After having left no gully and geri on Mother Earth unconquered, Kannada chauvinism is now exploring the vastness of the skies above. Former Chamarajanagar MLA and Kannada chaluvaligar Vatal Nagaraj, who has formed a new front to save himself from extinction, has demanded that airlines serve ragi mudde, ragi kadubu, huruli sambar, and upittu, along with Kannada newspapers, to passengers besides the standard airline menu of bread, tea and soft drinks.
This is a significant step up from churumuri‘s own demand for outlets serving local cuisine at the soon-to-be-opened Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli. Staging a black flag demonstration at the airport yesterday, Nagaraj said food that reflects the “local food culture” should be served by airlines, and threatened to serve ragi mudde meals at the new airport on the day of its inauguration.
Whether Nagaraj and gang want ragi mudde to be served on domestic or international flights, we do not know. Whether they want it only in Karnataka airspace, we do not know. Whether they want Taj and Ambassador sky chefs to make them or local Kannada caterers, we do not know. Whether they would like Vijay Mallya and Captain G.R. Gopinath to be caught eating them to prove their Kannadiganess, we do not know.
We do not know, but we can guess.
(churumuri will be failing in its duties if it does not acknowledge the presence of one G. Mudde Gowda in the protest.)
Photograph: courtesy Karnatakarecipes.blogspot.com
Also read: Country cuisine crashlands in new airport
Nothing wrong with the demand.
These airlines want big airports and all other facilities for their smooth operation. Now that their demands will be met with Devanahalli airport, it is payback time!
At the HAL Airport, if your flight is delayed and you want some food that fills your stomach without emptying your wallet, the security people allow you to go out to the parking area where there is an affordable Udipi.
Picture depicts the popular village saying “hotte tumba hittu, musti tumba anna”. But we keep hearing that, Raagi which was once staple food in villages, is fast disappearing these days.
May be our son-of-the-soil should extend “unconditional” support to Vaatal on the “muddhe mushkara” so that he can enjoy “muddhe and soppina palya” on his back and forth air travel to delhi :-)
Ragi mudde at a restaurant/s within the airport is a legitimate demand and one that needs to be looked into, but on the aeroplanes? Come on. How many Kannadiga connoisseurs and epicureans are likely to tuck into it even if it is on offer, especially when the panneer-butter-masala types are gaping at you?
I don’t know when last Vatal Nagaraj took a plane ride but uppittu has been on offer on several airlines, including Jet, for a long time now. The issue in the air is not of representation for local cuisine but convenience, given the air pockets and turbulence and all that.
If local needs to be represented, why only ragi mudde, why not jolada rotti and yengaai when we are over Belgaum, or neeru dosa as we wing into Mangalore? If it’s a flight into Mumbai, why not sabudana vada and poha as we enter Maharashtra airspace, and dhokla and thepla as we go into Ahmedabad?
This is very messy parochialism. Such protests are a disgrace and only show what Kannada chauvinism is becoming: the first refuge of the unemployable. If local food culture is what is driving these buffoons, what are they doing about the menus of five-star hotels, the clubs and pubs of Bangalore?
Mudde aka Shotput goes well with chicken curry. Maybe they must get Chandu’s in Malleshwaram to open an outlet in the new international airport.
If Kingfisher Airlines can serve idli or Uppittu for breakfast, why not ragi mudde for lunch? They can package it the same way as they package Idli and Sambar. If British Airways can serve Malai Kofta, Rotis and Biryani on a Mumbai London flight, why not Mudde and Curry on flights orginating from or heading to Bangalore?
Airplanes will serve anything you want if
1. The numbers demanding it are sizeable.
2. Transporting such dishes is not expensive for the airline.
I wonder how many of you who travelled on air, really had this thought to eat raaaaagi muddddde on an airplane. Besides, airplane food sucks. You eat it to survive not to show the world, how tasteful your cuisine is. People who crave for raaaagi muddde can always do it 12 hours later, when the plane lands.
how abt some neera instead of neeru
Going by the standard of cattle class food, a cold ragi mudde at 30,000ft can be a weapon in wrong hands.
“Keralapura Hindu Miltary Hotel” at the new airport is a must.
If Vatal et al have their way, is it goodbye “bussaaru”, hello “planesaaru”?
