Kollegal Mahesh has a cute story in today’s Vijaya Karnataka on virtually all the 250-300 families in Pakshi Rajapura in Hunsur taluk having at least one “foreign returned” member.
The hakki-pikki people of Rajasthani origin earlier earned their bread selling hair pins, bangles and combs. A few hunted for a living, till tough wildlife laws came into force.
Soon, according to the report, they got into making ayurvedic oils for massages, which they have been selling with pleasure and profit in South East and West Asian countries.
So what, you say?
Well, here’s what: all of them are illiterates and use their thumb impression to make their way.