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Sunday, 29 December 2013


Finally the long wait comes to a close!

Three books are lined up for release and two of them are almost entirely there. They will be available in India and in the US chiefly.

These books are nonfiction and on history. I was exploring the history of Kodagu, a local popular history. This work turned into a tome which has now been cut out into three parts and hence three books. A famous historian (Bloch) once stated that the accurate way to approach history is backwards. That is to study history from the present age, into the previous centuries and finally into millennia. The same historian asserted that history should be made interesting to all people.

1. Long Ago in Coorg (1834 onwards)
2. The Early Coorgs

Long Ago in Coorg

How did the small numbered civilian army of Kodagu (comprising of farmers who carried arms and with courage) keep the larger well-trained and equipped regular army of the British East India Company at bay in 1834?

How did the British help build Kodagu's economy?

How were Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Vinoba Bhave connected to Kodagu?

Who were Pandyanda I. Belliappa (also called 'Kodagu's Gandhi'), Guddemane Appaiah Gowda, Cheppudira M. Poonacha and the others?

What were Kodagu's contributions to India and to Karnataka?

What was the outcome of the numerous elections fought in Kodagu since Independence?

What were the origins of the Jamma Bane issue, regarding the Kodagu farms, and why does it continue?

How did Kodagu come to be called by the now well-known brand name Coorg?

For solutions to these and more similar questions, read 'Long Ago in Coorg'.

In India: 'Long ago in Coorg' Bookstore
In the US: click this web link: Amazon's 'Long ago in Coorg'

This book is in paperback and in e-book format. It is available for Kindle e-book reader as well.

The Early Coorgs

Who were the mythical sages, village gods and heroes of Kodagu?

Why was a clarion call made in 1174 by a Raja (Pemma Virappa) to all Coorgs of all regions to gather for battle?

Why are the Coorgs, a Hindu (meaning 'ancient Indian') people of Kodagu, and their culture called distinct?

Many have attempted to decipher the origins of the Coorgs and failed. What makes this puzzle so interesting?

The author puts together the pieces of that same puzzle and solves it for you, in not one way but more than two ways. Read 'The Early Coorgs'.

In India: click this web link:  'The Early Coorgs' bookstore
In the US: click this web link: Amazon's The Early Coorgs

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