I have few questions. What is so horribly wrong if someone asks for our food. Vatal has not asked for serving only Ragi Mudde to all the passengers. We can keep ragi mudde and if it finds good response, Airlines will continue serving it.
Secondly, we are only talking about mudde here. What about the injustice done to kanndigas in recruitment process by BIAL.
It promised a job to all those farmers who lost their land for the project. But 70% of the jobs have gone to non-kannadigas.
Remember, I am talking about maniac jobs like cleaner, porter, gardening, security, cargo, help boys jobs and not about pilots or air hostess.
Why the BIAL is showing this kind of attitude ?? For every damn thing , we kannadigas should fight. As usual our political leaders are missing from the scene and will arrive only when KRV takes it full pledged, or atleast that is what is the history so far.
Go to Chennai Airport and you’ll see tamil flavour everywhere, why only bengaluru’s projects should look global at the cost of kannadigas??
total waste. they must follow deccan airways and not serve food at all and sell it. anybody can buy what they want. then see hwo many will buy raagi mudde. all those who fight for it will ask for ‘saar, naarthu indian iataa saar, adee kulucha gilucha antaarallaa, adu?”
sorry not saar, medam… ‘ree medam ..’
It would be a shame if the new airport food court does not have South Indian food outlets. Fit case for KRV intervention if they refuse to serve local cuisine. Not sure though about flights – could be an option on the more expensive airlines like Jet and King Fisher.
The ragi mudde in the photo makes me hungy :)
But is it practical to eat ragimudde inflight, i think not. I would rather relish it at the airport lounge if it is available.
There are many of us who consider mudde as laddhi.
Akki rotti or kadabu anyone? With kaayi chatney or koli saaru, take your pick!
Oh how I miss my ragi mudde and hulisoppu!
I think Vatal Nagaraj has a great idea!
>>There are many of us who consider mudde as laddhi.
Akki rotti or kadabu anyone? With kaayi chatney or koli saaru, take your pick!
just because you do not like mudde, dont start denigrating it….there are lots of people who relish it and for whom is the only source of nourishment
Indeed the article showcases one facet of the coin, you need to turn around the coin and dust it.
@ mysore maga : as said KRV were the first ones to show discontent.
They protested on 30th of Jan 2008. I recieved a mail regarding their protest.
Forgive me: for those who cannot read/understand kannada.
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಸಿಗಬೇಕಾದ್ದು ನ್ಯಾಯ. ಆದರೆ
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಅಂತರ್ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದ (ಬೆ.ಅ.ವಿ.ನಿ.) ಕಥೆಯೆ
ಬೇರೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಬೆ.ಅ.ವಿ.ನಿ. ದ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಶುರುವಾದಾಗ ದೇವನಹಳ್ಳಿಯ ರೈತರಿಗೆ
ಕೆಲಸ ನೀಡುವುದಾಗಿ ಬರವಸೆ ಇತ್ತು, ಅವರಿಂದ ಬೆ.ಅ.ವಿ.ನಿ.ಕ್ಕೆ ಜಮೀನನ್ನು
ಬಿ.ಐ.ಏ.ಎಲ್. ಪಡೆದು ಕೊಂಡಿತು. ಆದರೆ, ಬರವಸೆಯನ್ನು ಹುಸಿ ಗೊಳಿಸಿ,
ಈಗ ಬೆ.ಅ.ವಿ.ನಿ. ದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊರ ರಾಜ್ಯದವರಿಗೆ ಕೆಲಸನೀಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಇದೇ ವಿಷಯಕ್ಕಗಿ ಜನವರಿ ೩೦ತ್ತ ರಂದು ಕ.ರ.ವೇ. ಪ್ರತಿಭಟಿಸಿತು.
ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಂಡಿಸಿದ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಅಂಶಗಳು ಕೆಳಗಿವೆ.
೧. ಬೆ.ಅ.ವಿ.ನಿ.ದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಳಸ್ತರದ ಉದ್ಯೋಗದಿಂದ್ ಹಿಡಿದು ಮೇಲ್ಪಂಕ್ತಿಯ ಎಲ್ಲ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಗಳನ್ನು ಕಡ್ದಾಯವಾಗಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆ ನೀಡಬೇಕು.
