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    ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ವಿಜಯಾ ಕುಲಕರ್ಣಿ ಅವರಿಗೆ,
    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆತ್ಮೀಯ ಆಹ್ವಾನಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ವಂದನೆಗಳು.

    2003 ಜುಲೈ 13 ರಂದು ನಡೆದ ‘ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮಾವೇಶ' ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದ ವಿವರಗಳನ್ನು ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡು ಸಂತೋಷವಾಯಿತು. ಅಂದಿನ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ಬರಲು ತುಂಬಾ ಕಾತುರರಾಗಿದ್ದೆವು. ಆದರೆ ನಮ್ಮಾಕೆಗೆ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ದೇಹಾಲಸ್ಯವುಂಟಾಗಿ ಬರಲಾಗಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಇದರಿಂದ ಒಂದು ‘ಸುವರ್ಣಾವಕಾಶ'ದಿಂದ ವಂಚಿತರಾದೆವು. ಕ್ಷಮಿಸಿ. ಮುಂದಿನ ಸಮಾವೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಬರಲು ಖಂಡಿತಾ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ.

    ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಕವಿಗಳು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಜನ ಇರುವುದು ಕಂಡು ಅಚ್ಚರಿಯಾಯಿತು. ಹಾಸ್ಯ ಬರಹಗಳು, ವಿಮರ್ಶಾ ಲೇಖನಗಳು ಇದ್ದದ್ದು ಸಂತೋಷ. ಹಿರಿಯರಿಗೂ ಕಿರಿಯರಿಗೂ ಸಮಾನ ಪ್ರಾಶಸ್ತ್ಯ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿರುವುದು ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಮೆಚ್ಚುಗೆಯ ಸಂಗತಿ. 25 ಜನರು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ 3 ಗಂಟೆಗಳ ಈ ವೈವಿಧ್ಯಮಯ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ನಮಗೆ ಅನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತವೆನಿಸಿತು.

    ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ವಿದೇಶೀ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯ ನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಿಕ- ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳು ಈ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಜರುಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ನಮಗೆ ಅತೀವ ಆನಂದ ಉಂಟುಮಾಡಿದೆ.

    ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣರಾದ ಮೇರಿಲ್ಯಾಂಡಿನ ‘ನಮ್ಮನೆಲೆಯ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆಲ್ಲಾ' ನಮ್ಮ ವಂದನೆಗಳು.

    ಪ್ರೊ.ಜಿ.ಅಶ್ವತ್ಥನಾರಾಯಣ
    ಪ್ರೊ. ಎಂ. ಆರ್‌.ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀದೇವಿ

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    ಯಾರಿಗೆ ಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ ಈ ‘ ಅಕ್ಕ' ರಾಜಕೀಯ

    Dear Editor:

    For the past couple of months I have been following all this hoopla about AKKA. I have been living in the US (in Los Angeles) since 1970. When I came here, there were very few Kannada families.. Of these, I got very close to Aithals and I have maintained the same close relationship todate. I still remember we getting together at one of the homes of these Kannada families (of course more often than not, it would be at Aithals!!). We did not have any specific agenda and we enjoyed getting together, being able to converse in Kannada, share things with each other and having a good time. As the number of Kannada speaking population started growing, we thought of formalizing such get togethers by proposing to form an Association. Of course, the rest is history. Kannada Koota of Southern California was formed (to cater to the Kannadigas of this region) is one of the oldest ones in the US. There are a lot of cultural and social activities under the auspices of this association. As similar associations started springing across the US, there seemed like there was a need for a better coordination of these associations. The result of this effort was the Kannada conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, during 1998. It was an extremely enjoyable function, despite the fact that there were some grumblings among the members about the type of food served etc.,

    Then in September 2000, a similar conference was held in Houston, Texas. This probably was one of the best organized events, and was even more enjoyable and memorable than the one in Phoenix. I still carry fond memories of that conference. During that conference it was announced that the next conference would be held in New York area in 2002. However, due to the events of 9/11, the venue was changed.

    The last conference was held at Detroit, Michigan in September 2002. I did not attend this conference due to short notification I received about this conference. In any case, I gathered (from those who did attend the conference) that the conference was nowhere as organized as the one held in Houston.

    It is extremely unfortunate that now there is a faction of AKKA (known as AKKA-B) has been formed. From the excerpts of the news conference that the president of AKKA-B, held at Bangalore, I notice that they want to establish another unit called AMMA..

    To me this shows the total immaturity. After all the number of Kannadigas in the US (relatively speaking) is very few compared to other groups (such as Gujarathis). Is the group so large that we cannot handle the needs of all Kannadigas under one Association? It sound so ridiculous even to think of forming these sub groups within a small group such as AKKA.

    I know there are a lot of Kannda families who have not joined any association, simply because of this idiotic politics. We have enough to worry about in this foreign land. If this idiotic behavior continues, I can assure you a lot more Kannadigas would prefer to disassociate themselves from the Kannada Associations, whether it be Kannada Koota(s) or AKKA.

    Thanks for listening.

