Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Its not rare to see autos having this statement:
ಹೆರಿಗೆಗೆ ಉಚಿತ 

Many auto drivers will not come to where you want to go or they might ask you 20 rupees extra. But the same people are idealistic in their own way when it comes to helping out people in emergencies. 

Monday, February 21, 2011


I guess it must have been a craze in old times to get a car registration number with "CAR" in it!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thande Thaayi

ತಾಯಿಗಿಂತ ದೇವರಿಲ್ಲ 
ತಂದೆಗಿಂತ ನೆರಳಿಲ್ಲ 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ಆಟೋ ಚಾಲಕರ ಗೋಳು

ದುಡಿಯೋದು "3" ಕಾಸು, ಹಾಕಿದ್ರು ಪೋಲೀಸ್ನೋರು ಒಂದು ಕೇಸು
ರಾತ್ರಿ ಹೆಂಡ್ತಿ ಕೇಳಿದ್ರೆ ಕಾಸು, ಹಿಡ್ಕಂಡು "2" ಬಾರ್ಸು.
(ಆಟೋ ಚಾಲಕರ ಗೋಳು)

Hard work? Check. Police corruption? Check. Marital demands? Check. Domestic violence? Check again.
Can you imagine any other short piece of writing that involves such wide variety of subjects?

Photo courtesy: Sahana

Sunday, February 13, 2011

North Karnataka

ಉತ್ತರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕವನ್ನು "ಗಂಡು ಮೆಟ್ಟಿದ ನಾಡು" ಅಂತಾರೆ. ಯಾಕೆ ಅಂತ ಗೊತ್ತಾ?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

For Hire

Here is an unintentionally funny one (with loads of spelling mistakes)
ತಂದೆತಾಯಿಯವರ ಆಶಿರ್ವಾದ
ಬಾಡಿಗೆಗೆ ದೊರೆಯುತ್ತದೆ
(Photo courtesy: Sahana)

This reminds me of those tickers in news channels - two rows showing totally unrelated news.
Karan Johar's movie premiered today.
5 deaths in Delhi.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Mountains, tall trees, clear skies, a lone house and a clean road leading to it - cliche of a scenery painting found on an auto here.

Saturday, February 5, 2011


As I have mentioned here, "Figure" is a common slang used in Kannada to describe a beautiful female. It seems this guy still identifies himself with his rural roots and hence
ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಫಿಗರ್

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Narasimharaju, even after 3 decades after his death, continues to be the most loved comedian in Kannada film history. Like many of his times, poverty was the driving force behind him joining theatre. Apart from starting his own troupe, he worked in Edatore Drama Company, Hirannayya Drama Company, before joining Gubbi Veeranna's company. Even though he made his entry in films, he continued to be associated with theatre. His combination with Rajkumar is a stuff of film folklore.

(Unrelated trivia: Gubbi Veeranna was a visionary who revolutionized drama. His company used to enact plays across India, in places where people did not even understand Kannada. My dad, who was fortunate to see many Gubbi plays, reminisces about how they used to get an actual elephant on stage to show the war scenes; they used to create the visual effect of sea waves by using silk sarees and imaginative lighting; the troupe would book an entire train to go from one place to other)

So popular was Narasimharaju (along with the ever brilliant T.N.Balakrishna) that producers used to procure their dates, before talking to hero and heroine. It was those times when comedians used to have their own share of songs in a movie.

There is one scene of Narasimharaju I personally love very much. The movie is "Satya Harischandra". In this, Narasimharaju plays Nakshatrika, Vishwamitra's disciple. Vishwamitra urges Nakshatrika to always stay with Harischandra and give him enough troubles, till he is pressurized to lie. In no time, Nakshatrika comes back and tells his guru that he was successful in his attempt. When a visibly happy Vishwamitra asks him how, Nakshatrika says - "Harischandra was just now saying that you are so merciful". That deadpan expression, a subtle hint of sarcasm by voice modulation was what made him a great exponent of his craft. (the first pic is from the same movie I am talking about)

In today's times of mindless comedy shows and silly excuses for humour, Narasimharaju still remains very very relevant!