the Author


P. T. Bopanna (PalangandaThimmaiah Bopanna) was born on the 30th of June in 1950. He is a journalist and author from Kodagu District in Karnataka, India. Bopanna's career covers working in some of India's leading English dailies. He is the author of nine books, most of which are on Kodagu and cover topics ranging from tourism, culture and politics, to coffee.

Bopanna's various digital assets (websites & social media) were developed over the years and provide a wealth of information on Kodagu. They cover the hilly land's unique cuisine and jewellery, details of the home stays and news from the region.

Going from journalism to activism for Kodagu-related causes was probably a natural progression for Bopanna, as was teaching journalism, with his extensive experience, in the colleges of Bengaluru.

Early life:
Bopanna completed his schooling at Gonikoppal in Kodagu. He obtained his B.A. degree (Economics) from Madras University (Chennai) and M.A. in Political Science from Karnatak University, Dharwad. He also has a post-graduate Diploma in Journalism from Bhavan's College, Mumbai where he was a student of well-known journalist M.V. Kamath.

Bopanna began his journalistic career in 1981 as the Coorg Correspondent of The Hindu newspaper. He worked briefly with The Times of Deccan at Bengaluru, where he was mentored by veteran journalist T.J.S. George.
He joined The Times of India, Bangalore in 1984 as a Reporter and exited after 12 years as Principal Correspondent.

He subsequently worked as Special Correspondent with The Pioneer (New Delhi), at Bengaluru, from 1996 onwards for 13 years, where he covered mostly political news for the paper. He served simultaneously as the Bangalore Stringer of the Associated Press, an American news agency for six years. Here he covered general news with an emphasis on human interest stories.

Bopanna went on to teach journalism to undergraduate and post-graduate students from 2001 to 2006. The institutes he taught at were Surana College, Jain College and Sri Sri Institute of Media Studies, all three located in Bengaluru.

Bopanna won two awards in 1986 instituted by the Bangalore Reporters' Guild for 'Best crime story' and 'Scoop of the year'.

His book ‘The Romance of Indian Coffee’ won the prestigious Gourmand International Award under the ‘Best in the World’ coffee book category in 2015.

Bopanna has written nine books: 'Discover Coorg' (2006, Prism Books); 'The Rise and Fall of the Coorg State' (2009); 'Dateline Coorg' (2010); 'Coorg: Land of Beauty and Valour' (2010, Prism Books): 'The Romance of Indian Coffee' (2011, Prism Books); 'Are Kodavas (Coorgs) Hindus?' (2018), My Coorg Chronicles (2020): Coorg Role Models (2021) and ‘Round And About With P T Bopanna’ (2022).

The book 'Discover Coorg', published by Prism Books Ltd,. Bengaluru, was translated into Kannada and titled – 'Kodagu: Mungaru Maleya Vismayada Nadu'(2008). While another book 'Rise and Fall of the Coorg State' has been translated into both Kannada and Kodava languages.

In 2005 Bopanna launched, a news and tourism portal. The other six websites promoted by him are:,,,, and

DVD on Coorg:
In April of 2015, Bopanna released a 35-minute DVD on Coorg called 'Discover Coorg Video'. It features tourist spots, homestays, Coorg jewellery, golf courses in Coorg, the Kodava family hockey festival and Kodava culture, including the traditional folk dances and Kodava weddings.

Online Campaign:
Through his news portal, Bopanna started an online campaign in 2012 to improve the condition of the neglected Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road, a 45-km stretch of highway between the districts of Mysuru and Kodagu. Due to the pressure exerted by the sustained social media campaign, the re-laying of the road was completed in 2014.

Actively involved in social media, he has more than 20,000 members on his various Facebook groups/pages. Bopanna also conducts an annual poll to select the 'Coorg person of the Year', the winner is picked from a shortlist by members of his Facebook groups. The winners of Coorg Person of the Year title have been featured in the book Coorg Role Models.

Personal life:
Bopanna is the son of P. M. Thimmaiah and Kamy Thimmaiah. His father served as Deputy Conservator of Forests in the Andamans. He is married to Sita Bopanna. Bopanna's son is Devaiah Bopanna, a Mumbai-based creative writer who is married to Bhakti Saraswat and they have a son Raghav Thimmaiah.

Source: Wikipedia

Book Details

ISBN: 9789385741012
Publisher: Rolling Stone Publications
Number of Pages: 72
Dimensions: 5.51"x8.27"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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