    Raj Iyengar,
    Los Angeles
    20 July, 2003

    Hi,
    I had read the article about stay of the author (Shivananda Naganur) in Melbourne. As I had visited other palces too, I could understand when he described" kaddi na gudda maadi thoristhaarey", MCG etc.. But i did realise there are really interesting places around melbourne like Ballarat, 12 apostles etc.. So, went back to article and read through. Though there is a picture of author with the fantastic apostles backdrop, there is no mention about them. I think the author should revisit thatskannada and write about the city and good things around too while saying "kaddi na gudda maadi thoristhaare" and "abroad cities are neat, good and well maintained". There is nothing wrong in whatever he has written, but it would be even better if he did write about some worth visiting places around melbourne.
    Regards,

    Girish.


    Dear Sir,
    Im a regular reader of this portal which really gives me a feeling of travelling back to Karnataka. Incidentally Im a resident of Mumbai and regulary watch Kannada TV channels. I think if you can suggest some good shops/ sites for purchasing of Kannada VCDs Ill be happy.

    Nagaraja MN
    Mumbai

    Hi Dingri,
    Cine journalists and their Kannada is really a very good article. annu shAlinalli sutti chennAgiye barisiddeeri namma non-Kannada filmstars-galannu.

    Charan C.S.

    ಆತ್ಮೀಯ ವಸುಧೇಂದ್ರ,

    ಕೆಲವು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ನಿನ್ನ ವೆಬ್‌ಸೈಟು ‘ಸೃಜನ' ನಿಂತುಹೋದಾಗಿನಿಂದ ನೀನು ಬರೆಯುವುದನ್ನೇ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿರುವೆ ಎಂದುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೆ. ಈಗ ‘ಯುಗಾದಿ' ಕಥೆ ಓದಿ ಬಹಳ ಸಂತೋಷ ಆಯಿತು. ಬಹಳ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದೀಯೆ. ಸದ್ಯದಲ್ಲೇ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಪುಸ್ತಕವನ್ನು ಹೊರತರಲಿದ್ದೀಯೆ ಎಂಬ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಕೇಳಿ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಸಂತೋಷ ಆಯಿತು.

    ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಶ್ಯಾಮ್‌,

    ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ವೆಬ್‌ಸೈಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮವಾದ ಸಣ್ಣಕಥೆಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೀರಿ. ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ಓದಿದ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಉತ್ತಮವಾದ ಕಥೆ ಅಂದರೆ ಕೋಡಿಬೆಟ್ಟು ರಾಜಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಅವರು ಬರೆದಿರುವ ‘ಕೋವಿ ಮನೆ'. ಇಂಥಹ ಕಥೆಗಳನ್ನು ಓದಿದ ಮೇಲೆ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಕಥೆಗಳನ್ನು ಓದಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಹುಚ್ಚು ಹಿಡಿದಿದೆ. ಪ್ರತಿದಿನ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ವೆಬ್‌ಸೈಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದಾದರೂ ಹೊಸ ಕಥೆಗಳಿವೆಯೆ ಎಂದು ಹುಡುಕುತ್ತಿರುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದರೆ ಪ್ರಿಂಟ್‌ ಮಾಡಿ ಸಂಜೆ ಟ್ರೈನಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೋಗುವಾಗ ಓದಲು ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಕಥೆಗಳನ್ನು ಓದುವ ಸಲುವಾಗಿ ಸಂಜೆಯಾಗುವುದನ್ನೇ ಕಾಯುತ್ತಾ ಚಡಪಡಿಸುತ್ತಿರುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಟ್ರೈನಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಥೆಗಳನ್ನು ಓದುವಾಗ ನನ್ನ ಮನಸ್ಸು ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವುದೇ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಮಲೆನಾಡಿನ ಮೂಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದೋ ಹಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ‘ಕೋವಿಮನೆಯಲ್ಲೋ', ಅಥವಾ ಗೋಪಣ್ಣ ಮಾಸ್ತರರಿಗೆ ಅನುಕಂಪ ತೋರುತ್ತಾ ಅವರ ಒಂಟಿತನದಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲೋ ಸೇರಿಕೊಂಡುಬಿಟ್ಟಿರುತ್ತೆ.

    ವಾರಾಂತ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದಾದರೂ ಕೆಟ್ಟ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಿನಿಮಾವನ್ನು ನೋಡಿ ಉಂಟಾಗಿದ್ದ ಕೋಪ, ಇಂತಹ ಕಥೆಗಳನ್ನು ಓದಿದ ಮೇಲೆ ಶಮನವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಕಥೆಗಾರರಿದ್ದಾರಲ್ಲಾ ಎಂದು ಕನ್ನಡದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೆಮ್ಮೆ ಎನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಇತರರಿಗೂ ಬರೆಯಲು ಸ್ಫೂರ್ತಿಯಾಗುತ್ತೆ.

    ಶೇಷಾದ್ರಿವಾಸು
    ನ್ಯೂಜರ್ಸಿ

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    Hi,

    Here is a cut-and-paste extract from something I wrote some time back and set aside for expansion/correction. There is also a snippet in "My fair lady"(not in Pygmalion) on the same idea.- Krishnapriyan

    "On some of our trips to Mavinakere, the abode of our family deity, Ranganatha, we used to travel by the night mail train from Bangalore to Poona. We never reserved seats, perhaps because of a lack of planning ahead, but one can also put it down to trust in Ranganatha, who would provide seats for us on the train, if he really did want us to go and see him. If we were lucky, we would get into one of the Mysore compartments, which got detached in Arsikere, and got attached to the Ariskere-Mysore shuttle, and we could doze off and wake up in the morning headed towards Mavinakere via Hassan. If not, we would have to force ourselves to stay awake, until we got to Arsikere and move on to the shuttle, in order to avoid speeding towards Poona, until a ticket inspector caught onto us. It is on one of these trips that we heard the following story.

