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Discover Coorg

P. T. Bopanna
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Genre: Travel
Language: English
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This book is a delightful introduction to Coorg. The book is handy and contains all the basic things you need to know if you are visiting Coorg, known as the Scotland of India, in the southern state of Karnataka. The book covers tourist spots, Kodava people and their traditions, history, and most importantly Coorg/Kodava food recipes.
In the preface to the book, published in 2006, author P.T. Bopanna, says: “The idea for this book took shape by accident. In recent years, Coorg has emerged as a major tourist destination. Tourists from both within the country and abroad, wanting to visit this landlocked hill station, do not find much information either through books or on the Net.
“Moreover, Coorg has a unique history and culture, different from any of its neighbours in South India. With a view to throw more light on this martial race, renowned for its brave men and beautiful women, I launched a website on Coorg called With computer penetration being low in India, I thought the best way to reach out to those who want to know more about Coorg, was to bring out a book. I hope this book will serve as a handbook for those wanting to know more about Coorg as well as those looking for information from a tourist’s perspective. Hailing from Coorg, and having monitored the developments in Coorg from a journalistic point of view in the last two and half decades, I thought it was my professional duty to write on this astonishing land of the bold and the beautiful.”

About the Author

P. T. Bopanna (born 30 June 1950) is an author and journalist from Kodagu (Coorg) in Karnataka, India. Palanganda Thimmaiah Bopanna has worked for some of the leading Indian English dailies, including The Times of India, Bengaluru, for 12 years (Principal Correspondent), and The Pioneer (New Delhi), as their Special Correspondent (Bengaluru) for 13 years. He has written nine books.
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 Bhavans, 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 briefly worked with The Times of Deccan at Bengaluru, where he was mentored by veteran journalist T.J.S. George.
He served for 12 years with The Times of India, Bangalore (June, 1984), starting as Reporter and exiting as Principal Correspondent. Subsequently, he worked for 13 years as Special Correspondent with The Pioneer (New Delhi) at Bengaluru from August, 1996. He covered mostly political news for the paper. For six years he served as Bangalore Stringer (from 1998) of the Associated Press, an American news agency. He covered general news with emphasis on human interest stories. He taught journalism for six years to undergraduate and post-graduate students from 2001 to 2006. For two years, he taught at Surana College, Bengaluru, two years at Jain College, Bengaluru, and two years at Sri Sri Institute of Media Studies, 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) and The Romance of Indian Coffee (2011, Prism Books).
The book Discover Coorg, published by Prism Books Ltd., Bengaluru, was translated into the Kannada language – Kodagu: Mungaru Maleya Vismayada Nadu (2008). Another book Rise and Fall of the Coorg State has been translated into both the Kannada and the Kodava (Coorg) languages. Bopanna compiled the book 'Are Kodavas (Coorgs) Hindus?' (2018), which debates the religion of the Kodavas. In 2020, Bopanna authored ‘My Coorg Chronicles’, which traces his journalistic journey, and his foray into writing books. In 2021, he published his book ‘Coorg Role Models’ which features the winners of the ‘Coorg Person of the Year’ title. Bopanna authored ‘Round and About with P T Bopanna’ in 2022.
Bopanna launched, a news and tourism portal in 2005. The websites promoted by him are:
DVD on Coorg:
In April 2015, Bopanna released a 35-minute DVD on Coorg called Discover Coorg Video. It features tourist spots, homestays, Coorg jewellery, and golf ranges 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 highway between the districts of Mysuru and Kodagu. Due to the sustained campaign, the relaying of the road was completed in 2014.
He is also actively involved in social media. He has more than 20,000 members on his various Facebook groups/pages. He also conducts an annual online poll to select the 'Coorg person of the Year'.
Personal life
Bopanna is the son of P. M. Thimmaiah, who served as Deputy Conservator of Forests in Andaman Islands, and Kamy Thimmaiah. He is married to Sita Bopanna. Bopanna's son Devaiah Bopanna, is a Mumbai-based writer and entrepreneur. Devaiah is married to Bhakti Saraswat, computer science engineer and user experience designer. They have a son, Raghav Thimmaiah Palanganda.

Book Details

ISBN: 9789385741067
Publisher: Rolling Stone Publications
Number of Pages: 116
Dimensions: 7"x9"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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