೨. ಬೆ.ಅ.ವಿ.ನಿ. ಮುಖ್ಯದ್ವಾರ. ನಾಮಫಲಕ, ಜಾಹಿರಾತು ಫಲಕ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಹಂತಗಳಲ್ಲು ಕನ್ನಡ ನುಡಿಯನ್ನ ಕಡ್ಡಾಯವಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಿವಂತಹ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾಹಕರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೆ ವ್ಯವಹರಿಸುವಂತಹ ವ್ಯವಸ್ತೆ ಮಾಡಿ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯನ್ನು ಬಿಂಬಿಸುವ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮಾಡಿ, ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಸಮಗ್ರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಪರಿಚಯ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಡಬೇಕು.
೩. ಬಿ.ಐ.ಏ.ಎಲ್. ನ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಮಂಡಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿ ಪಿ.ಬಿ. ಮಹಿಷಿ ಹಾಗು ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಸೌಕರ್ಯಗಳ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಕಾರ್ಯದಶಿ ವಿ.ಪಿ. ಬಳಿಗಾರ್ ರವರುಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯ ನಾಡಪರ ಉದ್ಧೇಶಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂಭಂಧಪಟ್ಟವರಿಗೆ ಮನವರಿಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಟ್ಟು, ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ವರದಿ ನೀಡಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಹಿತಾಸಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಕಾಪಾಡಬೇಕು.
೪. ಯಾವುದೇ ಶರತ್ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ಬೆ.ಅ.ವಿ.ನಿ.ಕ್ಕೆ ಭೂಮಿ ನೀಡಿದ ದೇವನಹಳ್ಳಿ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಸುಮಾರು ೩೦೦೦ ಕ್ಕು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ರೈತ ಕುಟುಂಬದ ಸದಸ್ಯರುಗಳ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ, ಅವರವರ ಅರ್ಹತೆ ಅನುಸಾರವಾಗಿ ಬರವಸೆ ನೀಡಿದಂತೆ ಕಡ್ಡಾಯವಾಗಿ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ನೀಡಬೇಕು.
೫. ದೇವನಹಳ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿ, ಬೆಳೆಸಿ, ಆಳಿದ ಕೆಂಪೆಗೌಡರ ಹೆಸರನ್ನು ಬೆ.ಅ.ವಿ.ನಿ. ಕ್ಕೆ ಇಡಬೇಕು.
ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಓದಲಿ http://karave.blogspot.com/2008/01/blog-post_31.html
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಕ್ಷಣಾ ವೇದಿಕೆ
You are right. Didn’t mean it in a denigrating way – humorous maybe?
Wanted to bring out that muddhe is not the only staple food eaten by all people of karnataka.
By all means enjoy your muddhe, praise it and demand it for yourself – the right thing to do. But expecting/forcing everyone else to ‘enjoy’ it would be too much…
>>By all means enjoy your muddhe, praise it and demand it for yourself – the right thing to do. But expecting/forcing everyone else to ‘enjoy’ it would be too much>>
Is this also not true of palak paneer, onion kulcha, paneer masala etc which is force fed on all most all airlines. Who is to decide whether north indian food is relished by everyone on the plane.
No arguing on that. I am myself not a fan of unhealthy, gas inducing stuff like paneer whatever.
But overemphasis on all things ragi – as symbolic of karnataka – is not so palateable too…
sir 70% non kannadigas figure ellinda bantu(what source)? If true, the airport shouldnt be allowed to operate!!
The new airport should definitely have a darshini kind outlet serving idli, dose, etc. In th ecurrent HAL airport, they force us to eat cold cake, cold sandwiches once inside security. It is very difficult to make even my American born kids eat that. They will definitely choose idly over some cold horribly tasting sandwich.
ಚುರುಮುರಿ ಸಂಪಾದಕ ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ,
ಒಂದು ಗಂಭೀರವಾದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ಕ್ಷುಲ್ಲಕ ವಿಷಯದೆಡೆಗೆ ತಿರುಗಿಸಿ ಇಡೀ ವಿಷಯದ ಗಹನತೆಯನ್ನೇ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೀರಿ ಎನ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡಿನ ರಾಜಧಾನಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಶುರು ಮಾಡಲಿರುವ ಒಂದು ಅಂತರ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ಮುಕ್ತಾಯದ ಹಂತಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದು, ಇನ್ನೆರಡು ತಿಂಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅದು ಕಾರ್ಯಾರಂಭ ಮಾಡಲಿದೆ. ಈ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣ ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡಿನ ಹೆಬ್ಬಾಗಿಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಉದ್ಯೋಗಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗಲ್ಲಿದ್ದು ಅಷ್ಟು ಕುಟುಂಬಗಳ ಮನೆಯ ಒಲೆ ಹತ್ತಲು ಕಾರಣವಾಗಲಿದೆ.