    There was a station master at Hassan, who was supposed to loudly announce Hasna, Hasna whenever the train from Arsikere to Mysore arrived in Hassan, since all the people dozing off to the rhythmic noise of the train and destined for Hassan had to be woken up to get off there. The stationmaster probably did not have the opportunity to polish up his pronunciation of the glottal H sound, under the watchful eyes and wrathful canes of his language teachers in his younger days. He must have spent his boyhood in pleasanter pursuits, and must not have realized the great impact this sort of lack of attention to pronunciation would have on his lifestyle when he grew up to be a stationmaster.

    The man used to yell Asna, Asna instead, dropping his aitches all over the place. This came to the attention of one of his purist superior officers in the railways. The officer did not and perhaps could not fire him for this lapse of correct pronunciation. What could he do to fix the situation? The two-in-one solution he found would have warmed the cockles of the hearts of the inventors of the reflecting flea and tick collar and the can opener/knife sharpener combo. He thought of the brilliant idea of transferring the man from Hassan to Arsikere, accomplishing two things at once. In the first place, the transfer would be a rap on the knuckles for the station master. Hassan, a district head quarters, had all the modern amenities that the a district headquarters would have, whereas Arsikere was a much smaller town, a much less desirable place to be. Probably not as bad as Kollegala, but definitely a big step down from Hassan. Secondly, since Arsikere did not have aitches to be dropped, the travellers were spared the dreadful fate of being woken up by mispronounced words grating on their ears.

    Sadly, the idea did not work well. The newly transferred stationmaster would yell Harsikere, Harsikere on the arrival of the mail at Arsikere, introducing a h sound where it was not needed."

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    Hello,

    very useful website. I liked the site and contents. I am also a writer. I enjoy reading your site.

    - Shivashankar

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    Dear Editor,

    I like thatskannada.com very much, this is my fevourate one and only web site. I LOVE THATS KANNADA

    -Anupama. Naganur

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    Hi thatskannada team,

    Your site is coming out excellent these days-both in content and presentation. I read Janakis article about authors and literature. It was an eyeopener article for all the senior writers as well as budding writers.

    Interviews by Chetan and Mukund are good. I dont know why these two are behind actors and actresses. Let them also project other unsung heroes dedicated to other fields.

    Keep up the good work.

    -Charan CS, Bangalore

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    Dear Editor

    I thoroughly enjoyed the poem A-Ha and also the response by MySreeNa. This is the standard that is needed to be seen in Kannada publications! Thanks so much for sharing your creations with the rasikas. The recognition of a pronunciation problem, common but not trivial, and composing a comical poem about shows Ramapriyas creative skills. The cleverness of MySreeNa is seen in catching the appropriateness of the name "Ramapriya" and making a story based on that! I cant stop craving for more of these. Please continue!

    Vijaya Venkatesh

    ಆಹಾ-ರಾಮಪ್ರಿಯ, ಹಾಹಾ-ಹನುಮಂತ! ವಸುಧೇಂದ್ರರ ‘ಯುಗಾದಿ' ಕಥೆ ಓದಿ ಕಣ್ಣಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರು ಬಂತು

    ವಸುಧೇಂದ್ರ,

    ಆಫೀಸ್‌ಗೆ ಬಂದ ತಕ್ಷಣ ಭಾರತದ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಓದಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಶುರು ಮಾಡುವುದು ನನ್ನ ಆಭ್ಯಾಸ. ದಟ್ಸ್‌ಕನ್ನಡ ವೆಬ್‌ಸೈಟ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕಥೆ ನೋಡಿದೆ. ಪ್ರಿಂಟ್‌ ಔಟ್‌ ತಗೊಂಡೆ. ಒಂದು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಓದಿ ನಂತರ ಬೇರೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡೋಣ ಅಂದುಕೊಂಡೆ. ಆದರೆ ಮುಗಿಸುವವರೆಗೂ ಕೆಳಗೆ ಇಡಲಾಗಲಿಲ್ಲ .

    ಕಥೆ ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಥೆಯ ಮೂಲಯೆಳೆ ಪರಿಚಿತವೆ ಅನ್ನಿಸಿದರೂ, ಅದರ ಪರಿಸರ ಬಹಳ ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಅನ್ನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಕಥೆ ಓದಿದ ತಕ್ಷಣ ಒಂದೆರಡು ಹನಿ ಕಣ್ಣೀರು ಬಂತು. ಈ ಮೈಲ್‌ ಬರೆಯಲು ಪ್ರೇರೇಪಿಸಿತು.

    Murali
    Vienna, VA - 22182

    Hello Vasudendra,
    Its very nice to read such article after long time. Isit real or story.?!!!
    Thanks,With lots of wishes,
    BNSwamy
    City?

    Hi Vasudhendra,

    I have liked your story ‘YUGAADI’ very much, and it is very interesting. It grabs the readers’ attention in the beginning and it holds them up to end of the story. In the story, the tales are interconnected very well!

    Thanks,
    -Nagaraja
    City ?

