India,  Karnataka

I Met Kaveri Ponnapa!

I think I am lucky!  I have met a lot of authors in my life. The first person I met was American author, Anthony Robbins who wrote โ€œAwaken the Giant Withinโ€ in the early 1990s.  I have never queued for any author to sign his or her book.  Just the mere memory of my seeing that person or chatting is enough.

I met author ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ of @kaverikamb in Bengaluru  earlier this month.  She has a Masterโ€™s Degree in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.  She authored ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ž๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜€.

She spent more than 8 years to do extensive research on the Kodava people for this 350-page book and I must salute her for the patience and passion.

A note of caution โ€“ this is not a cookbook but reading the book will lead you to want to taste the food of the Kodava people.

She had invited me to her residence and cooked me a traditional Coorg meal.  I was floored when I saw her dressed in a Kanchipuram saree draped in traditional the Kodagu style and she told me that she deliberately wore the saree for me.

That is Kaveri Ponnapa โ€“ humble, soft-spoken, and caring!