ಈ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡತನ, ಕನ್ನಡ ನುಡಿ ಮತ್ತು ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆ ಆದ್ಯತೆ ಸಿಗಬೇಕು ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಜಪಾನಿನ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣವೊಂದರಲ್ಲಿ ಜಪಾನಿ ಭಾಷೆಗೆ, ಜಪಾನೀಯರಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಜಪಾನೀಯತೆಗೆ ಆದ್ಯತೆ ಸಿಗಬೇಕು ಅನ್ನುವಂತೆಯೇ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಸಮೀಕರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ನೋಡಿ. ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಮತ್ತು ಕನ್ನಡದ ವಾತಾವರಣ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗಲಿ ಎಂಬ ಬೇಡೀಕೆಗಾಗಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಹೋರಾಟ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಿರುವುದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಾಳಜಿ ತೋರುವಂತಹ ಲೇಖನ ಬರೆಯುವುದು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಬ್ಲಾಗ್ ನ ಘನತೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸೀತು. ನಮ್ಮ ಮೂಲ ಹಕ್ಕಿಗೆ ಹೋರಾಟ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ಹೋರಾಟವನ್ನು ಮರೆಮಾಚಿ ಬೇಡದ ಮುದ್ದೆ, ಜೋಳದ ರೊಟ್ತಿ, ನೀರು ದೋಸೆ ಯೆಂಬ ವಾದಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಬರಹದಿಂದ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಡಕು ಹುಟ್ಟೀತೇ ಹೊರತು ಇನ್ನಾವ ಪುರುಷಾರ್ಥವೂ ಸಾಧಿಸಲಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.
ಇನ್ನು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಬರಹದ ಬಗ್ಗೆಯೇ ಹೇಳಬೇಕೆಂದರೆ ಮುದ್ದೆ ಬರಿಯ ಗೌಡರ ಆಹಾರವೆಂಬಂತೆ ಚಿತ್ರಿಸಿರುವುದು ಬೇಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಯ ಹೇಳಿಕೆ ಅನ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಜಿ. ಮುದ್ದೇಗೌಡ ಎಂದು ತಾವು ವ್ಯಂಗ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಬರೆದಿರುವುದು ಯಾರನ್ನು ಉದ್ದೇಶಿಸಿ ಎಂಬುದು ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗ್ತಿದೆ. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯಲೋಪವಾಗಿರುವುದು ಈ ಹೆಸರು ಬಿಡುವುದರಿಂದಲ್ಲ. ಮುಖ್ಯವಾದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯೊಂದನ್ನು ಮರೆಮಾಚಿ ಬೇಡದ ವರದಿ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದರಿಂದ. ಬಿಡಿ, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅಯೋಗ್ಯತನಕ್ಕೆ ಇದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ನಿದರ್ಶನ ಬೇಕಿಲ್ಲ.
ವಾಟಾಳರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಮುದ್ದೇಗೌಡರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆಪಾದನೆಗಳು ಏನೇ ಇರಲಿ, ನಮ್ಮೂರಿನ ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಹೈದನೊಬ್ಬ ಯಾವ ತೊಂದರೆ ಮುಜುಗರ ಅನುಭವಿಸದೆ… ತನ್ನ ತಾಯ್ನುಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ವ್ಯವಹರಿಸುವಂತಾಗಬೇಕು, ತನ್ನ ಸಹಜ ಆಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಪರದಾಡುವಂತಾಗಬಾರದು ಎನ್ನುವ ಸ್ಥಿತಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗಬೇಕು ಎನ್ನುವ ಹಕ್ಕೊತ್ತಾಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಾವು ಮಾತಾಡಿ. ಹೊರ ಊರುಗಳಿಂದ ಬರುವವರಿಗೆ ಇದು ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡು, ಇದರ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಇಂಥದ್ದು, ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಭಾಷೆ ಇಂಥದ್ದು ಎಂದು ಪರಿಚಯ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಡುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಸಾರ್ವಭೌಮತ್ವ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಲು ಪೂರಕವಾದ ವರದಿ ಬರೆಯಿರಿ. ಬಿಡಿ, ಇವತ್ತಿನ ನಿಮ್ಮ ವರದಿ ಓದಿದ ಮೇಲೂ ನಿಮ್ಮಿಂದ ಅಂತಹ ಬರವಣಿಗೆ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿಸುವುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಮೂರ್ಖತನವೇ ಅನ್ನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.