    Hi,
    The small story from Vasudhendra is very impressive and touching.I at the age of 32 could feel like Gopanna master and really made me think about my parents in totally a different way.
    Thanks
    sudheer
    City?

    Hello
    Ee kathe thumbaa hRudhaya Sparshiyaagidhe! I am so touched that i dont know what to think. My compliments to your story writing abilities. This story took me so close to reality that I am simply stunned.I am sure all of us will be able to relate to this.
    Please accept my sincere compliments!
    regards
    Jayashree
    Bangalore

    ವಸುಧೇಂದ್ರರ ಕಥೆ ‘ಯುಗಾದಿ'ರವಿಕೃಷ್ಣ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು.

    ‘ಸಾಲುಮರದ ತಿಮ್ಮಕ್ಕನ' ಲೇಖನ ತುಂಬಾ ಹೃದಯಸ್ಪರ್ಶಿಯಾಗಿತ್ತು. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಲೇಖನ ದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಿ ಬಂದಿರುವ ಹಳ್ಳಿ, ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಜನರ ಬದುಕು, ಇವುಗಳನ್ನು ಅನುಭವಿಸಿ, ಈಗ ದೂರದ ಊರಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಲೆಸಿರುವೆ. ನಿಮ್ಮಂಥವರ ಲೇಖನಗಳಿಂದ ನಮ್ಮ ಅನಿವಾಸಿ ಜೀವಗಳಿಗೆ ತಂಪನ್ನು ತಂದಿದ್ದೀರಿ ಎಂದರೆ ತಪ್ಪಾಗಲಾರದು. ಸಕಲ ಅನುಕೂಲಗಳಿದ್ದೂ, ಬುದ್ಧಿವಂತಿಕೆ ಇದ್ದೂ, ನಮ್ಮ ಸುತ್ತಲಿನ ಜನಕ್ಕೆ, ಜೀವನಕ್ಕೆ ನಾವು ಏನೇನು ಮಾಡಬಹುದು ಅನ್ನುವ ವಿಚಾರ, ತರ್ಕ, ಸಭೆ ಇವುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಳುಗಿ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿರುವವರಿಗೆ ಇಂತಹ ನಿದರ್ಶನಗಳು ಕಣ್ಣು ತೆರೆಸುತ್ತವೆ ಅನ್ನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

    ನಿಮ್ಮ ವಿಶ್ವಾಸಿ,
    Jaideva.
    Orlando. FL,USA

    Dera Editor,
    Hartly thanx to Mr.Ravi for introducing great Thimmakka to us. She is a model to all. Everyone should show the ineterest to cultivate trees. So that not only our Bangalore is Green City, our state itself will become "GARDEN STATE".
    Sunitha Jagadeesha,

    NJ

    ಸಾಲುಮರದ ತಿಮ್ಮಕ್ಕನ ಭೇಟಿ ಮಾಡಿದೆ !ಭಟ್‌ ಅವರೇ,

    ಸಜ್ಜನಿಕೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆರ್ಟಿಕಲ್‌ ಓದಿದೆ. ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದೀರಿ. ಆದರೆ, ಸಜ್ಜನಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ ನೋಡಿಯೇ ಕಲಿಯಬಹುದು. ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ಅನಾಯಾಸವಾಗಿ ಬರುವ ಮಾತುಗಳು, ಕೆಲವರು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಪೂರ್ವಕವಾಗಿ ಕಲಿಯಬಹುದು. ನಾವು ತಂದೆ ತಾಯಿಗಳು ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಚಿಕ್ಕಂದಿನಿಂದಲೇ ಸಂದರ್ಭಕ್ಕನುಗುಣವಾಗಿ ಮಾತಾಡುವುದನ್ನು, ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯಿಸುವುದನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿಕೊಟ್ಟರೆ, ಸಜ್ಜನಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಕಲಿಸಬಹುದು. Thanks for bringing up an important issue in life.
    Meena Rao
    Maryland, USA.

    ಸಜ್ಜನಿಕೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ ?

    hi,
    who made this Hanasoge, Kumara swamy and Prasad shastry to represent akka?
    how many members do they represent and is this full time job for Mr.kumara Swamy to go to bangalore and have press conferences. akka is in u.s.a not in bangalore
    Dr.shantha Murthy

    USA

    ವಿ.ಎಂ.ಕುಮಾರಸ್ವಾಮಿ- ಹನಸೋಗೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಪತ್ರಿಕಾಗೋಷ್ಠಿ

    To the Editor Mr. Shamasundar:
    Namaskara!
    Let me first congratulate you on the wonderful job you are doing. This is a clarification on the "veerashaiva meeting" mentioned by Dr. Ramachandra Sharma in his speech and his letter.
    It was the tenth annual convention of Veerashaiva Samaja of North America held in Chicago in 1987. About 400 people from all over USA and Canada attended the convention to participate in the religious, cultural and social activities.
    Professor A. K. Ramanujam was the chief guest speaker. His talk on vachanas was very well received by the captivated audience. Mr. Ramanujam knew what the theme of the convention was when he graciously accepted the invitation to address the gathering.
    There was vachana recitation, group prayer, kannada songs, dances, skit and a kannada drama presented by children and adults. A few people (it was 16 years ago, very few I would
    think) might have attended the convention with matrimonial ideas for their kids. What difference did that really make? It is hard to imagine that Mr. Ramanujam felt "khedha" or even dwelled over the reason why people attended the socio-religious conference!
    Regards,
    Bhavani Prasad
    ( P.S. I served as cultural committee chairperson for the convention.)

