Head to toe, the essence of a good Kannadiga

Two absolutely heart-warming incidents took place yesterday—small, trivial events that nevertheless shone a giant light on the essence of Kannadiga “decency”.

The first was at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. At the presentation ceremony, captain Anil Kumble received the trophy, and then as he was departing to join his mates, “Jumbo” swooped down to touch the feet of Governor Rameshwar Thakur to receive his blessings.

Kumble only got as far as the knee, but how many Indian captains have done that, would do that, in full public view?

The second was at the 74th Kannada sahitya sammelan in Udupi. As is the custom, the sammelan president Prof. L.S. Seshagiri Rao (in picture) was taken in a procession to the venue. As the morning sun blazed into the eyes of the octagenarian poet, the dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, Veerendra Heggade, got up and held an umbrella.

How many other dharmadhikaris (and godmen), most of whom ensure that the President of India sits one notch below them on public fora, would do that, you wonder?

Photograph: courtesy Deccan Herald