You are spot on! As you correctly noted, Muddhe is not only Devegowda’s food but the food of all people in Karnataka.
I support the introduction of Indian foods only on airline flights.
Even more accurately, “Shh-shh! Ree medam, *fist-with-thumb-extended pumping toward mouth (to indicate a drink)*”
Boy, the things that air hostesses must endure. It’s hilarious!
‘Indian food’ has already been introduced – so not sure if your support will make much of a difference.
It is local food – from Karnataka – which has to be introduced.
Specifically ragi mudde and ragi kadabu.
‘Remember, I am talking about maniac jobs like cleaner, porter, gardening, security, cargo, help boys jobs and not about pilots or air hostess.’
Ivella huchchru kelasana?!
Ragi mudde is known to make the person who eats it, lethargic, sedentary and drowsy most of the time. I am fine with everything else from Upma to jaangri, special ghee mysorepak, nandini crisp milk burfee and akki roti with unsalted bennae.
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>> Ragi mudde is known to make the person who eats it, lethargic, sedentary and drowsy most of the time.
FYI, humble farmers eat this and toil the fields under hot sun. They are by no means lazy. Why do say just for the heck of saying?
Nothing wrong in demanding. After all we are paying for it and has a right to demand what we want.
The point I want to make is that when these and other point of “Local” and “Indian ness” was made by RSS and other organizations long ago, they were ridiculed and dubbed as “Moral Policing” “Narrow perspective” etc.,
The BJP and its sister organizations has always made Local issues an important ones be it dress, food, Agriculture or way of life. We also have “Swadeshi Mela” organised in various towns including Mysore.
Atleast now we need to look at those issues in true perspective and have a healthy debate.
You may be pleased to know that DB eats Ragi everyday and he is very active and extremely mobile. The other foods you mention will help you to meet your maker double quick!
As Mr.Chandrappa pointed out, Why don’t you write about the problems kannadiga’s at air port. You are too fishy in your stance about kannada-kannadigas-karnataka. Do you think people like Tejasvini whom you think as voice of 100 crores will take up the issue & help kannadigas.
Ashley = atma pudi? you are back to good old vicious DB I used to read.
Glad to know about your consumption of raagi.
DB and others who partake RM. Perhaps I am mistaken on the after effects of this staple food item. Maybe it was because I watched HD Deve Gowda too many times in a stupor to believe that RM is better discarded. I understand that was also what he consumed regularly.
You are forgiven! Now go ahead and buy that Ragi Hittu and make your own Ragi balls. Thanks.
How about a WWF style cage match between you and Deve Gowda?
Raggi mudde vs. benne biscut?
I would put my money on DG kicking your ass. But I may be wrong…
First of all its important to ensure that in the International Airport all of KaRaVe’s legitimate demands which are nothing but reiterations of the original promises made by the BIAL Project Management are implemented in toto. This includes naming the International airport after Naadaprabhu KempeGowda and providing employment in the airport premises to all displaced people in the area where the Airport is coming up.
Kannadiga’s have already been taken for a ride by many IT companies who have tried to downplay the miniscule % of Kannadigas working for them by highlighting the indirect employment provided for catering, transportation and so on, but a visit to any of these IT firms will show that even here increasingly Kannadigas are slowly getting a raw deal.
If BIAL again succeeds in its gameplan in the name of globalisation,International airport and so on….it will only be an indication for other entrepreneurs behind the likes of SEZ’s etc to exploit this.
Internationalairports the world over are seen as small windows to native culture ( even though they offer diversity to suit the tastes of the International travellers, the flavour of the local culture is what stands out).Even in a small country like Switzerland where there are 3 international airports- Zurich, Geneva and Basel , each one reflects the local culture. While Zurich airport is as German as it can be, Geneva reflects in toto French culture. Basel reflects a combination of both but predominantly German in line with the demographics of the place.