    ಅಮೆರಿಕದಲ್ಲಿನ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಮತ್ತು ಕನ್ನಡ

    Dear Sir,
    This is one example of how half baked writers inject immature ideas into the minds of people.
    It is very difficult to explain why rains fail or shower unseasonally. Even analysis of satellite data by super computers fail to precisely indicate why monsoons fail or delay. How ever planting trees is a good idea. But only trees or forest alone can not assure monsoons. On the other hand Parjanya japa is not a totally bad idea. These are some ways a troubled people find out to insist on Super natural powers. It is the prerogetive of people to prey for Gods when everything fails. There are always powers of nature that are not under human control.
    These half baked articles, in no way, enhance the value of your web portal.
    N.V.Anil Kumar
    Bangalore

    ಜನರ ಹಣವನ್ನು ಪರ್ಜನ್ಯ ಹೋಮಕ್ಕೆ ಸುರಿದ ಮೂಢ ಸರಕಾರ

    Hi,
    I like thatskannada.com very much.Vishnuvardhans article is very nice. I wish you all the best. i am eagarly awaiting some more news. thanks.

    veena
    City?

    ಕಲಾಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ‘ವಿಷ್ಣು' ಸಹಸ್ರನಾಮ !

    Dear Dattathri

    Your essays on the lives and works of the great personalities like Shivaram Karanth and William Stafford on either side of the ocean are unique and very useful apart from being of good quality in themself. Contrasting, comparing and bringing out the common elements of the great authors from the seemingly diverse cultures of east and west has great value to both the societies; especially to those who are shelled in theirs and have difficulty in looking into the other. I hope you find time to translate your essays to English as well.

    Best Regards

    L. Ganapathi, Canada
    lganapathi@nc.rr.com

    ಪೂರ್ವ - ಪಶ್ಚಿಮಹಲೋ ರವೀ... ನಾನು ಸೋಮು ಅಂತ..‘ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಕೆಲಸಗಳನ್ನು ಸಹೃದಯರು ಸದಾಕಾಲ ಮೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತಾರೆ'

    Dear Shamasundar,
    "Chow-Chow Bath", I enjoyed the section very much as it contains many useful information that are of interest to me. Please keep that section alive and I am quite sure many of the readers are interested in that. I appreciate very much your work and urge you to do more and more. Good work always brings in good appreciation, (I dont have to tell you the that!) I wish you all the best while appreciating your service..

    Sincerely,
    - Naga Aithal
    LA

    ಚೌಜೌ ಭಾತ್‌

    Hi sham
    http://thatskannada.com/news/2003/06/26/police.html
    Its really very good that our police department is taking interest in protecting publics. Nowadays as the crimes are becoming more and more everywhere its better to have certain things that helps our people. Hope this project works well in future.
    - ShobhaRangegowda
    NJ

    Dear Sham,
    I liked the "kADa naDuvina maLe" short story by Raghunath. The story really touched my heart so much that I read it twice continuously. Convey my best wishes to him. I wish you publish short stories (old and new) in your web site on a regular basis say once or twice a week. This way, soon we will have a large collection of good short stories in your portal.
    Regards
    - Vasu
    NJ

    Dear Editor
    /sahitya/article/250603australia.html
    Excellent tour report. I liked it and was easy to read for me! Because I am also from Bijapur. I live in Ottawa, Canada now. I like writing in the accent we speak.
    Thanks,
    - Patil YJ

    Dear sir,
    Reg: tippu this was written long back even before the traslation tippu nijaswrupa" :
    As far as old mysore is concerned tippu was great and what not. this is due to poornaihs advice. tipu forced the women folk of maharajas family to clean the stables and used to give them " ragi mudde. he burnt the library of the maharaja to cook horse gram!!! He forced devan poornaihs daughter to marry one his commandants . she was also imprisoned with the members of the tipus family at vellore. her only request was that she should have a mausoleum built in the shape of a temple. this was fulfilled by her son. it is there as one among so many graves of tipus family at vellore. he forced and converted lots of hindus at kodagu and also in north malabar. he forced Christians of mangalore to walk from mangalore to srirangapatnam as one of the Christians gave some information to British. ( this may or may not be true but tipu suspected it) nearly thousands died during the march. the group included women and children . they were not even offered water let alone food during the journey!! He destroyed guruvayoor temple and looted it . so also he destroyed so many temples outside mysore state of that period. some how our so called leaders forget all these things. it was a fact that he was a coward and to save his life he even pledged his children to English!!!
    what a great tiger of mysore!!! Ha Ha Ha Ha. the lie is repeated and it becomes a fact. he did not dare do such dastardly acts at old mysore as he feared that he will have to face the wrath of the hindus who were in majority in his kingdom. for all these things unfortunately poornaih had also had a hand. what a shame!!
    Y/S
    - N S Char

    ‘ಟಿಪ್ಪೂ - ನಿಜಸ್ವರೂಪ'

    Dear Dattatri,
    /column/datta/260603stafford.html
    I read with interest your recent article in ThatsKannada.com. You have written it very well. Congratulations!
    -Vishvanath Hulikal
    CA

    To The Editor, thatskannada.com
    Thanks for attending and covering the function 4th BDay of www.chitraloka.com We thank you for the wonderful write up about the function in your esteemed portal. Always frank write ups, promoting new comers, encouraging web sites like chitraloka are the main qualities of thatskannad.com.

