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My Coorg Chronicles

P. T. Bopanna
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Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Language: English
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My Coorg Chronicles traces the journalistic journey of P.T. Bopanna, his foray into writing books, his activism, and importantly his efforts to chronicle various facets of Kodagu (Coorg) district in Karnataka.

Bopanna has been covering and chronicling Kodagu for four decades. His long and eventful journey started with his appointment as the Coorg Correspondent for The Hindu newspaper at Madikeri in Kodagu.

Besides reporting on the district's affairs, he has brought out a number of books on this unique region, developed a string of Kodagu-centric websites and produced a documentary video on the land.

An important aspect of his journalistic career has been his activism in fighting for various Kodagu causes. Bopanna often leveraged his significant footprint in social media to champion these causes. In fact his online campaign ‘Repair Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road’ was a significant victory for the people over government indifference.

Bopanna, as a signatory to the petition in the Karnataka High Court, has sought the quashing of the amendment that would allow the sale of Jamma land. He has championed many other issues too, to protect the interests of the indigenous communities of this area.

He has written extensively to convince policy makers on the need to retain the Arms Exemption given to the residents of Kodagu to possess firearms. Coming to one of the most popular initiatives that were launched by Bopanna, it is the ‘Coorg Person of the Year’ title, which he instituted to recognize outstanding achievers and to create role models for the community.

The book discusses the religious beliefs of Kodavas (Coorgs), and also spells out of a political road map for Kodagu. Another interesting topic discussed in the book is on the origin of the Kodavas.

The foreword for the book has been written by P.M. Belliappa, IAS (Retd). The ‘afterword’ has been written by well-known researchers Boverianda Nanjamma and Chinnappa.

Bopanna has written nine books, including his bestselling book “Are Kodavas (Coorgs) Hindus?’

My Coorg Chronicles has colourful photographs, illustrations and a caricature of Bopanna by cartoonist Ponnappa. The book has been published by Rolling Stone Publications.

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: 9789385741104
Publisher: Rolling Stone Publications
Number of Pages: 88
Dimensions: 5.51"x8.27"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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