A visit to the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport ( with a capacity for handling nearly 40 mn passengers)which is in the process of getting modernised will show that the workforce is predominantly Marathi. While the same itself provides a local flavour, one is astounded by the logo of CSIA which has been creatively designed to look like the name Sivaji.
Coming to the original issue, why can’t we promote KMF’s Nandini brand of products ( remember KMF’s Nandini brand is th 2nd biggest milk brand after Gujarat’s AMUL) in servings in the International flights.Similarly why not serve avarekaaLu Uppittu instead of plain Uppittu, Idli with MangaLooru southekaai Huli rather some stupid Sambar, MTR offerings, Adiga’s Rave Idli. these are definitel products that can be prepared and packaged to suit any international palate.
Talehaarte avare,Malai Koftas or Biryani are not Marathi dishes. Unfortunately as we ourselves can see slowly Mumbai has come to represent UP,Bihar or Punjabi culture than its own Marathi culture ( which actually boasts of better dishes) and if adequate steps are not taken within Namma BengaLuru, it is not far when people start identifying BengaLuru with Kerala Paratha or Andhra meals or so on.
Does anyone know where to get Ragi mudde in Singara Chennai. Nothing like a ragi mudde and talay mamsa on the road side in cubbon park near the press club. Blore im coming.
December 13, 2008 at 3:56 pm
I have lived both in Bangalore, India and the US almost equally, 20 years each. I can vouch for Raagi Hittu(mudde), It’s the best food in the world. When I was growing my Amma ( a house-wife) used to make muddes 2 times a day, afternoon and evening. We used to have baseball size muddes for lunch and dinner. We used to half-joke about praying to God, to grant/assure us this Kari(black, the color of Raagi Mudde) Laadu (laddu) all through our life and we won’t ask him for anything else in life.
Now after living all over the US, travelling all over the world and eating all kinds of recipes form the world over, my craving for Raagi Mudde has not slackened. I bring a big bag of Raagi flour ( of course, as much as my wife and Airline baggage limitations allow…;;))) ) whenever I travel from India and a little of anything else.
In the US, At out home we do Mudde on special occassions. It works out to be once a month on an average. Raagi tastes great with Mamsa( Mutton) Saaru( Gravy), Kaalu ( Black Channa) Saaru, Hidaku Bela Kalu ( Squeezed Averakai bean) Saaru. The last one is my personal favourite which I can only enjoy during the Averakai season.
It is not always that I can plan my visits to India during Averakai Season. So, I get to dream about it during other times. Some might say, try the dried hidakina ( averaki) bela, but to those I say: Nothing beats fresh Averakai and Ragi Mudde.
Finally, I am glad that the rest of India and world is coming to know about Raagi Mudde. I am OK to share my favourite Raagi with them all but not to the stage where it becomes scarce and expensive to the common man. Look what happened to my dear Bangalore, The whole world wants to be a part of the once laid-back beautiful city I grew up. Now it has become too expensive ( busy and dirty when compared to good old days, but still the best city) for the common kannada people who lived there for ages and I think twice before making plans to visit Bangalore.
So don’t take our traditional kannada/karnataka dish Raagi to the same level of popularity as Bangalore, but everybody please try out and enjoy Raagi Mudde. It is the most tasty and healthiest food in the world!
I just posted the above material about Raagi Mudde in another blog. Then I found this blog and it looked appropriate to post it here.
The point is, I have been living in US for so long and visited India about 20-30 times in my 20 years here. Everytime I am travelling to Bangalore, I wish they serve some local foods like Raagi Mudde, bisi-bele-baath, Raagi Dosai, differrent varieties Saarus( Bussaru, Massoppu, Hidaku bela, Kaalu. Mamsa, chicken etc.). So, If Vaatal or any other organization can make this Raagi and Saaru craving fulfilled, My whole hearted support goes out to them.
Once the flying people get Raagi Mudde as a choice, It will get so popular to the extent they could despise their own food. Just like Bangalore has become the favourite city in the world, Raagi-Mudde may reach the same levels of popularity. And that’s a worry but I am willing to give anything for my wish to come true.
Ragi Mudde ki Jai!!