    Salutations from Chitraloka
    - K.M. Veeresh, Bangalore
    Editor

    ಚಿತ್ರಲೋಕಕ್ಕೆ ಮೂರು ತುಂಬಿತಣ್ಣ !

    Namaskara,
    the article naanu kandanthe s.k.harihareshwara has come out really well. most often we dont find words to explain the VYAKTHITVA of jem of persons like s.k.harihareshwar. But Dr.kulakarni has succeeded in bringing the article in such a beautiful way. its so true that he encourages everyone to write, it was he who asked me to write the article on our kannada sangha at iit-kanpur. after seeing the article in your website and getting so many congratulations, I feel like writing many articles..
    vandanegalondige,
    -Bindumadhavi.P
    Mysore

    ‘ನಾನು ಕಂಡಂತೆ ಎಸ್‌.ಕೆ.ಹರಿಹರೇಶ್ವರ'

    Dr. G.V.Kulakarniyavarige namaskaara.
    I read with pleasure your two-part articles about Sri S.K.Harihareshwara and his maatina mamTapa essay-collection. You have written nice things about nice person/his work in a nice way! I am sure many will agree with me. I was blessed by Sri SKH during our first meet at WKC-2002 Detroit, he gave me a complimentary copy of the book maatina mamTapa; I have read the book in full once but will read some essays again and again - at least a few portions. Your articles yesterday and today, I consider as "complementary" to my knowledge about Sri SKH and his works.

    Thanks should also go to Sri S.K.Shamasundara of thatskannada.com - who helped/is helping spread Kannada worldwide!

    To end my note, let me quote a quickwit used by Sri Vishweshwar Bhat - Chief editor of Vijaya Karnataka. In a recent article he wrote, Hari and Sham - both with initials S.K have proved beyond doubt that S.K stand for "shuddha kannaDiga" !

    Warm regards and best wishes,

    - Srivathsa Joshi
    Maryland

    ಮಾತಿನ ಮಂಟಪ : ಅಪೂರ್ವ ಪ್ರಬಂಧಗಳ ಅನನ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ

    Responces to Kanpur Kannada article by Bindu in Mysore

    1) I saw the site and the article, its really cool. Didnt find any mistakes on first reading. You guys have given our IIT-K Kannada Sangha some lift-up. Ill mail it to our seniors Ravi and one of his seniors as well. Theyll also be extremely happy. Holla and I will both be joining Samsung on July 11th. Till then, its much deserved and needed rest for both.Vijay

    2) Read your article. Good one. I have lost all touch to such social events. May be a time will come where I would long for that.-Avinash Dongre

    3) CONGRATULATIONS DEAREST BINDU! I ENJOYED READING YOUR ARTICLE. I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES. TEARS OF JOY. I FELT VERY HAPPY. CANT EXPRESS. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! LOVE YOU LOTS- Adarsha Rao

    4) ನಾನು ಕಾನ್ಪುರದಲ್ಲಿ ಏಳು ವರ್ಷ ಓದಿದವ. ಎದ್ದು ಬಿದ್ದು ಗುದ್ದಾಡಿ ಎಂ.ಟೆಕ್‌ ಪಿಹೆಚ್‌ಡಿ ಗಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡವ. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಲೇಖನ ಓದುತ್ತಿದ್ದಂತೆ ಕಾನ್ಪುರದ ನೆನಪು ಮರುಕಳಿಸಿತು. ತುಂಬಾ ಸಂತೋಷವಾಯಿತು. ಹಳೆಯ ನೆನಪಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಶಾಯರಿ.
    ಆಹಾ ನನಗೆ ನೆನಪಾಯಿತು ಕಾನ್ಪುರ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಬಳಗ,
    ಹಬ್ಬಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯ ಸಂಭ್ರಮದ ಮೊಳಗ,
    ಹಾಡು ನಾಟಕ ಲೇಖನದ ಕಿರಿಇಂಚರದ ಸೊಬಗ,
    ರಸನೇಂದ್ರಿಯವ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿಲ್ಲ ಸವಿ ಸವಿ ಕವಳದ ಭೋಗ
    - ಮಧುಸೂದನ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು

    5) I hope you remember me. Remember we used to chat. Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate you on your success in buliding and maintaining Kannada Sangha, in kanpur. Keep the good work.
    - Purushothama Rao Udupi, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

    6) Thank you very much for "world premiering" the Kannada activities at IIT Kanpur. It was nice to read your report in thatskannada.com My heartfelt wishes to you and all your Kannada friends @ IIT Kanpur.

    Best regards,
    - Srivathsa Joshi in Maryland,US

    7) I just came to know that there are Kannadigas in Kanpur. What do the do there? My best wishes.
    - Santosh Shivanna, Bangalore

    Hi Sukumar,
    Just now, I have read your Onti Hudugana Vyatheya Kathe It is good! Good work done.
    Nice to read such poems in thats kannada site.
    Thanks and Regards,
    - Ashoka Bhat Mambady

    ಹಲೋ, ಬಿ. ಜಯಶ್ರೀ ಅವರೊಡನೆ ಮುಖಾಮುಖಿ ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಓದುವಾಗ ನಮಗೆ ನಮ್ಮೆದುರಿಗೆ ನಿಂತು ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೇನೋ ಅನ್ನುವ ಭಾವನೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಅವರ ಮಾತುಗಳ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪವೂ ಬದಲಾಯಿಸದೇ ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಿದ ನಿಮಗೆ ವಂದನೆಗಳು. ಅವರ ‘ರಂಗಭೂಮಿ ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ದೇಶ ಇಲ್ಲ' ಎನ್ನುವ ಅವರ ನೋವಿನಿಂದಾಡಿದ ಮಾತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ಅಗಾ-ಧವಾದ ಅರ್ಥವಿದೆ. ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಪನಿ ನಾಟಕಗಳ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗತಿಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡಿದರೆ ಅವರ ನೋವಿನ ಅರ್ಥವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ರಂಗಗೀತೆಗಳು ನಾಟಕಕ್ಕೆ ಮೀಸಲು, ಆ ಗೀತೆ-ಗ-ಳ-ನ್ನು ನಾಟಕ ಬಿಟ್ಟೂ ಹಾಡಿದರೆ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಅರ್ಥವಿಲ್ಲವೆನ್ನುವ ಮಾತನ್ನು -ಜ-ಯ-ಶ್ರೀ ಸುಳ್ಳಾಗಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ರಂಗಗೀತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಜನಪ್ರಿಯಗೊಳಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯ-ತ್ನ-ದ ಅವರ ಮುಂದಿನ ರಂಗಗೀತೆಗಳ ಸಿಡಿ/ಕ್ಯಾಸೆಟ್‌ ಯೋಜನೆ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಲಿ ಎಂದು ಹಾರೈಸೋಣ. ಅವರ ‘ಬಣ್ಣದ ಬದುಕಿನ ಚಿನ್ನದ ಹಾಡುಗಳು' ಅಮೇರಿಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಲ್ಲಂತೂ ಬಹಳ ಜನಪ್ರಿಯ. ಸರಳ ಸ್ವಭಾವದ, ಕಂಚಿನ ಕಂಠದ ಜಯಶ್ರೀ ಅವರ ‘ಕಬ್ಬಿನ ಜೊಲ್ಲೆ ...' ಹಾಡಿಗಾಗಿ ಕಾಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.
    -- ಮವಾಸು, ಕ್ಯಾಲಿಫೋರ್ನಿಯ

    ‘ರಂಗಭೂಮಿ ಸತ್ತರೆ ದೇಶ ಸತ್ತಹಾಗೆ'ರಾಮನಾಮ ಪಾಯಸಕ್ಕೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣನಾಮ ಸಕ್ಕರೆಯಂತೆ

    ಮನ್ವಂತರದ ಸೀತಾರಾಂ ಮತ್ತು ಹರಿಹರೇಶ್ವರ ಲೇಖನಕ್ಕೆ ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ.

    ಮನ್ವಂತರ ಧಾರಾವಾಹಿಯನ್ನು ನಾನು ಮತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಯವರೆಲ್ಲ ತಪ್ಪದೆ ನೋಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಧಾರಾವಾಹಿಯ ಕಥೆ ಮತ್ತು ನಿರೂಪಣೆ ನಮನ್ನು ಮಂತ್ರಮುಗ್ಧರನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿತು. ನಮಗೆ ಹರಿಹರೇಶ್ವರ ಅವರು ಯಾರೂ ಅಂತಲೇ ಗೊತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಅವರ ಮನೆ ಎಲ್ಲಿದೆ ಏನೂ ಗೊತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ, ನಮ್ಮ ಸೀತಾರಾಂ ಅವರು ಮೈಸೂರಿಗೆ ಬರುತ್ತಾರೆ ಅಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಾದ ತಕ್ಷಣ ಅವರಿಗಾಗಿ ಹುಡುಕಾಡಿದೆವು. ತ.ಸು. ಶಾಮರಾಯರ ಟ್ರಸ್ಟ್‌ ಮೂಲಕ ನಮಗೆ ಸರಸ್ವತಿಪುರಂನಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಉಷಾಕಿರಣ್‌ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ (ಈಗ ಅದು ಹನಾಸುನಂ) ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ಇರುವುದು ಗೊತ್ತಾಯಿತು. ಅವರ ಮನೆಗೆ ಕರೆಯದೇ ಹೋಗಿಬಿಟ್ಟೆವು.

    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಲೇಖನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದಿರುವಂತೆ ಸೀತಾರಾಂ ಸಭಿಕರ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಕೊಡುವುದು ಯಾವುದೂ ಬಾಕಿ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮಾಜದ ಇವತ್ತಿನ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗತಿಯನ್ನು ಅವರು ಧಾರಾವಾಹಿಯಲ್ಲು ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಬಿಡಿಸಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಂತೂ ನಮಗೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರನ್ನು ಮುಖತಃ ನೋಡಿದ್ದು ತುಂಬಾ ಸಂತೋಷವಾಯಿತು.

    ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಸಂತೋಷದ ವಿಚಾರವೆಂದರೆ ಹರಿಹರೇಶ್ವರ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ನಾಗಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಅವರ ಪರಿಚಯವಾದದ್ದು. ಅವರು ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದಿಂದ ಬಂದು ಇಲ್ಲೇ ವಾಸವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಕನ್ನಡ ಕೆಲಸಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಚಕಿತರನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿತು. ಅವರು ಕನ್ನಡದ ಕೆಲಸಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂತೋಷದಿಂದ ಮತ್ತು ಹೆಮ್ಮೆಯಿಂದ ಮಾಡುವುದನ್ನು ಕಂಡು ನಮಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಯವರಿಗೆ ಬೆರಗು ಹುಟ್ಟಿಸಿತು. ನಾವೂ ಹೀಗೆ ಯಾವತ್ತಾದರೂ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ಪ್ರೇರಣೆ ಬಂದಿತು.

    ಅವರ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದವರೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ನೀಡಿದ ಅತಿಥಿ ಸತ್ಕಾರ ಭರ್ಜರಿಯಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಹಲಸಿನ ಹಣ್ಣು ಮತ್ತು ಮಾವಿನ ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ರಸಾಯನದ ರೆಸಿಪಿ ನಮಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾದದ್ದು ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲು. ಜತೆಗೆ ಅವರು ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಉಡುಗೊರೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟರು. ವಿಚಾರ, ಆಹಾರ, ಕನ್ನಡ ಪುಸ್ತಕ....ಒಂದಕ್ಕೊಂದು, ರಾಮನಾಮ ಪಾಯಸಕ್ಕೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣನಾಮ ಸಕ್ಕರೆಯಂತೆ...ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿತ್ತು.

    - ರಮಾಮಣಿ ನಾಗರಾಜ್‌
    ಕುವೆಂಪು ನಗರ, ಮೈಸೂರು

    ‘ಮನ್ವಂತರ'ದ ಸೀತಾರಾಂ ಮತ್ತು ಹರಿಹರೇಶ್ವರ

    AthmIya Sham avare,

    The article you have written about the sahithya meeting at Haris place has come out very good. Thanks for the wonderful article.

    Hari avare, we are all proud of you. nimage haagu nagalakshmi avarige A dhEvaru ArOgya BHAgya chennagi karuNisi, innU hechchige imtha kAryakramagaLannu mAdisuvamthaagali yendhu AshisuththEne.

    imthi namaskaaragaLu
    - Ram Prasad, CA

    Sri Hari & Smt.Nagalakshmi yavarige:

    namaskaaragaLu.

    I am glad to read about your relentless untiring activities of/about/from/to KANNADA. Just now I read Shams kemDasampige in which he wrote about manwamtara T.N.Seetarams program at your Saraswatipuram residence. I also came to know that Dr.Guruprasad Kaginele was present there too.

    Very nice to know all these. We all pray GOD to shower good health and "bhagavadanugraha" to You and then through You, to all of us! (all of us in US...:-)

    Warm regards and best wishes,

    - Srivathsa Joshi with Sahana and Srujan
    in Maryland

    Dear Hari & Nagalakshmi,
    I was very happy to read the article on the above function. I remembered the
    Banashankari pooja which we attended at your place in california.
    - Vasu & Jayanthi & Abhay
    NewJersy

    Dear Hari,
    I too just read Shams report of the program at your house. Keep it up and build a snEhasEtu between the aMEriaknnaDiga and kannADa kannaDiga!

    - MSN
    Maryland

    Hi Sukumar,

    Nimma kavana "Omti hudugana……." Tumba chennagide. Sumdara kavana!

    - Triveni Srinivasa Rao
    IL, USA

    Dear Sukumar,

    A great poem indeed. I have a tendency to analyze literature, but to many of your works I simply surrender. Why dont you please write a poem on sharaNaagati ?

    - Mahabala, CA

    ಒಂಟಿ ಹುಡುಗನ ವ್ಯಥೆಯ ಕಥೆ

    Dear Sir,
    I was very happy to fantastic article (poem) "TimmOpAkhyAna". I expect such articles again and again.

    - Yours Kannadiga
    Bennur

    ತಿಮ್ಮರಾಯ ವಿರಚಿತ ವೀಕೆಂಡ್‌ ಮಹಾತ್ಮೆ !

    Dear Editor,
    It is silly that actor Tennis Krishna fought with the cameraman who videoed the marriage. But it is equally, or even more silly for the media to raise a hue and cry. Any sensible person will ask you a question well, whats your problem? Who gave the media this freedom to peep into any ones life?

    Yours
    - Bharat NS

    ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ‘ಗಲಾಟೆ ಮದುವೆ'

    Dear Shama Sundara-namaskaragalu

    Thank you very much for printing the beautiful article. You really made the article really good. Thanks again for your help in editing this article. Because of you we are reading kannada everyday, without fail. Just like one of your readers said we may forget to do the pooja and prayer. But we do visit thatskannada.com everyday.

    Best regards,

    - Matha Tallam
    CA

    ಬೇ ಏರಿಯಾದಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಸವಿ ಜಯಂತಿ

    hi Joshi

    I read your article. Thumbha haasya poornavaagide. first lady annno ondu joke thumbha chennagide. naanu shobha antha Nj alli iddini. nanage kannada matte kannada janagala bagge thumbhaaa abhimaana. naanu oota maaduvudannu mareyuttene aadare thatskannada odade iruvudilla .

    ಕನ್ನಡ ಮ್ಯಾಟ್ರಿಮೋನಿಯಲ್ಲಿ - ಉಚಿತ ನೋಂದಣಿ !

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